The "MA" stands for Machinery Armaments. Lithgow beagn using this mark in the late 1920s and its use continued through World War II. The arrow is a government acceptance mark. Referred to as the "broad arrow," this mark originated in Britain and was eventually adopted by most of the Commonwealth countries. The "X" is a "bend test mark," which signified that the blade steel temper was within spec. "OA" is an abbreviation for "Orange Arsenal." Orange Arsenal was an additional small arms plant set up in 1942.
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