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Old September 1, 2012, 10:06 PM   #5
James K
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Many of those '03A3's were never issued; they went from factory right to depot storage because there were enough M1 rifles to go around. Many were later sold through DCM or given to allied nations under the military assistance program (MAP). But Army regulations required that rifles being sold had to be proved and inspected, so most have a second inspection cartouche and usually (not always) a second proof mark.

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