Enfield No. 1 Mk3 SMLE 1917

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Washington (WA)

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12 Years 4 Months
WINNER: c****2
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(December 4, 2007 22:29:27 PT)
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(December 11, 2007 22:29:27 PT)

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Guns For Sale - Enfield -- No. 1 Mk3 SMLE 1917

There's a lot of these old classics around but not many nice ones. This one is very nice, not the typical tomato stakes generally available. The rifle is 100% matching and not import marked. The rear sight ladder was replaced at the arsenal with one from another gun and re-numbered to match this gun. The blue is complete and only worn through a little on the sharp edges. There is no rust or pitting anywhere, none. The bore is shiny and sharp. The action is smooth and tight. the clip is starting to turn brown and is un-numbered but is a correct WWI type. The 90 year old wood is nice looking but dry, a little oil would do wonders. There is an easily repairable crack in the lower stock but it's all there, nothing missing. The stock has a couple of arsenal repairs. The receiver is marked with a crown over the letters CR and ENFIELD 1917. It doesn't appear that this rifle saw the trenches or was shot much. The brass butt plate has the typical walking stick dents. This rifle looks nice as is but it would also make a geat subject for a complete restoration. If you're looking for a nice WWI Enfield all correct and original with no issues you'll be pleased with this one.

There's a lot of these old classics around but not many nice ones. This one is very nice, not the typical tomato stakes generally available. The rifle is 100

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    Q:  Nice SMLE. However, the bolt doesn't look original to the gun. That particular design of bolt was not used on the No 1 Mk III SMLE till the 40's. The rifle may have been updated via the British Armory through what is called "FTR" or "Fixed Through Repair." If that is the case, it is usually stamped "FTR" on the reciever. During this process, any major parts such as barrel, reciever, or bolt would have been stamped with a new serial number. The new serial number would have gone on all the major parts. Due to the excellent condition of the stock - it is also more than likely a replacement. Still - nice looking example of a "Smelly" Hexfan 12/07/2007
        A:  Dear Hexfan, Thanks for your nice email, it's nice to hear from someone who appreciates the old Enfields as I do. There's too many K98 snobs out there. I got this rifle from an old English gentleman about 30 years ago. He was in the home guard in WWII. He said it was given to him by the government. I suspect that means they didn't want to issue it to regular troops. He took it with him when he immigrated to this country in the late 40's. I'm pretty sure it looked like this when he got it. He shot 3 rounds through it when he joined the guard, no Germans but a couple of stray cats worth in this country. I don't see a 'FTR' stamped on it anywhere. I'm guessing the last time this Enfield saw the arsenal was a long time before 1940. The stock looks original. The pictures may be a little kind to it. The wood looks old and dry. The serial numbers are faint but clear and match the metal. He said the unit disk was missing when he got the gun. I don't think they put those on WWII stocks or plugged them. I'm sending some pictures of the bolt. I hope that will help. I'd be surprised if it's not the original. I'm sure it is. It looks like the same drunk stamped all the numbers. I also have a No.4 Mk 1 with crossed flags on the bolt. If you know what they mean or anything else you can tell me about the No.1 I have for sale, I would appreciate knowing. This old Smelly is by no means new in the box, it's 90 years old, but it is a really nice SMLE and I'm almost certain it's original and unaltered since around the end of WWI. Thanks, Bob 12/08/2007
    Q:  As I understand: The forestock is numbered to match in the wood at the rear of the nose cap, except for the usual tiny inspector marks on various parts, and barrel proof marks there are no other marks on metal or wood. Am I correct? Also what is the date as found on the rear top of the barrel?(usually the last two digits of the year) Thank you, Begor 12/10/2007
        A:  Hi Begor, Yes, you are correct. The forestock is numbered to match the rifle. I'm sending you some pictures. I hope they will answer your questions. If you need more, let me know. If anyone else wants pictures, email me. Bob 12/10/2007
    Q:  In picture #1, why does the unit marking disc area on the butt stock appear as a black square? Thanks, Begor 12/10/2007
        A:  Hi, I don't know why it appears square on your computer. It's round on the gun and looks round on my computer. Bob 12/10/2007