General Information & Facts Pertaining To The German Model 1888 Commission Rifle
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I have 2 Steyr 88S rifles made in 1890. They are pretty much all matching, with original contour .321 barrels and were not sent to Turkey. They seem to have all the Imperial unit marks on the bands and even on the stock and bolt. The question I have is that the proof marks on the right side of the receiver are a little different. One of them has one faint proof, and the second has two proofs. I have an 1891 Loewe from the same batch I purchased that has the 3 proofs. Is the reason why the 1890 Steyr's don't have the full set of proofs is the early production date, and standard proofing was not established? Any ideas guys?
Typical for different Mfg's to have somewhat different acceptance stamps.. these were were applied as the rifle was going thru inspection /testing procedures.& done by different individual inspectors.Some stamps were used for repairs /final tests...Pics would help clarify..