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#1 milsurp_scout_14

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 07:18 PM

I bought these 4 mags as a package deal at a local gunshow. Pouch is USGI, and looks to be dated either 1951 or 57. Two mags are parkerized and SEY marked (Seymour Products I assume). The other two mags are also parkerized, and are marked 'W.R.A' on the bottom spine, and 'USMC' on the floorplates. I have never seen these markings on any 30rd mag before, whether commercial or GI. 

Does the 'W.R.A' stand for Winchester Repeating Arms? And was it common to stamp USMC on mags used by the Marines? Or are these just elaborate fakes?

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 07:19 PM

Mag body details.

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#3 oldfireguy

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 12:49 AM

https://thecmp.org/w...tember_2007.pdf

This is an older article but still valid and those markings are not in there.


Edited by oldfireguy, 08 December 2019 - 12:51 AM.


#4 thorin6

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 05:16 PM

Can you post a larger picture of the back spine of the magazines, focusing on the cuts in the middle, and identifying which ones had the WRA marking.



#5 milsurp_scout_14

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 06:59 PM

Thanks, I'd viewed that CMP guide. And here is the picture of the cuts (WRA marked are the left two mags). Three of the mags have what I'd call 'angled' cuts, and one WRA has 'straight' cuts.

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#6 thorin6

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:43 PM

The ones with the hour-glass shaped cuts are generally considered USGI 30-round magazines.  One WRA with hour-glass shaped cuts and one WRA with straight cuts doesn't help much on identifying why the marks are there.  They were most likely added after the magazines were manufactured, but at this point, no idea who put the WRA marks on them or why.  Sorry that's not much help.




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