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Old 06-06-2007, 04:52 PM   #1
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Mystery Marking???

Can anyone identify this mark?

[img]http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g101/DrillSergeant/P5270126_500.jpg[/img]

It located on a Standard Products Carbine. The marking is also on the bottom of the stock behind the barrel band and on the bottom of the pistol grip, along with the capital letter G. It appears to be professionally impressed (arsenal?).

Note that part of the serial number has been altered (not every number, however). According to Ruth, the Koreans altered serial numbers, however his book does not reference this particular mark. The rifle is not a recent import and has no import mark.

What do you think?
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:15 PM   #2
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DS,
Looks tribal. Is the carbine receiver nickeled/chromed??
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:18 AM   #3
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Don't understand the reference to tribal. No chrome or nickel. Finish is as original and in very good condition.

It has been through an update, however, as the rear sight and barrel band are late.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:04 AM   #4
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I've seen a few Bavarian returns with similar markings. There is a site dedicated to Bavarians. If someone can give you the URL, you might find something there.
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Jim,
Could be but I have not seen a Bavarian with those strange serial numbers either.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:26 AM   #6
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Well it is a place to start. Carbines have been passed around from country to country for years and it is impossible to track them anymore. But here is the Bavarian site URL anyway. Its still worth a shot. http://www.bavarianm1carbines.com
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:35 AM   #7
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Also, none of the other characteristics of the Bavarians are present. No serial numbers on the stock, bolt, operating slide and no markings on the bottom of the trigger housing.
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Thanks for the site, Jim. I'll check it out.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:44 AM   #9
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Jim,

Good information. I just identified my two "Bavarians". Both are high wood and great shooters, as well.

Still believe that the markings on the original post are not Bavarian.
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