At Saturday's gun show I was shown an Ithaca 1911A1 GI in all respects except that the receiver was blank. No SN, no US Property, no inspector's mark, no nothing. Almost nothing, there was a row of tiny letters stamped along and partly under the front edge of the right grip panel. They appeared to have been stamped through the parkerizing like an importer's mark but the letters spell nothing. The owner bought the gun from a dealer who signed it in and out with that letter sequence as the serial number, so he has a legal paper trail on it. But what has he got? He thinks he has a sterile gun made up for special ops. I and FLG think he has a lunchbox special. But then what are the letters? Ideas on the Forum?