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Old 09-19-2011, 02:53 AM   #1
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hey all, just got this Enfield sporter today. It belonged to a great uncle of mine & no one in his family wanted it, so my grandma (his sister) gave it to me.

I'm new to Enfields & know very little about them other than the little bit i've picked up online in the last couple hours, but this seems to be made in 1906 by Enfield, it's the Short magazine Lee Enfield mk 1 as best i can tell by the markings. what you see is what i got with it, so it's obviously missing the magazine & the front & rear sights have been removed at some point in it's life, it has a japanese Valor 4x32 scope on it.



i have no idea when it was modified but i'd say for a sportered milsurp i'd say it's actually pretty tastefully done



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Old 09-19-2011, 02:57 AM   #2
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pretty nice... shouldn't be too hard to find a magazine, there are sites out the wazoo for old milsurp guns.



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"Oh, What a Country" used to have a great deal on all the Enfield mags.

Nice looking sporterized Enfield you have there.

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Very nicely done, a few more pictures would be great !

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Looks like a Santa Fe made by golden state arms with an after applied scope. I have one without the Jap scope but with a Bushnell, Shoots great. My first gun. Got it when I was 13 for Christmas 50 years ago.

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sorry for the delay, here's a couple more pics with some of the markings. this thing has more symbols & writing on it than a men's room at a punk bar





it's kinda blurry (cheap camera) but in the second pic you might be able to see that the barrel & receiver had the same serial number with the letter "T" underneath, but at some point the number on the receiver was scratched out & a new number was engraved above it. anyone know a reason for that?

haven't shot it yet & probably won't be able to until the weekend but if all goes good, i just may make this my deer rifle

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I believe it has been demoted or promoted, I think it was from sniper to regular service or
visa versa, one of the two I think.

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Hi . because it is dated 1900 it is more than likely a long tom as it also has no bridge for the charger guide , but it has a metford cocking piece where a long tom should have a long cocking piece with the safety catch on the end .. Have a good look along the top of the barrel if there are only two small tapped holes it has a long tom barrel but if there is a groove across the barrel ( where a pin was used to help secure the back sight )plus tapped holes then it has a later barrel . there may be a longitudinal groove near the muzzle with a small groove to secure the front sight ( long toms had a small ramp sweated on .. I cannot see what the small writing and crest above the smle and date which could tell us more , but there is no doubt that the gun has been returned to the armoury for refurbishing maybe more than once before it was sporterized .. The black tip is typical of rifles sporterized by Parker Hale in England after ww2 .. There other telltales such ascut outs in the forend where the top handguards have been which would have been fillled in by parker hale which would also give a clue as to which model it was originaly .. not a lot of help but may be of interest or help ...Robinnz

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Hi . because it is dated 1900 it is more than likely a long tom as it also has no bridge for the charger guide , but it has a metford cocking piece where a long tom should have a long cocking piece with the safety catch on the end .. Have a good look along the top of the barrel if there are only two small tapped holes it has a long tom barrel but if there is a groove across the barrel ( where a pin was used to help secure the back sight )plus tapped holes then it has a later barrel . there may be a longitudinal groove near the muzzle with a small groove to secure the front sight ( long toms had a small ramp sweated on .. I cannot see what the small writing and crest above the smle and date which could tell us more , but there is no doubt that the gun has been returned to the armoury for refurbishing maybe more than once before it was sporterized .. The black tip is typical of rifles sporterized by Parker Hale in England after ww2 .. There other telltales such ascut outs in the forend where the top handguards have been which would have been fillled in by parker hale which would also give a clue as to which model it was originaly .. not a lot of help but may be of interest or help ...Robinnz

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