No question as to legitimacy. It be very hard to remove an arsenal logo and it not go unnoticed. Nagoya logos are especially deep. Sellers' starting price is way too high IMO. It may fetch slightly more than a comparalble rifle with the arsenal logo, just as an oddity.
I would figure that with a growing number of noted rifles missing series marks and manufaturer logos wether these were ever in consideration during inspection or in light of lagging production. I agree, pure common examples are better and more reliable sellers. These require more specialized collectors, or the guy who already has damn near everything.
There was talk in the "olden days" of making T-100 b'nets from regurlar, re-shapen T-30s with the end of the fuller TIG welded, the weld smoothed to the blade contour/refinished, and reblued and the logo stamped on top of the metal "handle, behind the guard. It may be that he was cutting blades at the cross guard or just forward and shortening the rear of the fuller This was done by Denny G., the CA sniper faker. I was told that a TIG weld would blue just like the original blue?
One seller I've noted at shows with a "no arsenal" rifle also had a 99 short with a longer barrel. Roy (Riceone) noted the front sight had been removed and an insert added. "Are they "True or False?"
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