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    Posted: August 25 2009 at 12:36pm

 
 
The serial number stamped on the back of the rear sight leaf does not match the serial numbers on the bolt, receiver and barrel.
 
 
 
Matching serial numbers on receiver and barrel shank. The * stamped on both indicates that this rifle was upgraded to MkI* specifications at some time in its history.
 
 
The 7 stamped on the barrel shank indicates that the barrel was made in 1917.
 
 
The bolt was most likely renumbered to match the receiver and barrel when it was modified to incorporate a longer locking lug to meet MkI* specifications.
 
 
The base for the front volley sight was present on the forestock when I acquired the rifle. I purchased the front (less the mounting screw) and rear volley sights from Gun Parts who advertised them as P-14 volley sights. As you can see in the photo I used a slotted machine screw to mount the front sight until I can find a proper screw. That's just a minor problem because since I installed these sites I've come to the conclusion that the sights (at least the front sight) is probably for the No. 1 Mk III as it seems short for use with the P-14's base plate.
 
 
The letters W.R.V. are stamped above 868 on the stock near the repaired stock disk cutout.
 
 
The 1913 bayonet was made by Winchester and dated 11 - 16. The leather covered sheath was made by Remington and is set up to be used with the British bayonet frog for attaching to a belt.
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hoadie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2009 at 6:21pm
Nice-VERY nice! Now that you've made everyone jealous...just WHAT do you intend to do with it?
Look-if you aren't going to use it...I'll take it off your hands(free up some space for ya..you know.)
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Very nice rifle
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Nice piece of Kit
 
 
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Thanks fellows. Anyone have any idea what W.R.V might signify or have any suggestions where I might find out?
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Nice Rifle! I got mine in the 1980s (I will not tell the price)  WRV could have some thing to do with the Weedon Repair up grade.  The majority of bolts were changed  over when they came out of storage then. Yours still has the volley sights and they were normally removed during the Weedon refurb.  However my rifle went through the Weedon repair  and does not have the volley sights any more but does have the original bolt so the upgrades may not have been uniform. There was this concern about a war breaking out back in 1939. Oh go ahead and shoot the thing, ignore all offers from other board members. I must note that the highest prone score I ever shot in my life was with a P-14  95/100  3-X ring. 
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I don't see the 7 on the barrel -- what kind of looks like a 7 looks like part of a broad arrow to me. All my P14s have dates on the barrel with the last two digits of the date ie: 16 or 17. Nice looking P14 by the way.
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Originally posted by Enfield trader Enfield trader wrote:

I don't see the 7 on the barrel -- what kind of looks like a 7 looks like part of a broad arrow to me. All my P14s have dates on the barrel with the last two digits of the date ie: 16 or 17. Nice looking P14 by the way.
 
Enfield Trader: The following was posted on another forum in resonse to my posting the P-14 pictures and requesting assistance in finding the barrel date: "The rifle was made in 1917, I've found on most of these rifles they were simply struck with a 6,7 or 8 without the 1 leading. That is a very nice example of an upgraded P-14. The bolt was probably renumbered during a repair to the rifle some time after it's Weedon repair."
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very nice looking pot belly eddy  
 
i have its mate - P14 eddystone made in 1917 , you definetly have an Smle front volley sight arm , this is what you need when you go looking , longer version -
 
 
and this is the rear - dog leg and short -
 
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