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Is my BM59 an authentic, desirable Reese rifle?

SpringfieldArmory Beretta BM59

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#1 Navy Brat

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 09:29 PM

Would it be possible for someone to help me determine what kind of rifle I have inherited? It was purchased in the mid 1980s and came in a green and white cardboard box with "Springfield Armory" printed on it. It came with an owners manual with a drawing on the cover of a soldier lying on the ground. The wood is a dark chocolate brown and is not shiny. The grain of the wood runs parallel lengthwise, not diagonal. It has a folding bi-pod, winter trigger, and an attached fabric sling. Here is a list of three markings on the gun:

 

1. On the metal part that faces you when you're firing it:

 

    7.62 mm BM59

    Springfield

    Armory

    0000946

 

2. On the left face of that same metal part:

 

    P B BM59

 

3. On the right face, on a movable piece of metal between the trigger and the magazine:

 

    P B - BM59 IAP

 

Thanks in advance for any help offered. It will be greatly appreciated!


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