So, I made one myself! I used period techniques and replicated the style of scabbards that would have, or could have, been used by the Soviets during this era. I couldn't be happier with my results!
I decided that the easiest and most accurate style that I could fabricate in the shop, would be the typical canvas over wood style of the 1940's and early 1950's. This would also match the age of the rifle quite well.
- I started off by carving out the blade channel from two matching pieces of mahogany wood.
- Then, I used a hand plane and tapered them to the outside shape, with a wall thickness of about 1/4 inch.
- I glued the two halves together and then did some finish work on the wood.
- I tailored and sewed a canvas cover over the wood.
- I then painted the canvas with thinned oil enamel and then finished with a second coat of "full strength" enamel.
- I finished it up with several coats of ultra-flat, green spray paint.
- I riveted up a leather scabbard frog and added a leather cord to secure the bayonet.
- As a final touch, I stenciled a Soviet Red Star on the scabbard to give it that "real" Cold War feeling.
Here are some photos of the scabbard, scabbard and bayonet, and the entire belt rig:
I am currently looking for a set of brown leather "Y" strap suspenders to use with the belt rig, but until then, I'll be attaching my East German, nylon "Y" strap suspenders as a fill in......... as an added bonus, I can also attach my East German combat pack to the "Y" strap "D" rings. Here are a few pictures: