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A friend acquired an M1917 Eddystone that had a small C and a Brittish type broad arrow proof on tne right side of the receiver ring. Both stampings are only about half clearly stamped. He asked if this indicated lend lease to Canada. I can find no reference of any M1917 lend lease to Canada in Skennerton's book but about, 119,000 to England. Is the stamp Canadian or British lend lease? Thanks for any information.
Sir, you might want to repost this & in the title ask about Canadian proofed 1917's......... it might get you a definitive answer faster.Just the thought of an old man..........
Not a lend lease mark at all. That C-- broad arrow, stamp is a Canada Military ownership mark. I would guess they got to Canada from the Brits. I live in MI and about 5-10 yrs ago allot of them showed up here at gun shows w/o import stamps. I saw more then a few at the time and was in the market for 1 ea maker, one I purchased is so marked. Now they may have been imported before '68 but it seems allot of owners all of a sudden decided to sell at the same time (in the same year). Being so close to the border, I suspected something else!
The answer is that it does indicate Canadian ownwership but not neccesarily lend lease acquisition. They were supplied to the British, the French,the Chinese, Denmark and others.
Thanks for the information. I'll pass it on to the owner.
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