I have a .50 BMG dummy headstamped “F A 4” and a .30 Carbine ball headstamped “L C 4”. Why was the second digit of the date ground off the bunter?
Falcon…They used 1943 bunters with the 3 ground off…cost savings…But…you will also see the full 4 4 in some headstamps…Randy
Take the remaining bunters from that decade (40, 41, 42, 43), grind off 1 digit and you will have enough bunters to last for more than the entire years production, and at very little cost to produce (basicly free).
The answer is quite simply money savings.
They also did the same thing in 1955.