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Old 08-29-2012, 05:16 PM
BostonTerrier BostonTerrier is offline
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Default M1903A4 Stock Markings

My M1903A4 has an FJA marking on the left hand side of the stock.
To the left of it, there appears to be two separate markings. One appears to be "RA", or "BA". There is a marking below it that appears to be "PL".
Does anyone know what the "PL" stands for?


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Old 08-29-2012, 06:37 PM
Rick the Librarian Rick the Librarian is offline
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Probably BA-JL - Benecia Arsenal, the last two letters being the inspector's initials.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:08 PM
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Is there a large #5 in front of the front guard screw when the rifle is upside down?

I always wondered what that 5 meant...
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:10 PM
jgaynor jgaynor is offline
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i have data on several A4's marked [BA/JPL] as well as BA-11 and BA/HAB.

The small stamps on the stock in front of the magazine box assembly are sub-inspector's marks. They were applied at various stations when the rifle passed a particular test or inspection.

Typically an A3 will have four stamps in that location and an A4 will have five. Occasionally rifles are seen with more suggesting an inspection may have failed and the rifle was sent back through production and inspection. Also at the end of the war Remington received a contract to rebuild some A4's and I believe they applied a mark.

As far as i know the precise meaning of the individual sub-inspector marks remains a mystery at this time.


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Old 08-30-2012, 11:55 PM
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