I took out the ones I have. I compared the one with no molot shield to the one with. They both have similar markings in the same spots, with the same attributes such as spot welds, ribs ect. Just one has a molot shield and one doesnt. Im not positive, but I think some just did not get marked like that.But wouldn't a Molot 40 have the star inside the shield up by the locking lug on the spine? Mine do.