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    Original MLE 1896 serial number 252

    Guys, I came across a MLE 1896 serial number 252 which I have now, and was wondering if anyone knew of a serial number lower than that? I have learned that it was built by LSA and was one of 319,000 produced by 4 suppliers.


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    Love to see pics of this one anyway...while we wait?
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    serial number 252. MLE Pictures.

    Here are two, i will take a couple more too. it would be cool to know if it is a rare s/n being so low, and the approx. value. if possible
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    Beautiful old rifles these...I never had the luxury of owning one. I was looking at one with bayonet about 30 years ago and a friend snatched it up before I could buy it... What are the initials stamped on the butt?
    Regards, Jim

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    Beautiful original rifle... The initials on the stock are "M&D"-Militia and Defense.

    Dont know about prices in Canadaicon, but on the US market, you'd be looking at $2500 and higher.

    While you do have a low-ish serial number, The ones that command higher prices are serial numbers in the one and two digits.

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    Here is a tough one to beat. Very lucky s/n for some who are into that. Unfortunately, I was outbid on this beauty project over the weekend. A nice piece of history.
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    IIRC Canadaicon bought a thousand of those, so that gives some provenance for the serial number. Guessing that the low number made a letter prefix superfluous.

    Someone who knows these better will be along soon no doubt.

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    Oddest looking setup with volley sights on something that small.
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