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    I recently purchased a number 4 Mk2 7.62 rifle. It is in the same style as the L39 rifles but has an unusual serial number on the body and bolt RA/007.M
    It still has its original number as well.
    Does the number mean anything to anybody?

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    That's not a factory S/N. Might be a unit level inventory number. Military's do all kinds of really daft stuff. May not be military at all though.
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    It's certainly been neatly done. The font looks rather Germanic to me.

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    And definitely not military - or certainly not UKicon military. I agree with DRP that it's a Germanic font

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    The font appears to be the typical ISO font used for engineering drawings. It could have been applied to metal with a data plate engraving machine, but that is speculation.

    Who applied it, and why is anyone's guess.

    I wonder if it may have been a school or university cadet, or club rifle.
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    Could it be something to do with the Rhodesia? Didn't they mark some of their rifles with a Z letter- number number type serial?

    Any Johnny foreigner proof marks on it?
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    Not by chance a Remington Arms bought in rifle to trial, as RA is always there leader?
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    ......or Raufoss Ammunition factory of Norwayicon.......??

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    We're coming round in a complete circle............. Rhodesia Army....... almost back to the dreaded ZF, or Zimbabwe Forces as the dealers like to tell us!

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