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    Collecting Lee Enfield No.4/Sten Mk V Foresight Protectors

    Started yet another Enfield collection to educate and entertain myself. Lee Enfield No. 4/Sten Mk V foresight protectors. I have located most of the known examples and would like input on the “unknowns” and any others I have missed. Some of the rare ones I had to remove from rifles in my collection.

    In no particular order:

    Enfield: (Mk VI and Trials, markings on back)
    Singer: SM41 (waisted), SM41, SM42, SM43, N67
    BSA Shirley: M/47, B
    Trafalgar Engineering Co. Ltd.: S113 (in a box), TE over C (in a circle)
    Sheffield Steel Products Ltd: S.S.P, SSP (in an oval)
    G.S. Masscalls & Sons, Standard Works: S232 (markings on back)
    Nash Engineering (Staines) Ltd: S87, NE (markings in a circle on back)
    Britishicon Salmson Engines Lts: S21 (markings in an oval on back)
    United Motor Ltd.: S117 (in a tiny circle)
    Fazakerley: F over 13, FY over 69 (two examples), F, F59
    LongBranch: LB (waisted), LB
    Savage: S
    Pakistan: P58, P (in a circle)
    The Unknowns: V (with a dot), V (no dot), W, and blank

    The Fazakerly F59? I do not know about, first I thought it was a poorly struck Pakistan, but the markings are clear. Second, obviously, I still looking for the P in a circle!!

    Some markings, as noted, are located on the back of the protector so you might need to remove yours to see what you have.
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    Fascinating collection there, Lance. Some years ago I bought a job lot of Lee Enfield spares, & amongst them were several examples of the most crudely fabricated examples of No4 fore sight protectors that I have ever seen. I've never seen any anywhere else. They roughly resemble the fabricated Savage variant, but are not the same, & are much rougher. I had several, but I think I've given away as curiosities all but one, qv. There are no discernible markings on it, nor was there on any of the others, & I have no idea from where it originated. Maybe someone has a bag full of them & can enlighten us??
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    Greetings Roger. Nice protector, she screams Khyber Pass to me, but who knows.

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    Yes, I wondered about that, too. Just odd that it came along mixed in with the standard types.
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    Better than beer coasters or disposable matchbooks.

    Have you got one of the pressed jobs where the bottom welds are fully filled in and ground flush?
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    Some of the codes are very difficult to read because the markings are so feint. I have one spare protector with a code that could be M727 or M127 or M722 or M122 ? I have tried to cross reference all the possibilities with Ian Skennertonicon's book of WW2 Small Arms but that hasn't helped identify either.


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