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Re: Checkered Triggers
Miss read your original post regarding the gold bar rib inlay Jon as I mistakenly thought you were referencing the short rib (the part with the rib extension). But I can truthfully state that I've never seen a gold bar rib inlay engraved with anything other than scroll; but since I'm assuming your rib inlay is engraved, please send a pic to my email addy and I'll a post a photo here (email@example.com). Since I mistakenly assumed your reference was to a gold inlay on the short rib, I envisioned something similar to the gold inlay on the Monogram grade below. As to the cost of trigger checkering being 10 cents, remember that those numbers represent the actual shop time cost; the cost billed to the customer would have been more, although whatever the company billed would be cheap compared to today's cost. Also regarding engraving cost, I've seen some original Hunter Arms time sheets from back in the day where an engraver was being paid $.25-.35/hour. I've also seen some statements from the early 1950's whereby Marlin subcontracted engraving work to Charles Jerred (a master engraver) and paid him $1.50/hour. We certainly won't find an engraver at that rate today!