You are absolutely correct. (Please, Brit apologists...spare me the "they provided us with bases" excuse; the bases were as much for THEIR benefit as ours.)I have never heard if Great Britain ever paid us back for the hundreds of millions of dollars of support we gave them in the 2 world wars. My guess would be they never paid it all back.
I think we’ve discussed this before. Since we find plenty of guns with both the P proof on the butt and the crossed pennant proof from at least spring 1941 (I have a specimen shipped in May), it seems unclear whether one was understood to replace the other.^ With one caveat. It appears the military proof function was delegated to S&W prior to Lend-Lease. Witness the P found on the butt of some of these weapons prior to the Ordnance bomb and U.S.Property markings.
Looks to be in nice shape overall, and original. It also seems to have escaped post-war British commercial proofing. Are there any marks on the butt besides the serial?These were a couple more pictures I took. Hope they upload.