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    Hope you're soon back in the best of health Mick. You might regard the loft ladders as the ultimate objective of your rehabilitative physiotherapy programme!

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    The Britishicon broad arrow on the barrel and South African mark on the action indicate transfer from British to South African ownership. Possibly as part of the purchase after WWI.

    The police marked their rifles with SAP on the butt, IIRC.

    The 42 and 46 I'll leave to the experts. Probably rebarreled with a 42 barrel in 46?
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    So it was initially a Britishicon rifle and at some point it was transferred to the South African military, thatís for sure.
    I just wonder when it was sent over there, inter-war or post WW2, I guess weíll never know



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    Daan will know better, but I could hazard a guess that XSAW is a sold-out-of-service mark and stands for: Ex Suid Afrikaanse Weermag [Ex South African Army].

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    Correct Rob.

    Weermag=defence force, of which the army is part. In English SAW=SADF

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    In South Africa, as in the UKicon, DP stood for Drill Purpose. Typically found on ex-cadet rifles. NOT Durban Police. I suspect the "Durban Police" story was designed to hide a rifle's true status!

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    And the drill rifles' actions were mostly welded, and a hole in the chamber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daan Kemp View Post
    And the drill rifles' actions were mostly welded, and a hole in the chamber.
    Hi, Daan, Not in my time! And those which escaped can still mostly be fired, though some of the .303 Martinis were modified to only accept blanks. Terry

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    TerryLee, my post, thread 8 overleaf, to which you refer, post 16, was meant to be a joke!

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    Thanks, Peter, I'm most relieved!


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