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1916 Enfield No1 - info requested


Stealth87
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Hello all,

New to the forum and excited to learn more about many different topics! I recently picked up a 1916 Enfield No1 MKIII*. It was just rotting away in a pile of guns and I thought it has way too much history to just be sitting there with no TLC. I’ve spent around 15 hours cleaning this thing up and trying to give it some much needed TLC. To my surprise, it appears to be 100% numbers matching. I have included a bunch of pictures and curious as to what info anyone can provide on it! There appears to be a hint of green paint on the stock as well as two serial numbers. From the minimal research I’ve been able to do on it, it appears it may have gone to Australia at some point? Any info that can be provided is of great appreciation!

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Really nice solid example! Congrats

So yes - British made but Australian owned (D^D stamps and Arrow-in-D stamps) plus Australian number added.

Re barreled in 1918 (see 1918 date)

The green paint indicates that towards the end of its life it was a Cadet rifle in Australia (but green indicates still capable of live fire)

The paint would originally have looked like this:

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Mine is a 1916 Lithgow MkIII rifle which has been refinished in WWII (see modified foresight protectors with holes in etc.

 

While it is difficult to be certain I suspect your rifle is one of the rifles supplied by the UK to Australia at the end of the war as compensation for the rifles Australia supplied to the UK at the start. These are mostly 1918 dated but as your had been re barreled  and returned to full spec in 1918 it may well have been in reserve as new and supplied along with newly produced rifles. The other alternative is that it went home in the hands of a member of the AIF (who were supplied from central depots and no attention was paid to the source of the rifle - that's just something collectors worry about!)

 

Here is a similar example (also with paint! but this time downgrading it to Drill (yellow)/ Do not fire (red) status:

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This is a 1918 BSA MkIII* also smothered in Australian markings like yours.

 

Thanks for posting - excellent rifle and really nice to have it all matching including the fore-stock.

Chris

 

 

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Excellent! Thank you very much for the info, Chris! That’s helps a ton. I did have it inspected and it was cleared to shoot. It printed about a 6” grouping at 50 yards using just the iron sights. I was pleasantly surprised by that for a 105 year old rifle. I cleaned immediately after use. It is definitely one of my favorite rifles now after spending so much time with it and discovering all of its history! 
 

Thanks again! 

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