First off, your 96 looks great. I really miss mine that was bought for less than $100 in the 80's. A comparable replacement today would easily go for three times that much, if I could find someone willing to part with one.
Any idea what kind of wood was used? I'd imagine softwood like Scandinavian pine or fir. Was there any evidence of splintering at the muzzle? I don't think I'd want to stand too close to someone shooting these rounds.