Given the overall quite nice condition of the gun in terms of very little finish and wood wear, I think it highly unlikely this gun spent four years at war. If the marking should indeed be service-related, it was more likely associated with an Air Force or mixed-use military-industrial facility stateside, which would also fit better with a DSC procurement along the lines of Kevin's post.
Last edited by Absalom; 04-15-2019 at 12:45 AM.
OK, I'll weigh in. Yes, the US military marked items that were made, on contract for them. A US and flaming bomb usually. Several other acceptance stamps in other places on wood and metal. But items pulled from civilian production, sometimes all-ready at their retail stores, were not always marked with US acceptance stamps.
There is precedence in electric pencil use by the military. When the US entered the war, we did not have enough sniper rifles. Before the first battles at Guadalcanal the military started demanding sniper rifles be sent, quickly. We didn't have any scopes to put on them, the military had forgotten about scopes after the first world war. So the military decided to re-purpose a civilian scope, the Weaver 330. Many were retrieved from hardware and gun stores and sent to Remington where the old 03A3 was being converted to a sniper rifle. They were marked with an electro-pencil with the serial number of the rifle they were put on.
Last edited by azshot; 04-15-2019 at 10:24 AM.
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I don’t agree. Electro-pencilling looks quite different. In your photo, one can actually see the hardened bubbles.I think it was an electric engraver... usually used when marking tools.
Last edited by Absalom; 04-15-2019 at 12:21 PM.
The M73B1 scope and mount installed on the 03A4 rifles were not serial numbered to the rifle. The scope did have it's own serial number.
I vote for electro-pencil markings on the revolver, done by a very unskilled operator. The electro pencil was not easy to use as you had to start moving it the moment it drew an arc, and keep moving it with it trying to skate around. The revolver marking shows the typical arc marking as well as the spot where the arc was broken.
Shown below is a 1903 Springfield Armory National Match rifle, which had the bolt serial numbered to the rifle with an electro-pencil. While the operator that applied the serial number was skilled at using the electro-pencil, he still had problems. On each number you can see where he broke the arc by one or several marks left where the arc blew a tiny crater when broken.