Tracie Hill included Savage #S-15082 in his 1996 book "Thompson: The American Legend" as a possible example of a "Savage 1921 Overstamp in reverse Commercial MODEL." But he was circumspect about whether #S-15082 was actually a real factory created example or whether some unknown entity stamped the "1" over the "8" in "1928."
In his 2009 "TUTB", Hill seemed to no longer question the authenticity of this Savage "overstamp" in reverse being a Savage factory alteration and included the non serial number side photo of S-15082 which was a feature in a 1992 TCA edition and appeared (with the serial number side facing away from view) in the TSMG collection of the William B. Ruger Gallery at the National Firearms Museum.
Yet Frank Iannamico has a cutaway Savage MODEL 1921 (S-17038) showing the Colt 1921 receiver internals. The receiver appears to have been Savage/AOC factory marked 1921 not marked 1928 with the "8" overstamped with a "1." It also seems that S-17038 remains the only documented example of a Savage MODEL 1921.
Threads regarding the mysterious SAVAGE MODEL 1928 over stamped 1.
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