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    You have a genuine Long Branch "T" backsight by the look of it - no one has faked the Maltese cross mark as far as we know. The rest of the rifle is a bit contradictory: it has been refinished and with some sort of black paint as well, suggesting the UKicon perhaps. The receiver looks rather rough to be a genuine Long Branch "T", considering those rifles were not selected from production by that point, but "shepherded through" production as batches specifically intended for conversion.

    You MIGHT have a genuine rifle that was reconverted to regular No.4 specs at some point, hence the missing butt(?), and then later "restored" by the addition of a genuine(?) backsight and one of the Italianicon "C67" bases. The whole assemblage does not look convincing to me, despite the oddly highlighted serial number.

    You might want to post photos of the serial number on the bolt and any other markings as well, preferably with the rear handguard removed.

    It's also possible someone gave the rifle a basement refurb and refinish, thinking they were "restoring" it when all they were doing was destroying the patina and finish that might have proved its authenticity.

    The forend has been sanded down on either side of the trigger guard to a strange and excessive degree - maybe Peter could tell us if such a forend would be considered acceptable for fitting?

    Sorry to have to say that, but no point mincing one's words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    Could you expand on that please?
    Exactly what I said. SAL manufactured a "Clone" of the Jostam pad for the sniper program.

    A good sign of something being hinky is a Jostam pad in this circumstance.

    They used a different commercial pad (not sure how exclusively) on the trials rifles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Enfield View Post
    Exactly what I said. SAL manufactured a "Clone" of the Jostam pad for the sniper program.

    They used a different commercial pad (not sure how exclusively) on the trials rifles.
    Interesting. Do we have records to confirm that?

    Do you know anything about the history of this particular rifle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    Interesting. Do we have records to confirm that?

    Do you know anything about the history of this particular rifle?
    I am not sure how to answer the question except to say "no I don't have documents".

    I will climb down from my high horse and restate as
    "if your C.67 sniper has a Jostam pad, you better look at it "extra closely" as it is likely not correct"

    I only know what I was told about this rifle in 2019 by an (experienced) 3rd party who examined it.
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