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    SMLE Mark I and I* s/n assistance

    Greetings All

    I would like to confirm factory letter prefixes and suffixes for the early SMLE’s. Below is a list comprised of Stratton, Skennertonicon, and my observations. Many rifles were re-serial numbered over time, I am just looking for factory numbers. If anyone has a correction please let me know.

    Thanks in advance

    Lance

    SMLE Mark I

    Enfield (none),A-J
    BSA S,T
    LSA K
    Sparkbrook O, P

    SMLE Mark I*

    Enfield X, Y
    BSA S, T
    LSA K
    BSA/Spark Q

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    I can confirm :
    LSA K
    BSA/Spark Q
    Enfield (none)
    I do have a .22 RF Pattern 1914 SR No.1 made with a ShtLE Mk I action that was scrubbed from it's original cypher (if it ever had any) and it has a M prefix serial number.
    I'm guessing that one might have never had a serial number before being converted by A.G. Parker and it was allocated to it during that period...?...
    On a side note, that action also has EFD inspection markings. So another guess is it was initially fabricated by EFD

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    LSA 1* none
    BSA 1* B
    Enfield 1* Q

    These are Long Lees not the short Mk1 or 1*

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    LSA SMLE 1* None

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    ConD 11* 1907 Enfield

    Do not know if these photos will be important or not, but show a Cond 11* with early sights and a early tang butt plate. There was some thought that this might have been a left over Mark 1 action body built up around 1907 ?

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    1904 LSA MkI K
    1906 Enfield MkI* Q
    1907 Enfield MkI* X

    All were later converted to MkI** or MkI***. The factory number was ground off my unconverted MkI*.

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    Lance, I have a 1905 Enfield SMLE Mk I* with K prefix.

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    Hi Lance, I hope this might be of use.
    1906 Enfield Sht LE 1* #****T
    1904 B.S.A.&Co 1*** #S*****
    1901 B.S.A.&Co LE1* #A***** now barred out & now converted to .22 Patt '14 No1 #****N
    LSA.Co Ltd 1897 LE1 #****B now barred out. LH butt socket marked Enfield 1904 Sht LE Cond 11** #****A it also carries the letter N to show it was Navy issue.

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    1906 BSA/Sparkbrook MkI*:
    83**Q


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