the carbine will have one.. the stock long barrel will have a cap.. as far as shaping?? if there is no dovetail UNDER the barrel for the forend cap, you have a carbine and needs a band...have you taken it apart to see if they buggered up the barrel under the forend???The barrel band at the muzzle or around the forearm? Does it need to cover the end of wood, seems like most do, but some pics show open wood after the band.
What do you folks think about shaping this forearm down to the thinner version? Are there specs for such? The wood is clearly old and may blend better than modern reproduction.
So it is clearly a carbine with full magazine tube. No threads under barrel, only perpendicular slots cut for the band screws. Barrel blueing looks great. In fact other than the forearm she is a decent 2176xx.
So back to my problem...getting a proper forearm for a carbine. Since 1893 carbines exist then perhaps this perch belly could be gutted (shaped down)? The band would stay where it is.
if its original, it will have a scroll mark like this.. fancy lettering