I believe my parents went this route with Colt and due to a loss of records they couldn't provide an Archive Letter as they didn't have records anymore from that time period. Or I may not have heard that correctly. 20 years ago it didn't mean as much. Funny as we get older we recognize intrinsic value more. Both my grandfather and his cousin have long since passed away, so now it's a family item (and will stay that way). No intention of firing it, but I did clean up the WWII T99 Arisaka and fire it. That was fun
Thanks to all, and especially for the link to Colt. I'm still going to try it.