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Old February 21, 2013, 10:46 PM   #17
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
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As I suspected, most of the original marking has been eliminated due to rust and over cleaning. It doesn't look like deliberate removal of most of the markings, just the effect of time and hard use.

The "P" proof mark was heavily stamped at a later time than the other markings, and the "95" was, as I said, stamped over the original last two numbers of the date when the gun was refurbished, so that mark is newer and heavier.

I found this old picture, which I think will show you what the markings originally looked like, and you can see that they were not heavily stamped.

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