Cheekrest (kindstöd)

Several versions of leather cheekrest were produced in Sweden, initially on a trial basis in the 1950's, 

but they were never officially adopted for general issue. 

I have been offering an accurate reproduction of these very rare leather cheekrests (kindstöd), 

that were designed to fit the m/41B Sniper version of the M96 infantry rifle, for well over a decade now.


(For more information see the books "The Crown Jewels", by Dana Jones


the German language book "Die leichten Scwedischen Infanteriegewehre Armee und Heimwehr", by Carsten Schinke

This latter German books shows a facsimile of the 1955 m/41B manual, with a cheekrest fitted on the m/41B rifle.)


The Dana Jones book has a major error with regard to cheekrests.

Only leather cheekrests were trialled/used on the m/41 rifle.

What Jones states is a metal cheekrest, is a rear-sight cover assembly!

i.e. a metal cheekrest, in sub-zero Swedish/Arctic winters? Not a good idea...


My reproductions have a single rivet on each strap & brass buckles.

The leather is normally undyed, as it will take on a nice patina with use.

Originals were either stuffed with foam or horsehair - my current offerings use a dense foam.

The lower/inner section closest to the stock is heavy canvas lined

& the cheekrest is completely sewn by hand using period correct waxed cotton thread.


My versions retail at £85


A note from one of my customers in the USA, regarding my reproduction cheekrests:

"Cheekrests with the M41B were a huge topic at the Camp Perry National Matches in Port Clinton, OH. 

They are used in the vintage sniper rifle match but the rules state that only cheek rests that are original to the rifle (repros ok) can be used. 

There are more than a few competitors that won't use the M41B because they don't know that a cheekrest is available. 

You might want to go on the CMP forum and let future competitors know that you sell them."

These cheekrests have been ruled as Civilian Marksmanship Program (C.M.P.) Legal, for Vintage Sniper Matches

...extract from the CMP Forum...

" To:

Subject: M41B Vintage Sniper


Has the original or reproduction leather cheek piece for the M41B Swedish Mauser been accepted for competition in the Vintage Sniper matches?



Today at 8:38 AM

Mr. xxxxxxx,


 Mark Johnson,

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Civilian Marksmanship Program

256-835-8455 ext. 1116 "





(Note: the 3-crown stamp was added by the Swedish customer)