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  1. Thread: Mortality

    by Terrylee
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    The mortality issue has been on my mind ever...

    The mortality issue has been on my mind ever since retirement but I intend holding onto my collection for so long as I can still enjoy it. I have a fairly sophisticated database covering every single...
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    The Bowie bayonet was issued to a few of the...

    The Bowie bayonet was issued to a few of the Natal Volunteers for use on their Swinburn Henry Carbines. It was considered as being virtually useless and only 190 were acquired. This bayonet saw use...
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    We Need a Change!

    Zulu War Martini Bayonets (TtoB)

    Pat 1853 Bushed
    Pat 1876
    Pat 1860 Bushed
    Pat 1871
    Pat 1875 (Natal Volunteers)
    Bowie (Swinburn Henry Carbine)

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    An excellent justification for not having a...

    An excellent justification for not having a clearing rod, but does that rule out an "As Issued" preference?
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    Previously posted

    Previously posted
  6. I have eleven Long Lees ranging from MLM Mk I* to...

    I have eleven Long Lees ranging from MLM Mk I* to MLE Mk I*, conditions ranging from good to excellent. In virtually all cases the present colouring of the dial sights, front and rear, matches that...
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    I have both original British clearing rods and...

    I have both original British clearing rods and Parker Hale cleaning rods. Also the appropriate LM and LE rifles. While the Parker Hale thread is incompatible, the 3/16 X 26 Whitworth works perfectly...
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    Being dated 1896 the rifle is obviously a...

    Being dated 1896 the rifle is obviously a Magazine Lee Enfield Mk I. As such the clearing rod is 17.25 inches long. Unlike the earlier rods for the Lee Metford Mk I these had to be used on a...
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    Daan, I live near you and have two originals. ...

    Daan, I live near you and have two originals. Should you wish to come and take some measurements, just send me a PM. Terry
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    The 2 indicates that while in its Martini Henry...

    The 2 indicates that while in its Martini Henry configuration the rifle was downgraded to a second class weapon. This was cancelled when it was converted to Martini Enfield. Commonly observed.
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    My shortened Martini Henry cadet rifle is in the...

    My shortened Martini Henry cadet rifle is in the original .577/.450 caliber, but by my time in the cadets virtually all these rifles had been replaced by shortened Long Lees and .303 Martini...
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    This Martini is one of the earlier shortened...

    This Martini is one of the earlier shortened South African cadet rifles. There were still a few left in our school armory when I was a cadet in the late 1950s. I attach photos of a similar one in my...
  13. During my research I do not recollect seeing...

    During my research I do not recollect seeing anything covering refurbishment programs except quite a few documents relating to the upgrading of Long Lees to SMLE configuration ...
  14. Surviving examples show that the South African...

    Surviving examples show that the South African Military was a long-time purchaser of .303 commercial barrels going right back to the era of the Magazine Lee Enfield (Long Lee). However, from about...
  15. It appears that your rifle has seen South African...

    It appears that your rifle has seen South African military service and was allocated a spare Ishapore butt in the process. Although I have not as yet found archival proof I believe that South Africa...
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    In view of the other Australian markings, I...

    In view of the other Australian markings, I suspect that the SA marking represents South Australia.
  17. The regimental markings on the three rifles...

    The regimental markings on the three rifles concerned: Royal Dragoons, Natal Light Horse & South Stafordshires.
  18. The early SMLEs in South Africa? They are around....

    The early SMLEs in South Africa? They are around. Just not particularly common. Here are three which originated locally: T to B, Mk I, Mk I* and II*. Interestingly, the Mk I* is Marked to the Natal...
  19. I have not personally researched the rifles...

    I have not personally researched the rifles issued to the Jameson Raiders, but have a certain amount of reference material in which the matter is covered, including Ron Bester's doctoral thesis. The...
  20. The Natal Government also acquired 1030 of these...

    The Natal Government also acquired 1030 of these rifles.
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    The Martini Henrys Mk IV A, B & C Patterns with...

    The Martini Henrys Mk IV A, B & C Patterns with their markings.

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    Probably depends upon an individual collector's...

    Probably depends upon an individual collector's collecting emphasis: "As originally issued" or "As eventually obsolete" !
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    My Magazine Lee Metfords Mk II take the same...

    My Magazine Lee Metfords Mk II take the same clearing rods as the MLE Rifles. Right hand thread. The MLM & MLE Carbines take a shortened version. Overall length 314 mm, Head 28mm. To make these rods...
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    Thanks, Peter, I'm most relieved!

    Thanks, Peter, I'm most relieved!
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    Hi, Daan, Not in my time! And those which escaped...

    Hi, Daan, Not in my time! And those which escaped can still mostly be fired, though some of the .303 Martinis were modified to only accept blanks. Terry
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