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Re: trial rifles
Posted by Terry Walsh on Tuesday, 2 November 2010, at 1:42 p.m., in response to Re: trial rifles, posted by Pete Nelson on Tuesday, 2 November 2010, at 12:43 p.m.
Thanks for your informative postings. You mentioned in an earlier posting that you purchased your M70 rifle from Al in the spring of 2005. Because of my interest in learning more about the M70s, I happened to save copies of the photos Al put on his website of what I think is your gun. (Al's ad mentioned "lot or inventory numbers" on the barrel which I believe are the "656" you referred to in the description of your rifle.) Despite being copied onto ordinary paper, the photos have quite good resolution thanks to Al's superlative photography and the laser printer I used at that time. I dug out the photos and looked at the top of the breech block and saw no distinct periods after the U and S, but did see a spot that looked like a period after the S.
All three of my M70s (rifle without MODEL, rifle with MODEL, and carbine) have thinned breech blocks and all have periods after the U and S. In all three cases, the period after the U is lightly stamped, whereas the period after the S is more pronounced.
It appears from the aforementioned photocopies that the blackened finish was either worn off or cleaned off the block on your rifle. Do you think that the periods were thereby removed? I don't recall reading about the intentional absence of stamping periods on M70 production breech blocks, but then I recall much less than I used to.
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