Make: BSA Co.
Model: SHT. LE III*
Serial Number: 29840
Year of Manufacture: 1917
Caliber: .303 British
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The magazine is serial numbered to the gun "29840", the right side of the frame is marked "CAI St Alb VT", and the bridge is marked ".303 11K". The serial number is found on the receiver ring with an "E" above. The stock band is marked with a crown over "GB", and "B.S.A. Co. / 1917 / Sht. LE / III*". The right side of the rear sight has an arrow proof and a crown proof. The right side of the bolt is marked "SMC", an arrow proof and an "E6" proof. The back of the bolt handle and the front of the bayonet guide are marked "29840", there is "63" on the top of the bolt. The left side of the receiver ring is marked with a crown over "GR", crossed flags over "P", arrow over EFT/ GZ", and another unreadable mark. The roman numeral "III" is found on the safety. There is what may be "P / 13" on the bar behind the safety. The forend behind the bayent lug is marked "N / 20628". The left side of the stock in front of the stock band is stamped "D7". There is an "X" in front of the floor plate. There are three proof marks on the wrist behind the trigger guard, the only readable mark is an "X". Behind the rear sight is marked "FV / SC". Further back on the stock toward the rear sling swivel is a "K". There is an "M" on the bolt lug.
Barrel Length: 25 1/2"
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with standard military sights. The rear sight is in good condition with no losses to the spring loaded slider.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock(s) is/are wood in servicable condition. There are many dings and gouges and there are several cracks at the rear sling swivel. These cracks do not reduce the usability of the stock. There is a repair to the top rear forend wood. There are several visible brass pins and an inlaid "H" in the wood. The LOP measures 13". The stocks rate about fair to good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Probable Reblue
Bore Condition: The bore is slightly gray. The rifling is sharp and deep. There is some minor fouling and perhaps some minor erosion in the grooves. In any case a thorough cleaning would further improve this very good bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows refinishing and some wear. There is wear to the bolt. There is pinprick surface erosion in many of the metal surfaces near the bolt/trigger guard. Of particular note is the number and good condition of the proof marks. Only a few are difficult to read. The Screw heads are servicable and show some wear and minor disfiguration. The markings are mostly clear. Overall, this gun rates in about very good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this gun. Two sling swivel screws are missing, please see pictures..
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This the quintessential British battle rifle used from before WWI to Vietnam in and from every corner of the British Empire. This one is in good shootable condition and dates to WWI. With its matching serial number magazine, this is a rare gun.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This gun can be transferred in California and is C&R eligible.
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