Long Branch stamp on a Savage No4mk1*

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    Long Branch stamp on a Savage No4mk1*

    Post by LSR on Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:30 pm

    On my savage No4Mk1* is a stamp what looks like LB to me.
    Now I have read an article somwhere,that the production in Chicopee (USA) was transferred to Long Branch somewhere in 1944.So that there are rifles with both stamps(LB and S) on the reciever.
    If this is true,is here someone here who can tell a bit more about this?

    The rifle is deactivated according to the Dutch laws.

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    Re: Long Branch stamp on a Savage No4mk1*

    Post by LSR on Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:52 am

    Nobody????

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    Re: Long Branch stamp on a Savage No4mk1*

    Post by Infanteer on Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:43 am

    To me the stamp looks like a standard letter B because there are serifs on the B which wouldn't be there on a LB stamp. Regardless, there was indeed a connection between Savage and Long Branch during the war. Late in the war Long Branch obtained a large quantity of parts and tooling from Savage who had quit manufacturing No4 rifles. It is perfectly correct to find Canadian made No4's with both LB and Savage marked parts but from what I see in the photo provided this is not one of them.

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    Re: Long Branch stamp on a Savage No4mk1*

    Post by GCR817 on Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:50 pm

    I've seen LB rifles with SAVAGE marked small parts on them. I suppose it is possible to find a SAVAGE gun with LB marked parts?

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    Re: Long Branch stamp on a Savage No4mk1*

    Post by Infanteer on Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:05 pm

    Yes, I believe so. As I understand it, the parts sent to the LB factory from Savage included some receivers and barrels so any combination would be possible in theory. A rifle actually made by Savage and completed by them would be marked "US Property" on the left side of the receiver as all of that company's No4 production was intended to be shipped to England as part of the lend/lease agreement.

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    Re: Long Branch stamp on a Savage No4mk1*

    Post by LSR on Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:20 pm

    Thanks for the info,this one has indeed the US Property stamp.
    That raises the following question,what does the B then mean?Is it an inspectors stamp?
    I've seen it on more rifles,but it's not on every rifle.

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    Re: Long Branch stamp on a Savage No4mk1*

    Post by Infanteer on Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:51 pm

    A variety of different marks and/or letters can be found in the same position on No4 rifles. From what I've read nobody knows for certain what the marks mean but it "shouldn't" be an inspector's mark as those are well understood and documented. It's a mystery to me.

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