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    Posted: October 19 2013 at 6:38pm
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This rifle would be among the cream of my lithgows, only acquired in the last year from a very good gent overseas from me. Its quite a rare bird as far as lithgows are concerned because 1914 is only the second year of lithgow production and only very few were made in the first two years. Taking into account, that most of those early rifles most probably sailed off with the first Contingent of the AIF in 1915, its amazing that this rifle has survived intact and unaltered.
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Impressive!
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Very nice!
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Thank you for showing us this gorgeous example of a rare bird...indeed. It is hard to believe that this rifle is almost 100 years old! The furniture and patina are just beautiful, you must be so proud to be the current owner of this time capsule! Enjoy, I know I am enjoying just looking at internet photos.
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Originally posted by Canuck Canuck wrote:

Thank you for showing us this gorgeous example of a rare bird...indeed. It is hard to believe that this rifle is almost 100 years old! The furniture and patina are just beautiful, you must be so proud to be the current owner of this time capsule! Enjoy, I know I am enjoying just looking at internet photos.


Your very welcome, its a pleasure actually.

Most interesting feature of this rifle that I never mentioned is, its still sighted for MkVI ammunition. This is indicated by the absence of a HV stamp on the butt and I can verify that the original sight bed ramp has not been modified as was done during conversion to MkVII. This point alone indicates to me that this rifle has never been returned to a depot or stores after issue for service.
The serial number places it within the first 4000 rifles to be assembled out of the Lithgow Small Arms factory in 1914 and the internal appearance of the wood work appears as new. The barrel is exceptionally good with only minimal evidence of use.

I also must pay tribute to the gent who gave me the opportunity to acquire this rifle. He recognized the historical significance of it from an Australian point of view and acted on his morals. The process to import it was expensive, frustratingly slow and not without incident but I am extremely grateful to have it in my possession and feel compelled to share it for all enthusiast to enjoy.
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You have a real treasure.
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Originally posted by paddyofurniture paddyofurniture wrote:

You have a real treasure.



Indeed I do. Thanks
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congrats on this fine example and thank youfor preserving the history of your country when we all are experiencing the flagrent attempt to eliminate it , you must be commend on going to that effort and im pleased top know there are others wil;ling to share that journey 
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Were the early Lithgow barrels reverse taper lapped?
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Simply amazing, Homer! Your 1917's and 1918's impressed me but this one dropped my jaw! I can't imagine owning such a rarity, especially since it is still sighted for Mk VI ammunitions. Thank you very much for sharing pictures with us!
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