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    The stock on a bnz 43 that I bought recently has what looks like a date stamped into the barrel channel. There is also a faint EB or EH stamped next to it. What does this mean? Any information on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Scott.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69DartGT View Post
    The stock on a bnz 43 that I bought recently has what looks like a date stamped into the barrel channel. There is also a faint EB or EH stamped next to it. What does this mean? Any information on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Scott.

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    BH is the laminate supplier. The numbers mean the stock was produced on the 4th day of the 16th week of 1944.

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    Thanks for your reply. Why no serial # only a date? Is that something they did later in the war?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69DartGT View Post
    Thanks for your reply. Why no serial # only a date? Is that something they did later in the war?
    Stocks didnt always have a serial number.

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    Ok, Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69DartGT View Post
    Ok, Thanks.

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    Scott, like already mentioned, it's the stock completion date code (April 20, 1944) and "BH" is the laminate supplier. I think originally the stock belonged to a bcd4 coded Sauer & Sohn rifle, around the "w" or "x" block.

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    Thanks for your reply. Could you also educate me on what the blocks are. I always see them being referenced, but can't find any info on them.
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    Scott
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    You are very welcome!

    I will explain it in simplified form. They start making a new rifle in 1940 and start with serial number 1 (no suffix letter). When they reach serial number 9999 they start over with serial number 1a (with the letter "a" after the serial). This way they continue like here:

    1-9999
    1a-9999a
    1b-9999b
    1c-9999c
    etc.

    Here is a Sauer & Sohn "147 1940" serial number 9046h: Link
    Because of the suffix letter "h" we call it "h" block.

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    Thanks for the info, I thought that's what it was, but wasn't sure. I sure wish I would have started collecting these rifles 20 years ago.

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