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Re: The mystery of the 'R' suffix :( DUMPSTER FIRE REVISITED
Tom, I agree. It is also one of the reasons I think that the "R" is not a serial number suffix at all. My theory is that it indicates that the gun was returned to the factory for re-work. In the photos on this thread, the letter is far removed from the serial number and grade markings. As Jim indicated, there are "R" notes in the ledger for a period, but that doesn't necessarily mean that this was stamped on the gun.
One way to check my theory would be to look for differences in configuration between these guns and what the ledger shows.