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Serial number is stamped, highlighted in white on the butt of the gun in 3 digit numbers, two rows. This is integral to the frame. I don't see the problem.
The problem is, the number on the butt is not the Army Service number. Ignoring the fact that the "ARMY" and "MODEL" on the butt are not correct, the service number is too high to belong on a M1917, and much higher than would be correct on a "JMG" frame (maximum about 70,000) even if such a number were possible (155,000 maximum). This is a gun, perhaps stolen, that was purposely altered in an attempt to disguise its origins by a rather stupid forger. The ATF will confiscate this gun if they find out about it - no way will they re-serial a gun so obviously marked in a nefarious fashion. Stay away from this one.Serial number is stamped, highlighted in white on the butt of the gun in 3 digit numbers, two rows. This is integral to the frame. I don't see the problem.
You know, I get that, I really do. I've been a C&R FFL holder for almost 20 years and have owned several 1917s (Colt AND S&W) and have always understood the SN to be in BOTH places. At least they have been on the military models I've owned.§ 478.34
Removed, obliterated, or altered serial number.
No person shall knowingly transport, ship, or receive in interstate or foreign commerce any firearm which has had the importer's or manufacturer's serial number removed, obliterated, or altered, or possess or receive any firearm which has had the importer's or manufacturer's serial number removed, obliterated, or altered and has, at any time, been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
[T.D. ATF-313, 56 FR 32508, July 17, 1991]
The revolver shown has had the serial number removed from the crane where it was originally, and a number has been applied to the butt which does not correspond to the service number found there on the Model 1917 Colt revolvers. The fake markings on the butt of the revolver show intent to cover up the fact that they have been removed/obliterated.
How do you explain to the BATF why the serial number is missing? Unless stolen, why would the serial number be removed?
Just not worth the possibility of losing your right to own a legitimate firearm.