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    British Pattern 1914 rifle converted to .303/7.92mm RIMLESS caliber

    I am aware of several Pattern 1914 rifles converted to a test cartridge, .303/7.92mm RIMLESS cartridge.

    This rifle is additionally interesting in that it was previously owned by Canadian John A. Belton who wrote about the rifle in the very first issue of the Canadian Journal of Arms Collecting, February 1963. The title was, "Two Experimental Pattern-14 Enfield Riflesicon of Note." The second rifle was fitted with a muzzle break and converted to a high velocity wild cat round by experimenter C. C. Meredth of Ontario Canadaicon.



    Belton was a well known Canadian cartridge collector and cartridge collecting editor of the Canadian Journal of Arms Collecting.



    This ends the study of US Enfields and all will be returned to extended storage. I did not include arms with National Chinese, Chinese and a rifle with MkII replacement Britishicon manufactured stock. Is there interest?
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    Definitely interest, I do appreciate you sharing these fantastic rifles!

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    I second eaglelords comments.

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    Your posts are definitely the best what has happened in this forum section for the last decade! Please share whatever you are willing to share!

    This was the receiver marking of the rifle that Poulin sold last fall:


    Are you aware of how this cartridge looks like? A 8x57 cartridge body retracted (is this the correct term? Sorry, not a native speaker) to for a .303 Britishicon bullet?

    Skennertonicon mentions these rifles were made for a trials in 1937.

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    Absolutely!! Yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Promo View Post
    Are you aware of how this cartridge looks like?
    Is this the monster?
    Regards, Jim

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    Somewhere I read that the 8mm experimentation was done to develop a round for the coax tank machine gun. Some Britishicon tanks in WWII used 8mm (7.92 x 57) mauser cartridges. Or so I have read and been told.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melanie_Daniels View Post
    Besa machine gun
    Now there's a gun...I operated one a while back, they were made from a solid block milled out. Very, very solid gun.
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    Having bought the rifle from the estate of Faris and now having it finally in Hand I did not only notice that my rifle has a shortened barrel, but also that the stock had been set back a bit. Can you confirm your rifle is still in the original and full length?

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