not necessarily true. importers marks are required by law and there's just no getting around them but the fact that this rifle is an american rifle on american soil suggests that if there is an importers mark that the history of this rifle extends beyond other 1917s as the US stopped using them after WWI for the most part however England's home front security and several other European resistance groups used them during WWII and these are more valuable to collectors than a gun that's been sitting in storage collecting rust for 80 years.
all guns lost in a tragic smelting accident.
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