Looking at a Model 81, number hand etched on top?

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MagFednRaised
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Looking at a Model 81, number hand etched on top?

Post by MagFednRaised » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:36 am

Hi all!

The rifle is in great shape, is the base model 81 in .35.

On top of the receiver, there is a number scratched in, which is "#28" (written with the number symbol before the 28).

Any ideas? Was this possibly a police used rifle with a catalog number?

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Re: Looking at a Model 81, number hand etched on top?

Post by Phyrbird » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:41 pm

Pics would help. Typically not but perhaps.
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Re: Looking at a Model 81, number hand etched on top?

Post by MagFednRaised » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:44 am

Sure, here it is! And also, I can quite make out the marks to figure out mfr date...

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Re: Looking at a Model 81, number hand etched on top?

Post by 81police » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:17 am

It is possible the rifle was a LE department issue of some sort. Without documentation, however, not verifiable.
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Re: Looking at a Model 81, number hand etched on top?

Post by MagFednRaised » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:07 pm

I figured as much :D

Not that the base level is a super rare bird, but does the etching hurt the value much?

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Re: Looking at a Model 81, number hand etched on top?

Post by 81police » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:04 pm

Without documentation on provenance, the etching (in my opinion) hurts the value to the purest collector. To the person looking to purchase a shooter, probably a non issue. You never know though, sometimes a person's curiosity alone to the rifle's history can bolster value.
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