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Anthony Vanderlinden's recent book on FN Mauser Rifles illustrates a proof marking applied to (originally) foreign produced military rifles once they passed a high pressure test and had been proven not to have suffered any damage to their components. The marking is an upper case 'L' in a circle, surmounted by a flaming ordnance marking.

Since the equally foreign made bolt would be used in the same rifle or type of rifle, was there an analogous marking applied to the bolt, too?

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Pat
 

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you're referring to the 'Flaming Bomb' proof mark ?
That proof mark is used in Belgium e.g. for mil-surplus imports. More exactly, for rifles not produced in Belgium, but proofed in Belgium post-WW2.
A typical example would be a Mauser Peru 1909, re-imported in the 1980's to Europe by German HEGE company. These rifles usually got that proof.
See http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?545113-Peruvian-Mauser-1909-Matching-(*almost) for a sample - the bolt knob also has the proof mark.

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Chris
 

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Hi Chris,
Thanks for your response.
Yes, that's the one. It is shown/discussed on page 163 in Mr. Vanderlinden's 'FN Mauser Rifles' book. As you noted, that marking appears on rifles not produced in Belgium, including foreign military arms but certainly NOT limited to post-WWII arms. Page 68 has examples of arms used or captured during WWI (US made Winchester rifles and German Lugers) that received this marking starting in 1924, at the time that Belgium was also receiving Turkish and German long arms.

Have you ever seen that marking on bolts of rifles used by European powers?

Thanks again,
Pat
 
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