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    Looking at the butt-plate on this old girl I see a 'TAS' marking on the butt-plate tang near the serial. I can't remember in Ian Skennertonicon's book if he had any numbers on MLE's sent to TAS, but I imagine it can't be many. Would there be any markings on the action anywhere to correspond with this?

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    On SMLE's you find MD 'Military District' marks but possibly MLE's predate those. As for numbers, government or military archives are your best bet. In those early days NZicon had Northern, Central and Southern districts and the numbers of rifles for each district are know to an extent but the rifles them selves were not marked, save for some regimental ID disks. Very few of which have survived from pre-ww1.
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    Yeah I have SMLE's with the 1, 2, 3, etc MD markings, and even an old 1908 SHtLE with 'VIC' marked on the reciever, so I am assuming that is how they were marked before. I never thought that the gov and/or military would have any leftover info on anything that goes back this far, but I have always been curious. Would you have any suggestions on who to specifically contact, or maybe should I just start looking and see where it leads? Thanks just the same.

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    Here in NZicon there are audits of arms detailing how many arms of each type and the amount of ammunition available in the NZ archives.
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    Was that only for firearms owned or leased by the government, or for all firearms that were registered and owned by the public if you don't mind me asking.

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    I believe it was for government arms only. The NZicon police has records of civilian arms ownership since the compulsory registration of MSSA, Pistols and Collector arms in the 90's
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    Very cool. I wonder if my govt would release any kinds of info on this kind of thing for me to track this rifle back to Tas, or even just to find when it was imported. Thanks Roy.


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