Maybe some of you older guys who've been around awhile can answer a question for me. Are these original factory data tags? The reason I ask is because the differences in the stamped numbers vs the engraved numbers have become the topic of a rather hot discussion between two different IA's who are both friends of mine and I would like to know which one of them is right.
One IA says they are original tags that were stamped by the Piper factory, that Piper did not engrave data tags back then, that Piper stamped the numbers on the tags by hand with a stamping tool.
The other IA says otherwise.
I tend to believe the numbers on these tags were stamped by the Piper factory back in '43, but that's just my opinion only. Maybe somebody here knows something about original tags stamped by Piper back in those days and can help settle a disagreement between two very good IA's who have both been friends of mine for many years. Are these tags the real deal?
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