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April 4, 2024 - 6:26 pm
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I’m looking at a post war 94 carbine. Mfg. 1959.  From my resources, the pattern isn’t shown.  Both barrel bands are also engraved..  The rest of the gun finish matches… The price is very reasonable ($1,200) for a 95% gun.  The engraving is the conundrum for me… does it help or hinder?  I guess beauty is in the eye of the wallet holder.   Any input on the pattern would be appreciated… thanks.

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Ben:

Definitely not factory but pleasing to the eye and well executed and bargained priced as well!

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If you’re thinking of buying it for re-sale, I think it would impress the kind of buyer who’s not a collector but just likes “old guns” (not that this is one of them), has probably never looked closely at another engraved gun & thus has no basis for comparison, & doesn’t give a flip whether it’s original or not; that’s a group far larger than WACA.  This is apprentice-level engraving, but anything better on a late ’94 would be lipstick on a pig.

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I was finally able to pick up my rifle today, after the “waiting period”… looking it over saw a couple marks… wondering if the one in front of the trigger is a factory mark or maybe the engravers?….  the one on the inside of the action looks to be an assembly mark from the factory… what do you say Bert?

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I think you made a hell of a purchase there. Nice gun!

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Ben said
I was finally able to pick up my rifle today, after the “waiting period”…

Even in NYS, there’s no “waiting period” YET.   How can gun show sales be made where there is this requirement?  Of course, the gun-haters behind such laws would like nothing better than to put gun shows out of business.

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Ben said
looking it over saw a couple marks… wondering if the one in front of the trigger is a factory mark or maybe the engravers?….  the one on the inside of the action looks to be an assembly mark from the factory… what do you say Bert?

My understanding is that those are possibly both factory Inspectors Marks using an Alphabetical Letter(s). Assembly Marks are typically a number from 1 to 200 with a Dash Underneath. Some assembly numbers will be 1/8″ or 5/32″ in height. 

Also there is Inspector Marks using numbers but they will not have the Dash underneath them.

I have also read where such alphabetical letters may indicate the grade of steel used and that MB = Grade “B” Steel. 

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P.S. Jeffery Abendshien may know more on this specific topic than me.

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Ben said
I was finally able to pick up my rifle today, after the “waiting period”… looking it over saw a couple marks… wondering if the one in front of the trigger is a factory mark or maybe the engravers?….  the one on the inside of the action looks to be an assembly mark from the factory… what do you say Bert?

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Ben,

The marking just forward of the trigger a standard inspectors stamp.  I am not sure what the second set of markings is, but I suspect that it has to do with the fitting of the breech block.

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clarence said

Ben said

I was finally able to pick up my rifle today, after the “waiting period”…

Even in NYS, there’s no “waiting period” YET.   How can gun show sales be made where there is this requirement?  Of course, the gun-haters behind such laws would like nothing better than to put gun shows out of business.

  

Exactly…. here in Washington state, “death by 1000 cuts” is at 965…

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I don’t recognize this style engraving from any of our FEGA guild members that I know of.

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Ben-

I know little about engraving except that I like it and you didn’t pay much for the embellishment. Nice rifle. Best of luck with your politicos.

 

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