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Old 08-02-2021, 06:06 PM
Joe Occhiuto Joe Occhiuto is offline
 
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Default Question re Markings on 1917 Eddystone

I am new to the forum and recently purchased a 1917 Eddystone. The receiver has the usual markings , but under the serial number there are three punch marks arranged in line, front to back. I have come across some discussion of similar punch marks appearing on 1903's, but can't find anything as the existence of these punch marks on 1917's. The serial number indicates production in February/March of 1917 and it has a Remington barrel dated January 1917. There are no discernable rebuild marks. Any insights as to the significance of the punch marks would be appreciated.
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Old 08-02-2021, 07:18 PM
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Can you post pictures? With those dates I think you have a P14 not a Model 1917.
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Old 08-02-2021, 10:15 PM
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Not quite sure how to post a photo. If I understand correctly the photo has be provided by way of an internet link. At risk of demonstrating my lack of tech ability I don't know how to do that. In any case the rifle is definitely a 1917. I was wrong about the dates. The receiver manufacture date is Feb./Mar. 1918 and the barrel date is January 1918. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks for calling the error to my attention.
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Old 08-03-2021, 07:00 AM
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Those dates make more sense - 1917 production didn't begin until August 1917.

Check out imgur for hosting photos. It's free and not too difficult to use.
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Old 08-03-2021, 09:12 AM
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Wondering if maybe at some point in time someone did hardness testing of the receiver and those are test points across the length of the receiver area?
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Old 08-03-2021, 09:20 AM
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Wondering if maybe at some point in time someone did hardness testing of the receiver and those are test points across the length of the receiver area?
Yeah, but 3 times?

If you are selling, the old guy wanting to buy it will make up a story about how the marks are bad (each means a repair or rebuild, detracting from the price). If you are buying that same gut will tell you how they are better, adding to the price, like each one means a standard of quality higher.

Come on; we've all met those guys!
(That was sarcasm for the 3 who don't get it)

Looking forward to someone with the real answer
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Old 08-03-2021, 09:31 AM
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Looking forward to someone with the real answer
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So basically what you are saying is your response / contribution to this is pointless / of no real value?
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Old 08-03-2021, 09:42 AM
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So basically what you are saying is your response / contribution to this is pointless / of no real value?
Pretty much!
Unless you are one of the few that has not been victim of an attempted scam by a Milsurp dealer, in which case you learned something new.

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Old 08-03-2021, 10:38 AM
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The indents do look like hardness testing marks, but It also does not make sense to me that there would be three of them in a line under the serial number. I suppose it is possible, but does not seem too likely to me. I will check out the reference re posting a photo and try to do that. Thanks.
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Old 08-03-2021, 10:43 AM
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here's the photo's from another forum:

https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/for...enfield-rifle/
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