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    1917 Enfield from Ethiopia(?)

    Picked this 1917 SMLE up yesterday at the local fun show. I believe it is one of the rifles that came out of Ethiopia recently. The rifle itself is your bog-standard example with mixed parts, 1942 dated barrel, Lithgowicon trigger guard, etc. But the really interesting feature is the 'coin' put in place where the brass disc was. The rifle is apart and soaking at the moment (beyond dirty) but with a surprisingly good bore.
    Would love to know about the coin. It looks very similar to Mughal Empire examples I've seen online, but not completely certain. When would these rifles have been supplied to Ethiopia?
    I'd say this one would have some stories to tell!
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    Good old warhorse. I have a 1917 also and if only they could speak....

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    Interesting repair in your second photo: the wood used must have been harder than walnut as the latter has worn down (see around the cross-pin) whereas the repair has not. Could be partly different shrinkage too.

    Coin text looks like Arabic to me, so wouldn't think of Ethiopian origin.

    "An old sweat" for sure.
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    Yep, the stock has quite a few patches in it.
    The coin turned out to be from Yemen. The Arabic numbers at top, '1367' translate to 1948.

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    Not a year they enjoy remembering on that side of the line!
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