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WW1 SMLE stock disc origin


jimmy9fingers1
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Hi all,

 

Does anyone know what these markings mean on my smle?

V61 I believe, guessing it's post Wars, any info would be much appreciated,

 

thanks,

 

Jim

Lee Enfield Stock Disc.jpg

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A real 'Arabic' number! You have number 1908...!!!

22 minutes ago, jimmy9fingers1 said:

Hi all,

 

Does anyone know what these markings mean on my smle?

V61 I believe, guessing it's post Wars, any info would be much appreciated,

 

thanks,

 

Jim

 

 

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Thanks, is it likely it was out in the Middle East then? or just added at a later date. No other unusual markings on it to be fair 

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1 hour ago, jimmy9fingers1 said:

Thanks, is it likely it was out in the Middle East then? or just added at a later date. No other unusual markings on it to be fair 

 

Yes, could be Jordan or Iraq, both countries used these, but I think the Iraqi ones had marked receivers?

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Iraqi SMLEs will usually have a 'Jeem' marking on receiver/knocksform.

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Thanks, but couldn't see anything like that, is it possible the disc came from a WW2 example as the chap who sold me it many years ago mainly had mainly WW2 gear,

 

obviously Britain was out in the middle east, no re-issue marks on the rifle though I don't think.

 

 

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3 hours ago, ShtLE303 said:

Iraqi SMLEs will usually have a 'Jeem' marking on receiver/knocksform.

Here is the disc on one of my Iraqi ShtLEs

 

iraq5.jpg.76711ee44309b3805f07510eaaf566f7.jpg

 

and the ownership mark.

iraq3.jpg.581574507a3b3bec98c6bd8139ed7e02.jpg

 

Chris

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  • 2 weeks later...

I wonder if it was placed there to (slightly) increase its value?

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Trajan maybe you are right, after a little research I notice a lot of SMLE'S at militaria dealers (particuclarly de-acts) have a stock disc which is more than likely a later addition and doesn't necessarily correlate with other markings on the gun, this would make sense.

Thanks

   

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