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Re: Rack Number vs Breech Screw
Posted by John on Tuesday, 14 April 2015, at 11:37 a.m., in response to Re: Rack Number vs Breech Screw, posted by Fred on Tuesday, 14 April 2015, at 9:42 a.m.
Army regulations, which were pretty much obeyed, but not always, forbid any "unit markings" on arms, although they were often required on quartermaster type gear.
However, a few active Army units did mark some weapons, and many National Guard/militia units applied markings, but not always in the same format.
Later owners of arms, such as the local GAR or VFW post, high school color guard, ROTC unit, theatrical costume rental agency, or Bubba's hunting lodge could apply marks to identify their items in formats which only made sense to them.
In general, active Army marks seem to be considered a nice additional feature. National Guard/militia markings mildly beneficial if identification is known, but a bit negative if unclear. Post-military markings are universally considered to be detrimental to value and desirability.
In my opinion, a number on the breechplug tang and or at the butt would be post-military and undesirable defacement of an otherwise collectible item.
Your mileage may vary.
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