Information About Inspectors Stamps
The inspector's stamp is usually found on the left side of the stock, just to the rear of the cut-off recess, it was placed on the stock upon final inspection of the assembled arm after manufacture or rebuild and overhaul.
Variations in inspectors stamps -
- Inspector's initials in script
- Inspector's initials in script with year
- Inspector's initials in block letters
- Inspector's initials in block letters with year
- Inspector's initials in block letters with initials of place of manufacture (1927 and after).
Note: All new manufacture rifles had inspector's stamps which were enclosed in a square or rectangle having beveled or rounded corners.
Rebuilt or overhauled rifles.
- Second stamp placed near original stamp enclosed in a rectangle. (Directives indicated the second stamp was to be placed on the butt side of the original. However, that practice was not always followed.)
- Initials of place of overhaul or rebuild and inspector's initials enclosed in a rectangle.
- Same as (2), except having an open bottom to enclosure.
- Initials without enclosure, and in some cases without initials of the place the work was done.
Remington and Smith-Corona manufactured rifles.
- Remington Model 1903 rifles stamped RLB or END enclosed in a rectangle.
- Remington M1903A3 and Remington M1903A4 rifles stamped RA (Ord. escutcheon) FJA in a box.
- Smith-Corona M1903A3 rifles stamped with the Ordnance escutcheon and FJA in a box.