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April 7, 2024 - 6:34 pm
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hi. can anyone tell me the date of manufacture for a model 1897 trench gun, serial E934490? thanks in advance. also, is it common for some to still have the 6 row/29 hole heat shields? how does one tell if it’s an original heat shield?

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March 1942, and the vast majority of the Trench Guns manufactured prior to May 1942 had the 6-row style heat shields.  Can you post some pictures of the gun?

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What are your thoughts bert? authentic? value?

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Can you verify the barrel date?

Is there a “W.B'” in a box stamped above the crossed cannons cartouche?

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Bert H. said
Can you verify the barrel date?

Is there a “W.B'” in a box stamped above the crossed cannons cartouche?

  

no, not that i can see.

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Michael Baca said

Bert H. said

Can you verify the barrel date?

Is there a “W.B'” in a box stamped above the crossed cannons cartouche?

  

no, not that i can see.

  

Hmmm… there should be.  While the gun appears to be a WW II production Trench Gun, it is not possible to be 100% certain that it is.

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Bert H. said

Michael Baca said

Bert H. said

Can you verify the barrel date?

Is there a “W.B'” in a box stamped above the crossed cannons cartouche?

  

no, not that i can see.

  

Hmmm… there should be.  While the gun appears to be a WW II production Trench Gun, it is not possible to be 100% certain that it is.

  

could it have been refinished and sanded off? hard to say, i guess.

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i’ll try to verify the barrel date. 

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Michael Baca said

Bert H. said

Michael Baca said

Bert H. said

Can you verify the barrel date?

Is there a “W.B'” in a box stamped above the crossed cannons cartouche?

  

no, not that i can see.

  

Hmmm… there should be.  While the gun appears to be a WW II production Trench Gun, it is not possible to be 100% certain that it is.

  

could it have been refinished and sanded off? hard to say, i guess.

  

Maybe, but based on the condition (visibility) of the crossed cannons, I would expect to see at least some traces of the boxed “W.B.”

The attached picture is Trench Gun s/n 935011

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