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    Lets step back and look at this in a different light.
    The US Government contracted to have firearms manufactured from different manufactures. Regardless of the type of firearm each manufacturer was assigned a serial number block for that model. There were several manufactures for Garands, M1903's, M1903A3's, etc. Now in the 1940's things were a little different then now. So the manufactures over ran their assigned lot of s/n. Not a problem. The Government had that manufacture add an alpha character to the serial number so it could be tracked and not confused with anothe4r. M1icon Garands used an A I believe. Remington used a Z and Smith Corona used a C. I forget the other alpha characters that were used.

    So, the alpha character does not denote the model of the firearm. It simply segregates the serial numbers so they are not confused with another s/n in the system.
    Stop over thinking this.

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    Smith Corona overran their first block (3608000 - 3707999), into Remington's, creating duplicates - the C was added to the SC rifles

    Rem A3's overran their production into a block assigned to A4's (4000001-4015000, creating duplicates - the Z was added to the A4's

    What are the Z prefix A3's a duplicate of? Another Rem A3?

    Vishooter lists a Z prefix A3 as early as Z3875151 and as late as Z3988888, not close to any A4 or SC block.

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    Mike, the s/n is a duplication in the Government system, somewhere. The first A3 (Z3899008) I purchased around 1989 from a private party. The second came from the CMPicon. I do not know which manufacture Remington eithere overran the s/n assignment or if another manufacture overran Remington. Maybe I need to get in touch with JB.

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