Here is a question for the gun law experts.
Can an FFL knowingly sell a firearm where an altered old
import mark ( generally found on the barrel & not containing a new serial number
) is removed? What the heck is Classic thinking about, a search of the rifle 's number would indicate if it was imported as an import marked rifle??? Yes ? NO? Maybe its ok, since a new number is not assigned to the rifle. I wonder if the import mark is that important to them? Do the feds even care, it's a stupid tag like on a toy that says where it came from. If you switch out a barrel the mark is gone.
If I remember correct, post 2002 guns had larger import marks as a new requirement, some with new serial numbers, others without a second number.
I know no one can sell a firearm where the larger, bill board import mark containing a new second serial number
( located on the frame or receiver) and part of the mark is a new serial number if that mark is ground off. IF THAT later type of IMPORT MARK IS REMOVED it can not be sold because that is the serial number of the rifle that was removed. The the original serial number was not used in a background search. Likewise, it's a no no to have or sell a gun where the serial number is filed off or removed. But who is to know if it actually had an import mark if it is so expertly removed? Do the Feds consider import marks a joke, like a tag on a pillow or toy? Only the owner can pull off the tag or remove the import mark. I have seen Mosins where the import marks are missing (never applied on the barrel) in the crates like it never got stamped because it was done so fast, or ones that are only partially stamped. So maybe it's no big deal other than claiming there is no import mark to get extra value like a pre 1968 firearm with just ENGLAND or FRANCE stamped on them or a bring back lacking any mark. Heck, even a Mitchell Mauser with its best category still has an import mark. They do not remove them.
Classic is a little shady here, maybe on thin ice as far as honesty. They must know the barrels were turned in a lath, polished and reblued to remove an import mark. I wonder if any of those barrels had a counterbore??
Why not just say they are rebuilt by ?? and sell them like Mitchells' rebuilds. Except they are ?? rebuilds. I got no problem with rebuilt-like replicas. I find it interesting there are people that actually pay that much for one. But if you want a nice clean rifle to hang in your office...
To old to fight and to old to run, a Jar head will just shoot and be done with you.