Of course, unless the example under review was acquired immediately after manufacture at the arsenal, essentially "taken right off the assembly line". Otherwise, there is no way of taking into consideration how the example may have been altered between the time of manufacture and present day. This is precisely the conundrum we face with the remarkable variations in Mosin Nagant rifles we currently observe.So documentation trumps actual examples?
Ted,I certainly understand that examples can be altered, but when you have a large enough sample and are reasonably certain that enough of them are unaltered, then that should be acceptable. By your reasoning I should call Toyota to confirm that the '97 Camry in my driveway is an original dark green color because someone might have repainted it last night.
i remember in such a discussion on stock finishes someone claimed they had such a rifle (not some new guy either but one of the more respected members i just can't remember which) and stated the finish is shellacOf course, unless the example under review was acquired immediately after manufacture at the arsenal, essentially "taken right off the assembly line".
that rifle looks dangerous... you should let me dispose of it properlyA while back there was a thread on original finishes and people were asked to post pictures of rifles that had not been refinished. Those rifles had shellac finishes. My contribution was this 1939 dated M38 that was a Finn capture: