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    The really rare though is that India was rebuilding everything during WW I so that a LEC was still in service and escaped is amazing. They stopped their "IP' conversion in the early '20's which is the only reason I think this one survived. I will have to dig her out to see if the barrel was HV or HV/SC marked.
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    Gorgeous Lance!

    That puts it in the time frame that we might see those changes. This could get interesting!

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    Any results on the "HV" marking?

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    Sorry about that, surprisingly no HV markings! I did forget to check the ramp profile to my other carbines along with the rear sight calibration. I Will let you know today.

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    Interesting. The rear sight base and sight remains set up as original. Why this is I have no clue. Rear sight is m/m but has been on the rifle most likely since its rebuild.

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    Hey guys I have undated Lithgowicon but the serial number is in the 3500 region (1914) era that was sent to India and went through ftr in 1932 at the factory it was rebarreled and has all matching serial number to the original Lithgow serial it has been refurbished with Indian parts. My theory is it was picked up by an Indian in ww1 as they served with the Aussies then and bought back to Indian it still has the Lithgow shield on the receiver which is also strange .the stock is also number tot he rifle as well . No volley sights and sighted for mk vii ammo . I will did it out of hibernation a post some picks .

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    Quote Originally Posted by smerdon42 View Post
    Hey guys I have undated Lithgowicon but the serial number is in the 3500 region (1914)

    The Lithgow accounting year was June to July.
    Up to End June 1913 Lithgow produced 40 rifles.
    From July 1913 to June 1914 Lithgow produced 4,760 rifles.

    That would suggest that your rifle No 3500 was made (probably) Q1 / early Q2 1914
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    Alan I have a1913 serial number 160 then the 1914 is in 3500 group another is 5669 and then I have a 10000 series numbered 14 as well I will have to pull them all out to look a t serials again . The 13 shoots really well and is still sighted for mkvi ammo serial 5669 ended up in Britishicon army for ww2 the back to Australiaicon the 10000 series was in Aussie service but ended up being sent to Austrian police post ww2. It’s crazy how some rifles where reserialed with the original number in other countries


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