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Removing Import Marks

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by thegriz18, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. thegriz18

    thegriz18 Paper Killer

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    I'm picking up a P6 tomorrow and it has a small import mark on the slide, above the take down lever. "C.A.I. Georgia, VT" Anyways, it is lightly etched into the slide. I plan on refinishing the pistol at some point and was curious if anyone has been successful in removing these marks.
     
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    there incredibly easy to remove ..
     

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    How do you do it?
     
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    Is it legal to remove import marks?
     
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    get your sand paper out and a flat backing block and go to town..
     
  6. thegriz18

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    I don't see any reason it would be illegal. You aren't defacing the serial number.
     
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    true believer Super Moderator Moderator

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    i was wondering the same thing?
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    I would say if the BATE required the marks for import it would proabbly be a bad idea to remove them.

    I cannot however find any firm answer on this. It appears to me to be a grey area, on which I'd err on the side of caution.
     
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    The importer goes on the 4473 form.
    It is part of the ID for the gun, as is the SN.
    Would not take it off.
    Call ATF.



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  10. sigcalcatrant

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    I have seen the lightly etched import marks disappear without even trying by chrome plating or NP3 plating. It IS NOT illegal. The serial number on the reciever is all that matters. Any markings on any other part, or any markings not the serial number no matter where they're at don't matter. Again, IF IT'S ON THE SLIDE, even if it's a serial number, it doesn't matter, and can be removed.
     
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  12. thegriz18

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    That's what I thought. It detracts from the look of the pistol. I want it gone! Mine is on the slide and when it is was registered on my permit it says Sig Sauer, not C.A.I. for the manufacturer.
     
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    Interesting question and one that I have not seen any official answer.

    Scammers often remove import marks because it can add to the value of some weapons. The P6 sells for a lot less than other Sigs and removing the import mark serves to disguise it.

    Some dealers may not accept firearms when the import mark has been removed, because they do not want the reputation as a scammer. This may reduce the value of your gun.

    I would leave it original if I were you. It will shoot just as well.

    ML
     
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    I'll post pics of it tomorrow after I pick it up.
     
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    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    The firearm maker is listed on the 4473. Nowhere is an importer shown/listed/or marked on that form or the A&D Book. As a FFL holder I am somewhat familiar with that form.

    I agree with the "Would not take it off". The marks do not deface or devalue the firearm. It tells that the firearm was imported. True, some firearms without the stamp are slightly more valuable - they wern't imported the same way. If it's that bad why did you buy the gun?

    If you hate the stamp and it drives you crazy them remove it. Some plating might fill in the impression or if deep fill with solder and plate.
     
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    The pleasure is all mine. :thumbsup:
     
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    If you're having it plated, hit it with some fine grit wet/dry sand paper with a little gun oil or Break Free. If you're having it plated, it might disappear any way, but this will make sure. As for the reasons some are giving for not removing the import marks, "It tells that the firearm was imported.", that's already obvious, it's made in Germany, how else would it have gotten here? As for 'how' it was imported, maybe there is a good reason for knowing that, but I don't know what it would be. "The P6 sells for a lot less than other Sigs and removing the import mark serves to disguise it.": It doesn't diguise anything on a P6, since it has the little cut-out on the hammer. That makes it unmistakeably a P6. It's your gun, and it sounds like a keeper, do what you want. There's no good reason not to.
     
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    Awe shucks, now you're embarrassing me. :embarassed: :thumbsup: :supergrin: