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McNally M.
02-25-2013, 9:43 PM
I was curious about the import marks that predate the modern dot matrix that we see on most all the Mosins that we have bought in the last decade or two. During what years were import marks stamped into the side of the receiver? I ask because I have a CAI barrel and receiver that fits this bill. When did the dot matrix start making an appearance?

Vlad 11
02-25-2013, 11:01 PM
For firearms imported after January 30, 2002, the engraving, casting or stamping (impressing) of the serial number must be to a minimum depth of .003 inch and in a print size no smaller than 1/16 inch

http://www.atf.gov/firearms/guides/importation-verification/firearms-verification-overview.html

That's when the hideous billboards started

McNally M.
02-25-2013, 11:46 PM
http://www.atf.gov/firearms/guides/importation-verification/firearms-verification-overview.html

That's when the hideous billboards started

Thanks Vlad. Oh its such a shame that this atrocity was mandated. The early import marks are so insignificant and still retained the bluing where they were stamped. The dot matrix not only sprawls across the entire receiver but exposes the steel beneath. So then every rifle that was imported prior to 2002 had stamped import marks? Guess I was too young to notice them much C&R guns themselves as I was only 8 at the time.

mosinnagantm9130
02-26-2013, 1:42 AM
Before 1968 rifles didn't need import marks at all. SCW rifles and some Finns can be found without import marks.