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    Thanks Giancarlo. Derrrrr........I never even...

    Thanks Giancarlo. Derrrrr........I never even noticed that the numbers on the cradle cap are in fact the rifle serial number! Although I am pretty sure it cannot be 'original' from the limited views...
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    Managed to grab a quick look. Of course, as...

    Managed to grab a quick look. Of course, as mentioned above, how can we always be certain something wasn't switched over many years ago, especially if carried out by an armourer, or a civvy who knew...
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    Yes, but how original is 'original'? Peter might...

    Yes, but how original is 'original'? Peter might not even have considered the butt plate worth mentioning.

    I have a small quantity of original 4T butts in a drawer in the garage. I think some...
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    Hi giove. Can you get some more photo's of the...

    Hi giove. Can you get some more photo's of the body pad area without the scope & bracket? First impression is that it is wrong. The scope & bracket look fine, & it is certainly a 1943 Maltby rifle,...
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    Entirely your choice, but every BSA 1944 4T that...

    Entirely your choice, but every BSA 1944 4T that I can remember coming across in unadulterated condition actually had a mazak butt plate on it, so it might be worth keeping & may well be the 'factory...
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    She looks great. Well done..........another...

    She looks great. Well done..........another classic rifle dragged back from the precipice & restored to her former glory!
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    I have little doubt that both yours Alan, & 5th...

    I have little doubt that both yours Alan, & 5th Batt's are genuine. There are various things to consider, not just the maker's mark or the broad arrow. It is very difficult to convincingly fake...
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    Yes, I noticed that when I bought them Alan, but...

    Yes, I noticed that when I bought them Alan, but whilst it is supportive of them being 'wrong' I've seen plenty of indisputably original kit with appallingly stamped broad arrows, Enfield examiner's...
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    Here are my two, as mentioned above. I took a...

    Here are my two, as mentioned above. I took a speculative punt with a chap known to me at a French arms fair on the Somme fifteen or so years ago, but went into it knowing all the possibilities. It...
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    I honestly don't know if it is original (mine)...

    I honestly don't know if it is original (mine) but 5th Batt's looks to be, at least to me. It's very late here now & way past my bedtime, but I'll get a couple of photo's of one of mine tomorrow......
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    That's a pity........although the 'M Myers & Son'...

    That's a pity........although the 'M Myers & Son' has been individually hand stamped, which is a bit of a warning........mass produced items would have had the markings rolled on in all likelihood.
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  12. Oh, I don't know...........his handwriting looks...

    Oh, I don't know...........his handwriting looks far too legible for him to be a medic!;)
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    The near rifle looks to have had a neat patch...

    The near rifle looks to have had a neat patch over the site of the volley sight plate (the machining for the rear volley 'arm' is still evident). I suspect it may just have been a unit that had flaps...
  14. I have three cases with the names of individuals...

    I have three cases with the names of individuals on them, & a couple more that just bear a unit marking (26th Bn RF & 2nd Bn Coldstreams). However, I only believe that one of the three names may date...
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    Great find.:dancingbanana:

    Great find.:dancingbanana:
  16. Last night Alain sent me the enclosed photo -...

    Last night Alain sent me the enclosed photo - found with the Bren. It's covered in concretion, but what do you think? Royal West Kents???
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    Yes, I remember hearing the late professor Richard Holmes referring to that part of Northern France, Belgium & the Netherlands as 'The Cockpit of Europe'; fought over so many times across the...
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    I've had a few UK pattern No7's go through my...

    I've had a few UK pattern No7's go through my hands over the years, & as far as I recall, all, or certainly all that looked to be unmessedabout with, bore gunmetal (brass) butt plates. I was always...
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    Yes, I suppose the flash eliminator assembly being stainless steel has helped.
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    I nearly posted a question asking if this rifle...

    I nearly posted a question asking if this rifle had been to Germany before it went to the US. An outfit called Wagner, based in Trier????

    Nice rifle.
  21. Somme battlefield finds.......with a difference.

    I thought some people might find this a mildly interesting aside. One of my best pals works in the Somme battlefield museum in the little town of Albert. As we all know the ground is still full of...
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    It was. Peter pointed out this little feature to...

    It was. Peter pointed out this little feature to me more years ago than I care to remember....!

    It's a Faz made in August 1944. I presume the markings are on the receiver side wall below the rear...
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    This rifle is exactly as I acquired it in 1997....

    This rifle is exactly as I acquired it in 1997. You can see I've not rushed to refit the cheekpiece, rear sight, & tap the foresight block back a little & fit the waited foresight protector as yet! I...
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    If it's any help I've got a 41 Maltby T with...

    If it's any help I've got a 41 Maltby T with green splodge cammo paint on it. I presume it is genuine service done & I can upload a photo of it if you would like.

    I gather there's a lot of...
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    Ènclosed a few pictures of the rifles I bought. I pulled a couple out randomly to get a photo. I'm not sure if the final digits of the 1938 rifle are hand stamped - if so they have been well done....
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