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    Default ce 42 b factory repaired receiver

    ce 42 showing factory correction of receiver machining flaws, with additional e/280 at points of correction.
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    more pics.....
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    pics of repair / correction area
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    Nice rifle.....and interesting example of repaired defects.

    I would guess earlier in the war, or pre-war, they would have just scrapped it....

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    Default good job with the pictures

    Very nice rifle
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    Before 1942 they would have probably scrapped such a receiver, the ordnance inspectors were incredibly critical of any defect, as August Weiss (and Jon Speed confirmed) stated in German Small Arms Markings, by Görtz & Bryan; this changed in late 1941, when they were incrementally removed from much of their authority over such matters.

    Regarding this rifle, it is interesting for a number of reasons, not the least because it was not finished until much later, all b-blocks should have serialed barrels, this feature did not drop until the e-block, though some "no-suffix" first blocks are like this rifle too. Apparently, this rifle, and a few first blocks, were held back for some reason, and eventually passed inspection, but it has several features that are "slightly" less common on a b-block, but more common on e-blocks and beyond.

    A nice rifle and early ce/42 are not as common as you might think, - only handfuls of early ce/42 (matching & original) are thoroughly documented.

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    Thanks Loewe. The oddball nature of it is what appealed to me. The immediate unusual aspect of it was b block, but vertical script, which is normally associated with later ce 42 and earlier ce 43 production, prior to the larger block ce script, which I think was about mid 1943, the h block or shortly after IIRC.

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    I think it is super neat too, this type of flaw is seen on ce/43's, several of them spread out over several blocks. All on the bridge, though I am not sure if they all are ERMA made receivers, on a couple the pictures do not show the receivers maker.

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    The ce 43s I've seen with rear receiver bridge flaws, two of them, had the e/280 reinspections stamped on top of the rear receiver bridge. I think one of them had an occlusion / flaw in the steel that was revealed in the milling process which was obviously rejected, but then reinspected and placed back into production with the flaw.

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    Real cool example. Must have been the new guy running the machine that day.
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