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    OP - might want to find yourself a book like "Lee Enfield No.4 and No. 5 Rifles" by Charles Stratton. I have no clue what level of authority he is. Page 64 is a table showing a listing of the nine variations of rear sights that were used, according to him, by the 6 major manufacturers, for which years, of the No. 4 rifles. For example, as per that table, the "Mk.1" rear sight was used by Maltby during 1941 and 1942, then again from 1946 to 1955. Purely conjecture on my part, but if you considered how a rifle might be used in a serious close quarters fight, would expect that a rear sight assembly would be a part that had to get changed out fairly regularly?? So, I presume the armourers would have used whatever was "approved" and available, when they put the thing back fit for duty?
    This all ignores that whatever parts might have been used by an owner at a kitchen table or basement workshop, after the rifle was sold out of service - likely 60 or more years ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJCee73 View Post
    Auctioneer just called me says when I picked up the No4 I didn't get all the pieces that were supposed to go with auction. It was supposed to come with a rear sight. He sent me a picture and it is a Mk 1 sight with an F on the top left which leads me to believe it was manufactured at Fazakerley. Should I leave the Mk 2 300/600 L sight on or put the Mk 1 sight on the gun? All in all a great surprise from the auctioneer!

    The Mk1 sight is far superior (and will let you be more accurate), even if you don't want it you could sell it on ebay for $40 - $50 ?
    Mine are not the best, but they are not too bad. I can think of lots of Enfields I'd rather have but instead of constantly striving for more, sometimes it's good to be satisfied with what one has...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan de Enfield View Post
    The Mk1 sight is far superior (and will let you be more accurate), even if you don't want it you could sell it on ebay for $40 - $50 ?
    Thanks Alan that's where I was leaning towards was using it due to better accuracy! 👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan de Enfield View Post
    The Mk1 sight is far superior (and will let you be more accurate
    I'd use the earlier sight as well.
    Regards, Jim

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