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    A Collector's View - The SMLE Short Magazine Lee Enfield 1903-1989. It is 300 8.5x11 inch pages with 1,000+ photo’s, most in color, and each book is serial-numbered.  Covering the SMLE from 1903 to the end of production in India in 1989 it looks at how each model differs and manufacturer differences from a collecting point of view along with the major accessories that could be attached to the rifle. For the record this is not a moneymaker, I hope just to break even, eventually, at $80/book plus shipping.  In the USA shipping is $5.00 for media mail.  I will accept PayPal, Zelle, MO and good old checks (and cash if you want to stop by for a tour!).  CLICK BANNER to send me a PM for International pricing and shipping. Manufacturer of various vintage rifle scopes for the 1903 such as our M73G4 (reproduction of the Weaver 330C) and Malcolm 8X Gen II (Unertl reproduction). Several of our scopes are used in the CMP Vintage Sniper competition on top of 1903 rifles. Brian Dick ... BDL Ltd. - Specializing in British and Commonwealth weapons Chuck in Denver ... Buy-Sell-Trade .. Guns, Cars Motorcycles Your source for the finest in High Power Competition Gear. Here at T-bones Shipwrighting we specialise in vintage service rifle: re-barrelling, bedding, repairs, modifications and accurizing. We also provide importation services for firearms, parts and weapons, for both private or commercial businesses.
     

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    Pretty cool to see a rifle sporting the second variant of the Romanian mounts. Unfortunately I dont think it'd be feasible to repro a mounts for this setup. The front mount has an angled post that tips and fits into the base and seems like it would be a real pain to make without an original set and that isnt happening obviously.

    The repro mounts on eBay for the other variant are actually quite good. Also, there are enough differences to distinguish them from an original.

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    Actually I think these rings are easier to produce than the bracket type mount, but of course less market for them for being rarer. Still does not solve the problem of the non-available IOR scopes that were used with those.


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    The scopes seem to be unicorns. They are out there but no one lets them go. Could possibly be one of the most difficult “wartime” scopes to acquire for what seems to be a easy rifle to acquire. The VZ24 snipers seem to pop up about 1/2 dozen times per year. Maybe more. I’ve seen two scopes by themselves sold in 10 years. Missed it by just that much. Last year there was an auction and I think 7-8 entire weapons system (first and second variants) sold. Someone had cornered the market.

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