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Old 02-28-2021, 04:20 PM
cdj7097 cdj7097 is offline
 
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Default 1903 Springfield MK1

I picked up a super nice Mk1 at the gun show. Serial number 11493xx with a punch mark and a barrel stamp of SA/1-20. The original owner was a former B-24 bombardier and POW. I have photos, war time ID including his POW ID and photo of his crew by name. He made an individual display box for the rifle complete with leather embossed tag identifying the rifle, a 100% condition 1906 bayonet with a R.I.A. 1907 scabbard and a correct oiler/cleaning kit. The finger groove stock only has two markings. The standard P proof mark and an inspector stamp/cartouche of FBA. Their are no rebuild marks unless the FBA is one. Does anyone know the FBA stamp and is it correct?
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:45 PM
John Beard John Beard is offline
 
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Does the receiver have a punch mark on the ledge below the serial number? And are the FBA initials enclosed in a rectangle? Please advise.

Thanks!

J.B.
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:06 PM
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Default Cartouche

Hi John,
Thanks for the reply. There is a punch mark to the left of the first numeral in the serial number and the FBA is in an enclosed rectangle! Any info will be appreciated.
Thanks again.
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Old 03-01-2021, 01:50 PM
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Default Mark I

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Hi John,
Thanks for the reply. There is a punch mark to the left of the first numeral in the serial number and the FBA is in an enclosed rectangle! Any info will be appreciated.
Thanks again.
The one I'm currently selling on GB has the same punch mark. Also, have wondered about it.
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:51 PM
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I recall reading somewhere that F.B.A. is Francis B. Austin, but am unable to confirm that. The punch mark to the left of the serial number generally indicates USMC issuance, but that is controversial.


J.B.
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Old 03-01-2021, 05:37 PM
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Default Fba

I found FBA listed in Campbells book on page 329, there is a chart of inspectors. I will skip the controversy and accept that its USMC until proven otherwise.
Thank you.
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Old 03-01-2021, 05:54 PM
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Is the serial number inscribed on the bolt? And is the buttplate stippled? Those are also indications of a marine rifle
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Old 03-01-2021, 11:27 PM
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If by stippled you mean a bunch of punch marks on the butt plate, then yes. But no numbers on the bolt.
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Old 03-01-2021, 11:48 PM
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I just looked at photos of stippled butt plates. The butt plate is stippled.
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