The mark is on the receiver of a 1944 SAKO M39, just above the ground eagle. The mark appears to be a crown of some sort. My first though was that the mark was a Serbian crown, but upon further research, the crown on the M39 doesnt look exactly like the Serbian crown. The receiver on this particular M39 is a 1904 Izhevsk. Any help would be appreciated.
The crown on the flag has four petals just as your stamp does. Also there is considerable variation in the style of crown stamps, shown in the various illustrations at the bottom of the page. The authors have ID'd two variations, though both of these have the cross yours lacks. They also point out that there was an export to Finland from Serbia, though.
Interesting one! My vote would be that it's a Serb proof mark that served some subsidiary role to the more ornate crown stamps on the Serb barrel shanks.
If you haven't posted this over on the M-N forums (aka the Collector's Forum), you should do so. Those guys live and breath Mosins.
April 13, 2011, 06:40 AM
Thank you Cosmoline. I was thinking the same thing, just wanted to be completely sure.
I am still waiting on permission from the Gunboards to use their forum. I will post there as soon as I am allowed to. I will post here if they come up with anything. Thanks again.
April 14, 2011, 02:42 AM
Which forum are you refering to?
It doesnt look like I am going to get very far on Gunboards.
April 14, 2011, 02:58 AM
The gunboards collector's forum. Check out this thread: