Lee Enfield #1 MkIII*

Lithgow 1941 - restored

in .303

 

 

This is a very nice, like new Lee Enfield SMLE made at Lithgow in 1941.

It came to me with the forend cut down and missing the handguards. It was in such good condition otherwise I had to restore it. The forend and front handguard were copied off one of my Lithgow Enfields and the rear handguard is NOS. The barrel has a very good bore with strong rifling, about 8+/10. I believe the large 'R' on the barrel knox means that it is a arsenal replacement barrel. It is English export marked and U.S. import marked. All numbers match and all original parts are correct Australian manufactured pieces. (The nosecap is original but was renumbered to match the rest of the rifle). The butt swivel and the rear band are correct black painted brass and the near mint magazine, although not number matching, is in the same serial prefix and Australian marked. All of the metal parts retain about 95+% of the original finish. The buttstock is original to the gun and looks like new and is marked 'SLAZ 52' which means it was probably replaced at the arsenal before storage or export although the rifle is not marked 'FTR'. The action is smooth and locks up tight.

Overall a very nice, clean rifle. The Lithgow rifles are considered to be the most accurate of all the SMLE rifles which has made them one of the more sought after for shooting today. These are also an excellent addition to any WW2 collection.

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FFL or C&R required.

 

 

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