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    It looks like a wire breaker to me. The strand of...

    It looks like a wire breaker to me. The strand of barbed wire is 'trapped' in the two 'horns' that hold it directly in front of the muzzle. A live round is then fired, thus shearing the wire. It...
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    Looks as though 'new' CR numbers were in the main...

    Looks as though 'new' CR numbers were in the main allocated, most likely when the parts went from 303 No4 to 7.62mm L42A1. At least, both the cursor & leaf have different numbers.....
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    I'm afraid I don't have a list of the various CR...

    I'm afraid I don't have a list of the various CR numbers Giancarlo, & I cannot explain the discrepancy in the CR number on the sight leaf in your photo's. Maybe it is a number for the sight assembly...
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    The CR number was a number allocated to pieces of...

    The CR number was a number allocated to pieces of equipment/parts by the Ministry of Supply. You tend to see them on post-WW2 parts. The sight looks satisfactory to me. The cursor has been modified...
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    Although 100,000 is a modest number in terms of...

    Although 100,000 is a modest number in terms of military production, it is still large enough, I would have thought, for the conversions to have been officially authorized. Only my best guess...
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    I hadn't realized we only made 100,000 0f...

    I hadn't realized we only made 100,000 0f them........I definitely have one, possibly a couple. I'll look after them better now!
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    Wow! Where are my smelling salts?!:yikes:

    Wow! Where are my smelling salts?!:yikes:
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    I sold one of the Irish contract examples...

    I sold one of the Irish contract examples yesterday at the Motorcycle Museum arms fair for 1k. I was happy at that & so was the buyer. Suppose I could have hung out for a little more, but I made a...
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    And the woodwork appears to be beech. To the best...

    And the woodwork appears to be beech. To the best of my knowledge Savage only used their characteristically stained birch on their No4's (& allegedly some walnut on early rifles, though I've not come...
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    It might have been yours that I was thinking...

    It might have been yours that I was thinking about Lance!;)

    And yes, DD, mine is a LSA 1917 example. In fact it is a very clean barreled action, one of a number that I have acquired over the years...
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    I have a WW1 era SMLE that has a 'O' prefix, &...

    I have a WW1 era SMLE that has a 'O' prefix, & whilst I cannot be 100% I'm pretty sure I've heard of at least one 'O' prefix 44 BSA 4T, although I agree it's potentially confusing.
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    Sorry Alan. Yes, I should have been more...

    Sorry Alan. Yes, I should have been more specific. I think after the first run Maltby did use a letter prefix, & of course, the serials started with a '1'.
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    I may be wildly wrong Giove, but I think what...

    I may be wildly wrong Giove, but I think what could be a letter L is in fact a 1.
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    Ok, there is nothing missing as far as we can...

    Ok, there is nothing missing as far as we can tell from the views we have. My best guess is that the second (T shaped) shoe that has the spring set in the bottom of it is seized, or the spring for it...
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    If you carefully unscrew the four little 8 BA...

    If you carefully unscrew the four little 8 BA screws at the corners of the square index plate that the drums sits on it should lift out, but take it very carefully - it may be a little stiff if it...
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    Yes, it is a lovely rifle, but I suspect a post...

    Yes, it is a lovely rifle, but I suspect a post service non-military assembly. I'm not convinced the body has never had a serial on it - there are traces of largely obliterated markings on the LHS of...
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    Peter is the one to give you the definitive...

    Peter is the one to give you the definitive answer on this, but I'll try & help a little until/in case he doesn't come along. There are several possibilities. From what you say it appears that the...
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    Here's one for you then Jim. A selection of...

    Here's one for you then Jim. A selection of ground dug stuff. Before anyone panics the rust & dirt encrusted No5 grenade is empty.....!

    Anyone notice anything slightly unusual about the other No5...
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    I think the sectioned Mills is a No23 Mk1. It's...

    I think the sectioned Mills is a No23 Mk1. It's essentially a No5 with the base plug beefed up to take a grenade launching rod. The No23 Mk2 is also virtually the same but the base plugs are a little...
  20. Mick, out of curiosity, is your 1949 dated...

    Mick, out of curiosity, is your 1949 dated example ink stamped onto the webbing or stamped into the brass ends?
  21. I know a fat lot about slings, but look out for...

    I know a fat lot about slings, but look out for WW1 examples from time to time for my own rifles. Does anyone know what the situation was for the location of maker & date marking? All WW1 examples...
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    Just had a closer look at the drum & it looks to...

    Just had a closer look at the drum & it looks to me like the letters are no deeper than the thickness of the black paint. Could someone have stripped the paint off, applied stencils, repainted & then...
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    This is one of those enigmas that we could...

    This is one of those enigmas that we could discuss until the cows come home & still not really know who did it - unless the fellow that did or one of his mates decides to chime in! I don't think the...
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    Yes, I would think it most likely the work of a...

    Yes, I would think it most likely the work of a private owner. Neat job all the same!
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    Agreed, & of course, many Britons also felt...

    Agreed, & of course, many Britons also felt bitter about British leadership failure at Singapore.
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