I actually find small things like rather funny. As I am sure parts got MM during legit service or immediately after the war. The problem is it is very had to prove when a part got MM.
Few examples that I would consider legit in my own collection are:
- Flat Sided C96 with a shoulder stock only 9x digits off (likely MM during service).
- 2x K98 grenade launching kits where parts had been swapped between each as parts were marked by the person who brought them back, but these marked parts were swapped between each set.
- BNZ K98 all matching except for the rear site. Obviously damaged and replaced and certainly hard to lose.
Matt is correct. It should have another handguard. Why it got changed and if this was done prior to end of WWII or post war cannot be told. It is possible, but impossible to proof. The cases where I'm without doubt to tell if something was replaced during WWII are very few. For the moment I can only think of my bolt mismatch (in same letter block, just a bit off) bnz45 that I had posted here -> https://www.k98kforum.com/threads/bnz-45-with-clothing-sling-from-a-farm.33514/
@Tiger 2 Tank it does look as if what you said should be there. Just tough to make out. Hadn't you mentioned, I would never had noticed this stamp there. Thanks!