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Old 12-20-2011, 02:42 AM
dicel87 dicel87 is offline
 
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Default M1917 serial number

Ever seen something like this? Does it look altered to anyone else and if so is that a cause for concern - obviously collector value takes a hit I would assume.

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Old 12-20-2011, 09:50 AM
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It does look like someone was busy with a grinding wheel, as for the serial number it all depends on who stamped it as to hoe legit it is. The Army does restamp serial numbers when they have been defaced or removed, and there should be a record of the new number that was applied. I have seen it with a M1 that was probably stolen and recovered, by gov't. In fact it was one that was sold on the CMP aution site some years ago, and the new number was on the transfer papers from the Army.
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:57 PM
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This is the rifle that had all markings removed, and when recovered had a new serial number applied by the Army.

The serial number in this case was electro-penciled in.


As mentioned it was An auction rfle and came withpaper work to back up that the number applied is the legitimate serial number as applied by the Army. Unless the above M1917 has documentation that the number someone stamped in it was legit, I would stay away from it.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:09 PM
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All good points Frank, thanks for the advice. I was really wanting this rifle for a shooter but once I noticed the SN issue I don't think I want to deal with the headache of explaining it whenever I sell/trade it.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:40 PM
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It will always send up red flags to potential buyers.
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