There is no such thing as matching numbers on US arms with the exception of national match 1903's which sometimes has the serial number electropenciled (not engraved) into the bolt body. The only reason for matching numbers is to keep hand fitted parts together. The US mastered universal parts interchangeability, Germany did not.TankerHC said:Can anyone tell me the approximate value of one of these guns? I believe the seriel # is 486XXXX and has all matching numbers.
TankerHC said:Talked to him a few minutes ago. Behind the sight it says 36018 1918, has a 4 groove barrel and is in very good condition.
Also inside the groove where the safety fits into the stock there is what looks like an S and a J, hes not sure about the S. And right in front of the front sling ring there is a little pad with an H stamped on it.
Ya got me there! Need some pics!36018 1918?
The safety is on the back of the bolt, it doesn't fit anywhere near the stock. He may be confusing the magazine cutoff marked on and off. S may mean a Springfield replacement stock.the safety fits into the stock there is what looks like an S and a J
This is not a front sling ring, it is a stacking swivel so three or more rifles could make a tripod in the field. The little pad is the bayonet lug, and H means its hardened.front sling ring there is a little pad with an H stamped on it.