First time posting here. Put these same questions on another site and got some feedback. I thought I would try here too.
I recently purchased a numbers matching 1953 Izzy. The metal is in very nice condition.
But the stock has a Tula star with matching numbers.
There are no XX'ed out old numbers. And the serial # and other marks all appear to have been stamped after it was varnished.
On the other side of the stock are two marks applied after the varnish. But there is one more faint mark that appears to be under the varnish. It is a circle with an oval inside and a "T" shape.
There is only one cross bolt.
There are no clear arsenal refurbishment marks on the cover or elsewhere.
The other site only allows 4 pictures per post. I do not see anything about a picture limit here so I will attach as many as I can. I hope that's OK.
What have I got here?
Has it been refurbished?
What is the meaning of the circle/oval/T mark?
Thanks image uploader