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Old January 20, 2009, 09:29 PM   #1
GregM
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Help with a marking on Remington 03-A3

I bought an pitiful looking sporterized Remington 03-A3 a couple days ago with plans to restore it to its former glory and found a very interesting marking on the barrel. Rifle receiver was made in January '44 and barrel is a 7-44 remington barrel. on the right side of the barrel just off the receiver is the letter "B" with a heart stamped into the metal. Anyone know what this might mean. I've posted about it on several other boards and gotten comments of a private gunsmith's personal marking to 101st airborne 502 PIR Bravo company's armorer mark. Anyone know anything or want to throw out a theory?

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Old January 21, 2009, 12:07 AM   #2
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I doubt it was applied by any GI or unit armorer, as U.S. troops and armorers were specifically forbidden to put any permanent marking on U.S. weapons. Paint was OK, but no stampings in the metal or wood except by authorized rebuild/inspection facilities to identify the facility.

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Old January 21, 2009, 08:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I ran across another army vet that told me when he was in during the early 80's the armorer would not change a barrel much less stamp the metal. I think my next stop is an email to Remington.

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