I do not remember if the Model 40XB's we had were marked USMC Property or not, but I don't think so. The quantity we had was so few and I don't think that was specified when they purchased them in what probably was the 1960's because they were purchased before I showed at Quantico to become an RTE Armorer. Most of the firearms for the International Team came from small special procurements.
Originally Posted by n64atlas
We had something like 6 Krieghoff over/under 12 ga. Skeet Skeet Shotguns on that account in the 80's and they had been purchased prior to 1973 by quite a few years as well. They were also not marked U.S. Property and I don't believe the International Pistols were marked that way, either. Thinking back, I was told the normal price for the Krieghoffs when we bought them was something like $ 12,000.00 each, but we had gotten them for something like $ 9,500.00 each by purchasing all 6 at the same time. However, ONE of them was an engraved model tha was worth about $ 16,000.00. What happened was Krieghoff had sent five "standard" models, but had messed up and had not sent the 6th. The dealer who handled the transaction got permission from Krieghoff and from us to use the engraved model as the 6th gun to fill the contract at no additional charge to us. MAN, was that a nice shotgun.
The only reason I knew that about the Krieghoffs was I was selected to replace the recoil pad on that shotgun as one of our previous Armorers had replaced it and had done a truly sad job on it that was really an eyesore. I had never installed a new recoil pad before and doing so on a $ 16,000.00 shotgun in 1974 had quite a bit of pressure with the job. I did a lot of hand filing and special sanding and polishing to get the pad to match a couple original ones on the factory stocks. It wasn't quite as good as the original factory finish, but it was close enough that the International Team was well pleased. More imlportantly it had impressed one of the GySgts Armorers on THE Marine Corps Rifle Team and it had been sort of a test prior to them bringing me up on the Big Team.
Last edited by Gus Fisher; 04-17-2012 at 06:59.