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andy38340
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Posted - 01/10/2018 :  08:34:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can anyone ID this for me?

Thanks.


fordsix
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Posted - 01/10/2018 :  11:19:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
belgium flaming bomb
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andy38340
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Posted - 01/10/2018 :  11:24:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not sure.

He's a little bigger picture.


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rufe-snow
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Posted - 01/10/2018 :  12:17:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with Fordsix. It's a recent Belgian proof mark, for a pistol not actually made in Belgium, (Flaming L, bottom proof).


The "Star over D", is the actual inspector who proofed the pistol.

My guess, is that "Underlined J", is probably the coded date of proof?

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Hawk Carse
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Posted - 01/10/2018 :  1:36:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is the make and model of gun a secret?

Interesting, a "re-import." I have seen German sales S&Ws but not Belgian.

Edited by - Hawk Carse on 01/10/2018 1:51:40 PM
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andy38340
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Posted - 01/10/2018 :  1:38:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's a S&W 6904 imported by Century.
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rufe-snow
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Posted - 01/10/2018 :  2:26:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by andy38340

It's a S&W 6904 imported by Century.




I owned for a while, it's 469 predecessor. When they first came out, in the 80's. They were to my knowledge, the first double stack. Small 9 mm , high capacity pistols. On the commercial market. And were quite popular, because of this. Nowadays everybody and their BIL, are selling small 9's. Back then though. Smith was the only game in town.

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Hangfire
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Posted - 01/10/2018 :  2:51:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree the script L is a late Belgian proof.. It would have been sold overseas in a country that required proof-testing in an accredited proof house.. Many adhere to these standards..

http://tinyurl.com/y7lk9crf

Maybe sold in Belgium, maybe not.. Belgium can, and does, do proof-testing for importers, and their proof-test is accepted by all members..

"Firearms proofing-
Small arms manufacturers and importers within the C.I.P. member countries are obliged to request one of the accredited Proof Houses to perform the proofing of all arms they manufacture or import. No small arm can be put on the market in any of the C.I.P. member states without prior successful proofing in an accredited proof house, as regulated by the C.I.P. decisions.

After the proof test and if successful, two or three proof marks are always applied to the main (highly stressed) parts of the arm, namely the barrel, the chamber (when not part of the barrel) and the locking mechanism."

EDIT-
I see I missed adding this..

http://www.hunting.be/wp-content/uploads/Belgian-Proof-Marks.pdf

I don't see the exact Crowned L, but #35 is similar, and is the proof for foreign arms..

Looks like the J is the date code for 1991..

And the D with the star over it is the inspector..

Love them Pre-64's!!!!-Bob

https://membership.nrahq.org/

Edited by - Hangfire on 01/12/2018 03:28:50 AM
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andy38340
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Posted - 01/10/2018 :  3:09:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Awesome info.
Thanks everybody.
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mrmike08075
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USA
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Posted - 01/10/2018 :  3:42:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The stylized cursive "L" is for liege Belgium...

Most likely proofed on or near rue 22 within sight of the town square monument dedicated to arms makers and gunsmith...

The tower itself was once in common use as a Belgian proof.

Interesting reading if you do an internet search.

Mike

What other dungeon is so dark as ones own heart, what jailer so inexorable as ones own mind.

Nothing gold can stay. Nature's first green is gold. Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs flower. But only so an hour. Than leaf subsides to leaf. So eden sank to grief. So dawn goes down today. Nothing gold can stay. (Robert Frost)
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