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TT and TR were applied to in-house test models. A special copper – bronze medallion was also inletted into the right side of the butt of these 10 rifles. Third quarter numbers commenced with A The last serial number for the quarter ending 31st July was UB60 A This was followed by the year indicator, e. The year indicator was irrespective of the serial number advance, e. Repaired weapons are marked with factory code, year and ‘F.
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Click on any thumbnail for a larger image. Extremely rare, small arsenal in Richmond, Confederate “Raker” spur with the small CS mark on the side. It was recovered near Richmond, Virginia, many years ago. It is quite heavy in construction and is believed to have been a product of a small arsenal in Richmond, Virginia.
(The Enfield cocked on closing, as did the British Enfield, which inspired the , and this was thought to be faster in action.) All the operations of the bolt and rifle were slick and clean, and the rifle generally showed excellent workmanship.
Ray Ordorica tries the 03A3 offhand. Some shooters need to keep the thumb on the right side of the stock to avoid getting bumped by it in recoil. This was a comfortable rifle to shoot, even from the bench. Among many different types and makes that saw active duty, the two that stand out were the Springfield and Enfield, both chambered in.
He discusses the specific steel makeup, alloy variations, heat treatments, and modifications to the makeup of the rifles, and has serial-number references along the way. Hatcher delves into the Enfield and its variants, too. The test rifles were both made by Remington. Both were chambered for. After serious inspection, we now believe the Enfield is all original. Our Remington-Springfield had a four-groove barrel, though Remington was the instigator of the two-groove barrel, and these were fitted to all 03A3s as they were made when new, according to Hatcher.
So the barrel of our test Springfield was a replacement. This rifle is, of course, a copy of the Mauser Early Springfields, called the 03 model, had a milled trigger guard and barrel-mounted sights, but the A3 variant went to sheet-metal trigger guard, and numerous other changes that included an excellent rear aperture sight. The front blade sight, totally unprotected, was available in five different heights to regulate the rifle properly to the rear sight with the standard ammo in usage.
When you go with the younger crowd, the name of the game seems to be accuracy by volume as AR15 rifles spew now costly 5. With the older crowd you see more emphasis on accuracy and the stories of their rifles I really enjoy that part. The guns featured above are the surplus Mausers I have collected thus far, and 4 of the 5 are model 98s the top one is a Swedish model 96 that differs a bit from the The Mauser 98 represents what many myself included hold to be the perfect rifle.
The No.3 or”calibre Pattern ’14 rifle and its RF conversion are not to be confused with theRF Pattern ’14 -. which latter rifle is the A.G. ParkerRF conversion of the SMLE (Short Magazine Lee-Enfield) rifle. The rifle represented on this page is aRF sleeved barrel conversion of the Pattern ’14 (P’14) rifle.
Howey By the time the smoke had cleared and the veterans headed back to their homes, the American Civil War had exacted a terrible human cost. In four long years of bloody fighting, half a million of the three million men and boys in blue and gray had been wounded in combat. Two hundred thousand others had been killed. These staggering figures may be less surprising after considering all the macabrely ingenious killing machines taken onto Civil War battlefields—rifled cannon, multi-shot arms, crude machine guns, and repeaters, to name a few.
But it was not these spectacular weapons that drew the most blood during the Civil War. Ninety percent of the soldiers killed on the fields of battle owed their fate to a deceptively simple hand-held gun and its companion projectile: For the first time in history, infantrymen could aim their weapons at a target a fair distance away and actually have a chance of hitting it.
The days of successful frontal assaults by infantry and cavalry were over; defenders armed with the new rifle-musket could fire from a safe place and knock down attacker after attacker before they got close enough to do damage.
Which in our case we have not got? Henry Reed’s much-anthologized poem of World War II, “Naming of Parts,” concerns a British sergeant-instructor delivering a lecture to his green recruits on the various parts of a rifle. The progression of these lessons is as amusing as they are impeccably English: Reed based the poem on his experiences in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps from
A good quality Gentlemans Volunteer″ Enfield percussion rifle by Forrest & Sons Jedburgh Scotland. £ A very rare completely original Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield catalogue dating .
Lee-Speed Sporting Rifle The Lee-Speed Rifle The original incarnation of the most well known of all British service rifles was the Rifle, Magazine, Lee-Metford, adopted in just as several other major powers were adopting nitrocellulose small bore cartridges and new magazine rifles. It was named, in British convention of the era, for the bolt action of Canadian gun designer James Paris Lee and the rifling design of William Ellis Metford. Lee’s bolt action design had its antecedents in his prior Model and Remington-Lee rifles for the United States Navy, but the design made for the British was a significant improvement over these and featured a round box magazine fed by an en bloc charger, offering unheard of firepower.
Metford’s gently-rounded polygonal rifling pattern had been a mainstay of the military-match world for almost two decades notably in the Gibbs-Farquharson-Metford and Deeley-Edge-Metford rifles and was regarded by many experts as being superior in accuracy and minimizing blackpowder fouling when compared to Alexander Henry’s angular rifling pattern.
The Lee-Speed resulted from design improvements introduced by Joseph J. Among these were the safety lever on the bolt and alterations to the magazine to incorporate a round detachable box. My rifle was built by the firm of W. It has a long, yet light 29 inch barrel and express sights with one standing and three folding leaves, as well as a ladder sight of decorative value only. The rifle is furnished with a round box magazine, as opposed to the occasionally encounted shorter sporting magazine, and originally had the keeper chain but this has been lost.
The gun was tested and regulated by Brown and everything was completed by 11th November
Depends what you want it for really doesn’t it. If you want a hunting rifle I’d probably go with the Mauser, I reckon there must be a reason hunting rifles tend to use the mauser action as opposed to the Enfield. That said, the Enfield seems more sturdy and you can reload and fire a second shot without disturbing the position more quickly and easily which if you are hunting something like a deer is handy during that pause between missing and the beast deciding to run away.
For hunting, I too would go with the “Mauser” action, since it is the basis for most hunting rifles of today.
The Lee-Enfield Rifle; Basic Enfield Identification and the Facts about Serial Numbers Along with the manufacturers name both the date of manufacture and the type and mark of the rifle is also shown. SMLE’s will have serial numbers stamped on the bolt, receiver, barrel, .
Cheers, M2Phil , You lined up the bolt head with the slot, and rotated the bolt head up out of the guide, to remove the bolt assembly. The trigger was still hung on the triggerguard, not the receiver. I think Britain must have released there last reserves as surplus to their needs. A buddy of mine was the manager of a local sporting goods store.
When they got their batch of Enfields in, probably about a hundred, he let me into the back room and I went through every box. Most were well worn, and I was more interested in condition than collectability. I paid their asking price
Would the SMLE have taken the 30 odd 6? Not as it existed. The receiver and bolt and magazine well would have had to been made longer.
Martini-Enfield rifles were, by and large, conversions of the Zulu War era/ Martini-Henry, rechambering the rifle for use with the newly introduced British cartridge. Whilst most Martini-Enfields were converted rifles, a number were newly manufactured as well.
We copy below an interesting excerpt from an article in the Military Rifle Journal From the February issue, pages 33 – The material consisted of what was considered non standard or unserviceable for various reasons or unlikely to be of future operational use. The biggest single item was the large stock of Pattern 14 rifle in. Marketing these rifles was difficult as the calibre was in wide use only by the British Empire, Estonia and Latvia.
During the Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War, they supplied large numbers of rifles to the “White”anti – communist forces. From March onward, they supplied about , rifles to Deniken’s forces including large numbers of Pattern 14, lesser numbers of Ross M10 and fewer numbers of Mk.
Edit Winchester Rifles ad, The early years of the twentieth century found the Winchester Repeating Arms Company competing with new John Browning designs, manufactured under license by other firearm companies. The race to produce the first commercial self-loading rifle brought forth the. Winchester engineers, after ten years of work, designed the Model to circumvent Browning’s self-loading shotgun patents, prepared by the company’s very own patent lawyers.
One of Winchester’s premier engineers, T. Johnson , was instrumental in the development of these self-loading firearms and went on to superintend the designs of Winchester’s classic Model , Model 52 and Model Working at the Winchester plant during that war, Browning developed the final design of the Browning Automatic Rifle BAR , of which it produced some 27,
It means the receiver was made in and the barrel was made in The receiver date is commonly held to be the date of the rifle, since the receiver is the “firearm”.
Purpose[ edit ] The primary purpose is to be a handy all-in-one projectile, right quantity of propellant, primer for a shot. In modern, automatic weapons, it also provides the energy to move the parts of the gun which make it fire repeatedly. Many weapons were designed to make use of a readily available cartridge, or a new one with new qualities. The cartridge case seals a firing chamber in all directions excepting the bore.
A firing pin strikes the primer and ignites it. The primer compound deflagrates , it does not detonate that is, it rapidly burns, but does not explode. A jet of burning gas from the primer ignites the propellant. Gases from the burning powder pressurize and expand the case to seal it against the chamber wall.
These propellant gases push on the bullet base.
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If I am reading the Inspectors/acceptance tables correctly ERA rifle was accepted by British Inspectors in week ending 25th November Chris Share this post. Link to post Share on other sites. Create an account or sign in to comment. Dating a Enfield.
Murfreesboro, TN It is difficult to positively identify something based on photographs and I am not sure all the remarks about my expertise concerning the Civil War Enfield are justified Those disclaimers aside, here are a few observations from what the markings themselves suggest. This SHC barrel marking is something that is rarely seen. Most of these tiny little barrel marks wore off or were obscured by pitting from percussion cap fulminate which peppered the barrel around the cone.
This is the only one I’ve seen that was clearly visible. These marks are usually in the wood on the stock comb just forward of the butt plate tang. It jumped out a bit and makes me wonder if it was added later because of the sharpness of the stamp in the metal and the early war date. This Enfield long rifle with a date on the Tower marked lock obviously saw service…It is not beyond the scope of comprehension for sellers to give a weapon more of a Confederate flavor by adding known CS inspection stamps, etc to a disassociated barrel and fitting it to the existing stock.
It is actually more commonplace than we would like to think.
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Look up “wandering zero” and Enfield: PST Thanks for the info Bill. And actually, I would need a source of ammunition as well. I don’t mind paying for newly manufactured rounds after all the hassle involved with the corrosive Berdan primered ammunition for my M I still have a couple thousand rounds of that to burn through before I consider stocking up on non-corrosive ammo.
A piling swivel (called a stacking swivel in the United States, or Aufstellbügel in Germany) is a metal, C-shaped bracket, mounted on the nosecap toward the end of a rifle .
William had four brothers and four sisters and in at the age of 14 was apprenticed to the gunsmithing firm of Hollis Bros in Birmingham. He left Hollis Bros in and bought out the business of Robert Dugard at An advertisement in read “William Tranter successor to R. Dugard , Gun and Pistol maker, for home and exportation, No. Percussion caps, waddings, implements, barrels, locks, and furniture of every description.
He stayed at the Whittall St address a short time and in once again teamed up with the hollis Brothers.