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OA 31cm, Bl 17cm. The two most prolific production periods being and These Australian rifles are WW2 dated and bear full Australian markings on the metal parts and wooden stocks, most especially the butt markings. An important addition to complete your Enfield collection. Deactivated to current EU-UK spec with certificate. Moving trigger and safety removable magazine.
Enfield ShLE III* No4 Mk1/2; BSA ShT’22 IV* Markings on Lee Enfield Rifles. Ever sat there wondering about what markings, a number or a symbol means on your LE? Well I for one have had many an hour scratching my head trying to decipher what they all the markings mean.
Bring some kind of bore light if you have one. Check to see if all of the major components are from the same maker, and have matching serial numbers. Try to find out if the rifle has been checked for headspace and passes. The Enfield rifles are adjusted for headspace using interchangeable bolt heads. The bolt heads are different lengths. There is a number stamped on the side of the bolt head right next to the extractor.
No.4 Mk1 Date and serial questions
I can still remember seeing the long, greasy boxes when they came, and seeing him out in the garage scraping all the cosmoline off those rifles-a long and tedious job. Random Disable Person November 25, at 5: They are adding one old issue per month in chronological order.
Lee enfield no4 mk1 dating, John, who worked for the B. Company for many years and holds most of those records not destroyed in enemy bombing raids on the factories during the War, has been willing to help date a particular B.
Site Map Due to U. K legislation, we cannot and do not post deactivated weapons outside of the United Kingdom. Points on the terms ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Specification Deactivation. Old specification refers to weapons which have been deactivated before October whilst weapons deactivated after October are known as new specification deactivated weapons. Old specification deactivation rules permitted submachine guns and semi automatic rifles to have working actions able to be fully stripped down to their major component parts.
Revolvers were permitted to have unblocked cylinders enabling inert ammunition to be put into the cylinder but under the new specification rules this was no longer permitted. New specification rules now legally oblige that submachine guns and semi automatic rifles have all their actions cut and welded to the weapon body prohibiting cocking or dry firing. Cocking handles and levers may be left free running in their groves.
Change in law on deactivated firearms came into force on 8 April , see the below link for the current situation. On Tuesday 2nd May a penalty is introduced for anyone breaking the deactivation law which came into force on the 8th April
Canadian Long Branch rifles closely parallel British production, with some specific deviations and much smaller quantities. These first deliveries were selected from the nearly , No. Law suggests Long Branch reserved blocks of numbers when they found the hardening made drilling and tapping for scope pads too difficult.
The last batch was delivered in before the plant shut down and changed ownership. He presumes they were to fill British contracts.
Lee Enfield Rifle Markings Index: Manufacturer’s Marks Misc. Marks Armorer’s Marks Government Marks Unit Marks.
To recap, this rifle was given to me by my father-in-law back in early January. Lee-Enfields were manufactured from to the early s, and total production was nearly 14 million rifles. This one appeals to me because it was made in England during the Battle of Britain, and shows evidence of actual deployment in combat. As it happens, the first high-powered rifle I ever shot as a kid was an old WWI vintage Enfield that belonged to my uncle. Unfortunately, this was a popular practice in the post war years.
The guns were plentiful and cheap, and guys who bought them apparently preferred the look of a traditional hunting rifle. After the initial disassembly and inspection, I was happy to find the action and barrel in surprisingly good condition.
One more step
British Lee Enfield No. Deactivated Parker Hale No4. Deactivated Parker Hale no4 convertion.
The Enfield No.2 was a British top-break revolver using the/ round manufactured from to It was the standard British/Commonwealth sidearm in the Second World War, alongside the Webley Mk IV and Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolvers chambered in the same calibre.
There are a number of methods by which a rifle can be dated, or at least bracketed between certain years of manufacture. For the latter, dates of introduction of military arms can be located within the Government “List of Changes” LoCs as can dates of obsolescence and of modification or upgrade to later marks. You may not necessarily find specific date information within the text of particular pages, but often the images of advertisements or catalogue entries contain some dating ‘give-away’, such as the year in which a particular rifle achieved a notable competition score by someone, but which data is in graphic format and therefore not “searchable” by a text search engine.
Do not briefly glance over a page and assume that the information you require is not there. It may not be immediately obvious, but careful observation may provide you with the information for which you are looking. Such research is a major part of the joy of owning, collecting and shooting classic or historic rifles.
Lee Enfield No.4 Barrel
Photo by David Tong. The example I am reviewing is a representative of what the armorers there performed. Originally a standard No.
ENFIELD FAKES Dr. Skip Stratton published this warning on his Enfield rifles on his website The Lee-Enfield No. 7 rifle is a caliber training rifle, similar in appearance to a full-size No. 4 rifle, which was made in both Canada and Great Britain in the late s. They are clearly marked as such.
The new rifle also incorporated a charger loading system,  another innovation borrowed from the Mauser rifle’  and is notably different from the fixed “bridge” that later became the standard, being a charger clip stripper clip guide on the face of the bolt head. The shorter length was controversial at the time: The iconic Lee—Enfield rifle, the SMLE Mk III, was introduced on 26 January , along with a Pattern P’07 sword bayonet and featured a simplified rear sight arrangement and a fixed, rather than a bolt-head-mounted sliding, charger guide.
These are designated Mk IV Cond. Ltd to meet military production demands, led to the development of the “peddled scheme”, which contracted out the production of whole rifles and rifle components to several shell companies. The rifle became known simply as the “three-oh-three”. Pattern Enfield Due to the poor performance of the. The main deficiency of the rounds at the time was that they used heavy, round-nosed bullets that had low muzzle velocities and poor ballistic performance.