Thanks gwur. Interesting 4 marks on the PTG. All are SCW vets.
Interesting question nwellons poses also about the Tsar and communists and why they didn't take the Imperial crest off. Many were sent as aid to other countries, but not all countries removed the Imperial, or otherwise Soviet marks either. As we know, the SCW spanned in to the Soviet era, and there was a plethora of rifles that were sent as aid. Not just Mosins. Mausers too. Mosins vs Mausers it would appear.
And while nwellons poses this questions, I'd like to pose another. How about hearing from SCW Mauser or other rifle owners. Any scrubbed or removed marks on them that are known to have been done during or for the SCW?
But there are some strange Finn/Finn cap rifles that have an element of scrubbing to them too. Sometimes we have seen a dished out area where an Imperial proof would have once been too. I'd guess that was done during non war/battle times for assembly or rearsenal, whatever they did. But far more Finn influenced rifles are seen without scrubbed Imperial or Soviet marks.
Perhaps I should have been more specific with the term "dished out" area. I am not referring to the area ground off at the front edge of the barrel shank. There was another Balkan related thread where this was also discussed, and I agree, it must have been ground off to allow the rear sight to sit lower. Which is why I believe the Balkan countries peened in to place the "Balkan wedge" in the rear sight. Allow me to show an example to illustrate this.
With the Balkan wedge:
Without the Balkan wedge that was removed or fell out somehow and also has the front edge of the barrel shank ground:
By the dished out area I was referring to was a sometimes seen machined out "dimpled" area on a top receiver flat of recycled receivers the Finns used when they made their own models.
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