Here are three
versions of the "Sold Out of Service" opposing broad arrows. The
broad arrow, as you may know, is the symbol of the British War
Department. The overall meaning of this marking is that the weapon
was released from Military service, or "Sold Out of Service". Often
they were then sold to the public, or to rifle clubs. This marking is
generally seen on the right and/or left side of the action body,
knoxform and often on stamped into the wood of the weapon's
broad arrows, touching.
broad arrows, not
broad arrows with "S". The "S" denotes the weapon was "Safe"
or "Serviceable", and did not need to be reproofed if sold
commonly found on Mark IV Martini-Henry Rifles which saw
service in India. "F A" stands for Firozpur
Arsenal. Firozpur is located in the south-west
portion of Punjab.
Sold out of service from the Kirkee, India Arsenal. Commonly seen on M-H Mark IV's.