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    Mystery Sten Part

    I have this incoming. (Seller's pictures) The thing it seems to most resemble is the spring retainer plate fitted for parachute jumps, but the bits sticking out are rather odd and it also looks thicker than normal. The seller seems to be selling off relic gun parts dug out of a dump pit.

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    No "reference" object or "scale" shown, but my WAG is that this looks like the plate normally seen welded to the butt tubes.

    Any advances?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peregrinvs View Post
    the spring retainer plate
    Agreed, they don't match with any of the rest of the butt though.
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    The appearance may have changed a little during an extended "dirt-nap".

    Un-assembled parts sold off as scrap post-war? With the Patchett / Sterling coming on-line, all manner of odd bits were probably sent to an ignominious fate; dumped at sea, melted down, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce_in_Oz View Post
    Un-assembled parts sold off as scrap
    Sure, all of that...
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    Could it be the attachment plate for a MK5 Sten, to attach the wood stock to the receiver but with part of the metalwork (ferrule) missing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    Could it be the attachment plate for a MK5 Sten, to attach the wood stock to the receiver but with part of the metalwork (ferrule) missing?
    That was what the seller described it as, but I’m pretty certain it isn’t as it lacks the threaded hole in the middle for the stock bolt:

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    It's arrived and as I had a hunch, the bit sticking out at the top appears to be a sling attachment loop. It's gone off for a bath in Evaporust and when it's clean I'll see how well it fits to a gun.

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    The other brew that removes rust "passively" is a 50 / 50 mix of distilled water and Molasses. The latter can be found found at all good farm supply shops.

    My late Dad used it for years to clean up bits of the various "vintage" vehicles he worked on.

    ONLY for ferrous material; that brew does nasty things to Zinc or Aluminium alloys. Not much remains of a die-cast carburetor body after a few weeks in that stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce_in_Oz View Post
    a 50 / 50 mix of distilled water and Molasses.
    I saw that mixture being used to de-rust the inside of a motorcycle fuel tank on a TV program recently. They reckoned that it worked well.

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