Do you have a 1950 Long Branch?
If you have a 1950 dated Long Branch, I need some information please:
1. what are the first 3 digets of the serial #? eg.) 91L6
2. Is the action blued or parkerized?
3. what is the barrel date? ( 2 digets found on the knox-form) eg.) '50
4. is the barrel parkerized or blued?
5. is the bolt parkerized or blued?
6. is the striker parkerized or blued?
Thank You for your help.
I'm trying to pin down when LB switched to parkerizing from bluing.
I've been telling people for years that they switched early in 1950, but have come across info indicating a later date of change-over.
Unfortunately my sample is quite small, so I'm appealing to everyone for info.
*91L0013, 1949 all blued*
*91L0387, 1949 ~ Skennerton LB serial survey
*91L250x, 1949 all blued*
*91L3247, 1949 all blued* Wayne.SK
*91L3847, 1949 ~ Skennerton LB serial survey
*91L5133, 1949 ~ LB serial survey
*91L6, blued, 49, blued, blued, blued*
BA57*** (renumbered but) blued, barrel 50, blued, blued, blued
91L60xx, Action blued, Barrel date '50, Barrel blued, Bolt blued, Striker blued
91L6418, 1950 Wayne.SK
91L6, blued, '50, blued, blued, blued
91L66XX ~ 1950 LB serial survey
91L7, blued, '50, blued, blued, blued
91L8, blued, '50, blued, blued, blued
91L9018, 1950 Skennerton LB serial survey
92L0, blued, '50, blued, blued, blued (3x)
93L0, Blued, ?, ?, ?, ?
93L1, parked, ?, ?, ?, ?
93L16, blued, '50, blued, blued, blued
93L2, blued, '50, blued, blued, blued (x2)
93L4, blued, '50, blued, blued, blued (x2)
93L45, parked, ?, parked, parked, parked
93L52, parked, '50, parked, blued, parked
93L67, parked, '50, parked, blued, parked
93L6, parked, ?, parked, parked, blued
93Lx, Blued, ?, ?, ?, ?
94L0, parked, ?, parked, parked, blued
94L0, parked, ?, parked, parked, parked
94L0, park, '50, park, park, park
94L3, parked, '50, parked, blued, parked
94L5, blued, '50, parked, blued, blued
94L8, parked, '51, parked, blued, blued
94L9, parked, '51, parked, parked, parked
95L1, parked, ?, parked, parked, parked
95L1, parked, '51, parked, parked, parked
95L4, parked, ?, parked, parked, parked (1 of 10 consecutive from sealed case)
95L4, parked, ?, ?, ?, ?
95L75, parked, ?, parked, parked, parked
95L78, parked, '51, parked, parked, parked
95L8, parked, ?, parked, parked, parked
95L8, parked, 50, parked, parked, parked
95L9, parked, '51, parked, parked, parked
95Lx, parked, '51, parked, blued, blued
96L00xx, parked, ?, parked, parked, parked
96L0012, parked, '51, parked, parked, parked
96L0013 ~ highest # seen (can no longer find photo 8.06.09)
If you don't want to post openly, you could PM me.
Thanks to everyone who's helped
added info to CGN message 73
2.23.12 added 2x 1950 serials and 4x 1949 serials
Last edited by Lee Enfield; 02-22-2012 at 03:10 PM.
Reason: add info to Feb 5/07
12-08-2006 11:25 AM
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Hi,here is a pic of my 1950.It is like new.Still has the DND storage tag.All parkerized except for the front site protector and mag.serial # 94L0
All parts are CA Canadian arsenal marked.
I haven't had a chance to build a Knowledge Library entry for this one yet, but here's the 1950 that is in ~Angel~'s collection.
"All Matching Serial Numbers (un-issued rifle)"
1950 C No.4 Mk1* Longbranch Rifle (.303) Serial # 95L1983
Hope this helps....
Originally Posted by Lee Enfield
For some reason I can't edit the original post??
Last edited by Lee Enfield; 12-13-2006 at 03:16 PM.
Need more info in the 91Lx to 93L9 range!
Unless someone finds a blued receiver in the 94L0-95L9 ranges, or finds a receiver OVER 95L9, ie) 96L0!
Actually we are answering another question here, "how high do the 1950 serials go?" So far our survey shows @39,000 rifles dated 1950.
Which raises yet another question: Do any 1951-56 dated LB receivers follow the serial sequence or are they all "replacement receivers"?
Last edited by Lee Enfield; 12-11-2006 at 12:21 PM.
Shey should be all replacement receivers, though I am unsure if they would re-use the original serial, or just assign the nex number in the 95L block. It's been so long since I've seen one that I don't recall what the serial numbers looked like!
Союз нерушимый республик свободных Сплотила навеки Великая Русь. Да здравствует созданный волей народов Единый, могучий Советский Союз!
94L5; receiver blued; 50; barrel Parked; bolt blued; striker blued. Rifle was used for DCRA target shooting; previously owned by 2 prominent DCRA members.
Originally Posted by tiriaq
Does the receiver have a greenish tinge? If so I would suggest that it was actually parkerized.
However, bluing would fit right in with my understanding that the componants were tossed in a bin, and as they got low, the bottom ones were accessed. Then it was refilled with fresh receivers.
Supposedly the final operation of the finished gun was the serial numbering process.
This is the reason that Winchester lever actions often show patent markings out of sequence between barrel, receiver & serial numbers.
No, it doesn't have a greenish tinge. But it isn't a semi shiney blue either. I could try emailing you photos, but sometimes true colour is hard to capture. When I took off the handguard to check the barrel date, the barrel finish is blue/black in colour, but has a matte crystalline appearance, which is why I listed Park. This rifle was actually used for target shooting, so would have been cleaned, wiped down, etc. I'll remove the stock, and see what the receiver looks like in protected areas. Came in a fitted case though, so it is in nice condition. It was previously owned by CSM H Rusk, and Col. John C. Brick. I have no doubt that rifles were assembled from parts from bins, rather than being set up from parts newly manufactured at the same time.
OK, I removed the wood to see the protected portion of the receiver. It is not an even blue, but is a rather different finish than the barrel. PM your email address, and I'll send photos. I'm on dialup, and posting photos through a host site is painfully slow.
Last edited by tiriaq; 12-11-2006 at 06:00 PM.
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