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    Posted: September 27 2016 at 11:10pm
he!!o all. I am a new Enfield owner and purchased this rifle this weekend. Took it out shooting on Sunday, and it was nice (150gr for target). I, like every other new owner, am looking for information on the markings. I did some research, but have not purchased any reference manuals.

Any help is greatly appreciated. (I know, it needs a good cleaningSmile)

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OK I'll start off.
Its a Birmingham Small Arms "Rifle No1 Mk III* (Also known as a SMLE, SMELLIE Or ShtLE) "Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield" made in 1918 under the reign of King George V th.
It was a military issue rifle because of the crown (Royal Cyper).

Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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I am guessing (not 100%) that the '44 above or in front of the broadhead arrow (WD) that it was reconditioned for service in 1944?
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it appears matching but i cannot completely focus on all of those digits at the angles presented , 

i am curios of the "C2" in that BSA marking , my BSAs dont have that , says BSA Co with underscore for the o , i think that is what you are seeing poorly stamped on yours , mine is a 1915 tho


and here is later WWII markings , 1942 

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Took the pics with my cell, so not the greatest set up. I was curious about the BSAC2 mark also. The pic with the serial numbers on the barrel, it appears as though it didn't strike fully. It is hard to tell the last number..The first four numbers match, but the last is inconclusive. Thanks.

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good find
Loose wimmen tightened here
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no problem , any pics are better than none - just note a close exam will prove me correct its BSACo with an underscore of the 'o' , not a 2 , no big deal , 


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Another thing, the '44 on the barrel means it was rebarreled in 1944.
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