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    1917 enfield stock questions

    So I recently found a 1917 enfield stock which I believe to be from a VFW ceremonial gun, because it still has trace amounts of varnish and is stamped on the butt of the stock V.F.W. also it has a few other stamps in various locations.
    Anyways to the point, the end of the stock has no manufactor stamp, and the stock sticks out a good bit from the far Barrel band. Have any of you seen this before? Especially the part of the stock sticking out so far. Thanks!

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    If there is no marks on the front nose of the stock "W" , "E" or "R", it could be a WWII Replacement from that WWII rebuild programs. Some commercial stocks were manufactured post WWII for civilian customers which is unlikely to be yours.

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    Post WWI M1917 stocks are manufactured with extra material. They were designed to be hand fitted to the barreled action by an armorer. Obviously this one wasn't. There are some pressure points for the barrel that need to be correct when setting up a M1917 or a P14 for correct accuracy. When that was achieved the excess material was supposed to be trimmed off.

    The Britishicon also manufactured some M1917 looking stocks for their P14 rifles in 1938 & 1939 when they were doing their "Weedon" referbs. Chances of this being one of those are very slim however.



    There is also the possibility that it is a commercial reproduction that the rifle was just dropped into to make it work for parades and funerals. - Bill

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