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shoerat
12-07-2014, 08:07 PM
Hi,

Can you help me identify how this rifle started out life? It has very few markings, just the ones shown in the pictures. On the receiver it is marked 577 N with a large "N", and an icon that I can't figure out what it is. On the barrel there is another "N" and another icon, even more difficult to make out. On the ball of the bolt handle there are some hash marks. Not shown are a few numbers on the bolt itself. There are no other markings - none. The bolt handle is unusual, the bolt is right handed but the bolt handle was forged to wrap around the top of the rifle and be operated left handed. And the rifle is chambered in 30-06.

Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures, but I'm trying to fit under the advertised file size limitations. Added one higher resolution photo of the markings.

mrfarb
12-07-2014, 09:10 PM
I'm not well versed in postwar guns but I think that your base rifle might be a Spanish
Model 43.

Kammerjaeger
12-07-2014, 09:20 PM
Bubba been workin' OT. Well, it was right handed, at one time, before it was butchered.

KJ

shoerat
12-08-2014, 09:00 PM
I'm not well versed in postwar guns but I think that your base rifle might be a Spanish
Model 43.

Thank you, I think you are correct. I found M43 pictures with clear icons stamped that my worn icon seems to be.

shoerat
12-08-2014, 09:01 PM
Bubba been workin' OT. Well, it was right handed, at one time, before it was butchered.

KJ

I'm left-handed, though, which is why I wound up with it!