March 2, 2023
Hoping the smart people on here can shed some light on a situation. I have the opportunity to buy a beautiful custom pre-64 Model 70, serial number 44xxx). That would put it’s date at 1942. However, on the receiver is what was a former marking that says “PROPERTY”. It seems blasphemous someone would do that to the gun. During the customization, it looks like someone cerakoted over the marking.
But I’m wondering if “PROPERTY” used to say “US PROPERTY” and this was possibly a WWII gun? And if so, maybe the marking isn’t such a detriment that I thought it to be? Curious if you feel this is a ding on value, no effect on value, or maybe I’m completely off and it’s a positive for value? Link to picture here:
August 27, 2014
Have seen configured as U.S.
Property, that was electro-penciled at that same location on M70 receiver rings. Not sure about that s/n range, but more knowledgeable members should be around shortly. Any evidence of the U.S. (would have been on top of Property) being buffed off? Do you have pics of the whole gun? Is that the original barrel and stock? What is that lettering on the barrel?
IMHO the refinish is more of a detriment to value than the electro-pencil.
November 7, 2015
Reckon the “U.S.” is under the scope mount base?