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    SRS check on my early RIA.....

    Serial number RIA 218855. Also, RIA 9-12 date on top of barrel. Also, can anyone tell me what the K 5 over P means on the bottom of the barrel? Any help/information will be greatly appreciated. The rifle metal is in very good condition. The bore appears a little cloudy with fairly good rifling. The stock is an S type, and might be a replacement. No cartouches are evident, and the stock is in great condition. Thanks again.

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    The letter and number under the P is the steel lot number for the barrel

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    Thanks for the info RCS.

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    C.S. Ferris' book on the Rock Island M1903 is a "must" if you want information on these rifles. Sounds like a correct barrel.
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    Thanks Rick.

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    Sorry no SRS for your RI rifle but RI 218851 was listed at Cornell University in 1936. ROTC program would be a guess.

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    Thanks Tom. Do you think those Cornell rifles would have been randomly numbered? Probably so, I would think. Also, would they have left the ROTC rifles functional? I know my rifle probably wouldn't have been one of them, but just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayhunter View Post
    Serial number RIA 218855. Also, RIA 9-12 date on top of barrel. Also, can anyone tell me what the K 5 over P means on the bottom of the barrel? Any help/information will be greatly appreciated. The rifle metal is in very good condition. The bore appears a little cloudy with fairly good rifling. The stock is an S type, and might be a replacement. No cartouches are evident, and the stock is in great condition. Thanks again.
    Depending on where on the barrel, P could mean "proof fired" depending on where on the barrel it's stamped.

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    The "P" is located on the underside of the barrel just below "K 5".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayhunter View Post
    The "P" is located on the underside of the barrel just below "K 5".
    Do you have a picture? Probably best. I can explain better with relation to a document I'm referencing.

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