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  1. Yours is a Navy Arms import also. Released...

    Yours is a Navy Arms import also. Released directly from the disposals unit in Donnington to importer Val Forgett in the early 90's. I was able to examine a batch he and his crew brought down to the...
  2. I have an identical pistol, sn. 2T4972, also out...

    I have an identical pistol, sn. 2T4972, also out of British service, matching serials throughout and marked with the "DE" FTR 63. This one is also engraved with the mysterious "AF" on the right side...
  3. British issue. As already stated: FTR in 1962 at...

    British issue. As already stated: FTR in 1962 at Enfield. It should sport the phosphate with baked Suncorite paint finish. Original Canadian No.2 pistols are phosphate, (Parkerized), finish.
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    Maybe March 1970? Just a wild *** guess.

    Maybe March 1970?

    Just a wild *** guess.
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    The new Sterling book is available from Pen and...

    The new Sterling book is available from Pen and Sword Books: Military History and Nostalgia Book Publishers. If you ask them, they can probably tell you who is stocking them here in the USA. The...
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    I'd guess it's how they positioned it on the...

    I'd guess it's how they positioned it on the bench. Whack! Then on to the next one. Pre 1968 country of origin stamp.
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    My advice would be to repair the original and...

    My advice would be to repair the original and forget the reproductions. Just my two cents!
  8. Thread: Lyman Scope

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    It has no relation whatsoever to an original Long...

    It has no relation whatsoever to an original Long Branch built No.4Mk.1*T. The bracket is definitely British and appears original. I've seen M1D sniper rifles built in Italy during their time in...
  9. Thread: Lyman Scope

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    It's a commercial Lyman Alaskan sleeved, (7/8" up...

    It's a commercial Lyman Alaskan sleeved, (7/8" up to 1"), into a No.32 bracket which appears to be original. The scope is not from a C No.4 Mk.1* (TP) rifle. The Canadian contract telescopes had...
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    We had the M203 clamped and wired to the M16A1....

    We had the M203 clamped and wired to the M16A1. An Airborne Armorer's nightmare as every time the guys jumped them, they came loose. The M4 cured all of that. Even better, the HK 40mm on the British...
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    Singer B, Maybe you ought to send me an...

    Singer B,

    Maybe you ought to send me an email.

    Brian
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    Guessing that the two groove rimfire barrels are...

    Guessing that the two groove rimfire barrels are exclusive to the RFI No.2Mk.IV* trainers. I had a very nice one several years ago that now resides in a collection in Nebraska. I was also intrigued...
  13. Remember that the DG or DT clear ammonia is not...

    Remember that the DG or DT clear ammonia is not industrial grade. It's really quite mild as ammonia goes. Obviously, make sure you wear gloves in a well-ventilated area. If your wood is really bad,...
  14. I've put this out there before. Here it is again....

    I've put this out there before. Here it is again. Try Dollar General or Dollar Tree clear ammonia. I learned it from a guy in Florida who specialized in restoring antique rifles when I was a kid. I...
  15. I'm installing a fresh FTR Mk.2(W) telescope back...

    I'm installing a fresh FTR Mk.2(W) telescope back on one restored here over the past year today. It started as a butchered, chopped barrel, bag of parts. At least it had a matching bolt! I'll be...
  16. Yep, that's Bren. If you want to eliminate...

    Yep, that's Bren.

    If you want to eliminate confusion, order one of Skennerton's Small Arms ID Series booklets on the No.4. (SAIS #2). They are cheap and have the real British Illustrated Parts...
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    The markings on the body aren't even close to the...

    The markings on the body aren't even close to the markings on an original. It's a faked No.4Mk.1* body.
  18. I'm curious if the split dovetails that are...

    I'm curious if the split dovetails that are 3/32nds are Bren front sight blades? Do you have a picture to share?
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    Possibly a restocked sporter? Many imported pre...

    Possibly a restocked sporter? Many imported pre '68 were butchered. Surplused in England with British commercial proofs on the barrel. Is that remnants of Suncorite on the metal or an attempt at cold...
  20. The military specification was 3" groups at 100...

    The military specification was 3" groups at 100 yards. As I said, A well maintained rifle with a straight and properly fitted forend will shoot 2" groups with good quality ball ammo. At least, that's...
  21. Maple Leaf Eh, Your rifle needs a servicing/tune...

    Maple Leaf Eh, Your rifle needs a servicing/tune up to spec as they all did and still do. I've done more than I can count in the past 20+ years and you can't just leave them alone with loose screws...
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    Interesting, I never knew that the C5A was...

    Interesting, I never knew that the C5A was trialed for jumping. The C17 must have been designed specifically for that purpose as well as other purposes. Unlike the C130 which you actually had to jump...
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    It's a USAF C17. I see American flags on the...

    It's a USAF C17. I see American flags on the shoulders of the crew and other US advisors in there. Big roomy bird. Lots of room to rig for a jump on an overseas flight. Unlike the old C130 and C141. ...
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    Wow, to think we used to clear out a C130 or C141...

    Wow, to think we used to clear out a C130 or C141 in about 11-12 seconds. Good thing the DZ is the desert. They must have been strung out pretty good. I can't get over the roomy cargo hold of the...
  25. You ought to see my bench Rog. Ugh!

    You ought to see my bench Rog. Ugh!
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