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Proto - Prototype?

Sep 17, 1999
What is the difference between these two distinctions? I recently purchased a Dalton M9 marked proto on blade. I purchased knife as a "user". Does the proto designation in this instance give the kinfe any special collection value. There are many M9'S with this designation for sale at blade auction and from RayJay etc. so to me it merely means the first in a production run. I value other opinions.

[This message has been edited by Joe Garbelli (edited 20 September 1999).]