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    Posted: May 30 2014 at 8:26am
he!!o all,

I'm a budding milsurp rifle collector and I've been bitten by the Enfield bug. I've been looking for a Lithgow No. 1 Mk III* and I just purchased via gunbroker what I assumed was a nice one. The dealer selling the rifle is running an estate sale. He stated that he usually didn't sell milsurps and didn't know much about them. He also said the former owner bought the rifle in the 80s, shot it some , but mostly kept it as a safe queen.

I hate to admit this because I do my research but I discovered a) it was a John Jovino import. I didn't know the significance of that until after some more reading.

That said, I think I lucked out and got a complete rifle and not a rebuilt parts gun. The receiver, bolt and end cap numbers are matching as well as fore-end. It's a 1942 D prefix, the furniture is SLAZ dated 1942. I'm not in possession of the rifle yet, but in one of the pics , it appears that the stock has the appropriate acceptance marks (can faintly be made out).

Anyway, I don't mean to post what probably is "I'm a newbie, look at my Enfield!" thread, but I would truly appreciate any information and opinions.

























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Welcome to the Forum.

I was worried when you envoked the name of Jovino but it does not appear to be a parts gun and is in great shape.  It does have a U.S. 1907 sling on it and not a British Web one which makes it look a bit odd to me. 
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My impression is that it has had very little use. The stamps are still crisp and it has a remarkable lack of dents, scratches and dings.
A good buy for a first, second or third for that matter.Thumbs Up
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Thanks. I'm not really concerned if it the rifle hasn't "been there, done that". I just want a nice representative sample of a Lithgow Enfield. It's a mystery to me why the wood looks so good. Maybe the Aussie equivalent of reserve or home guard rifle? I read on another forum that Lithgow had a number of unused 1942 stock sets that JJCO purchased and threw on a number of rifles.

I plan on taking it apart and checking for the recoil plates. That's my biggest concern, because I really want a shooter. I also have a nice web sling from one of my Lithgow L1A1 parts kits.
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Yes it's a good one.
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Definately isnt a 'School Cadet' rifle. We wore ours out. Tongue
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It should have the plates. Are you aware of the correct dismantling procedure for one of these?
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Originally posted by Homer Homer wrote:

It should have the plates. Are you aware of the correct dismantling procedure for one of these?


Yup, discovered the correct procedures with my readings and video viewings. Basically disassemble the furniture from the muzzle back with the buttstock last. Reassemble in reverse order.

Which is worse to field strip, a Garand or Enfield?
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Field strip. Garand.
Detail strip, flip a coin.Tongue
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Pulling an Enfield down is a very easy procedure and only takes about two minutes to remove the forend and handguards. You do not need to remove the nosecap and I would advise not to. It's just not necessary and the cross screw is often spot punched and difficult to remove. Also not necessary to remove the butt. You only want to inspect the draws, right? So just remove the forend. You can actually inspect for the recoil plates through the top of the action with the rifle intact, but if you want to inspect them thoroughly for correct fit and bedding, better to remove it.
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Originally posted by Homer Homer wrote:

Pulling an Enfield down is a very easy procedure and only takes about two minutes to remove the forend and handguards. You do not need to remove the nosecap and I would advise not to. It's just not necessary and the cross screw is often spot punched and difficult to remove. Also not necessary to remove the butt. You only want to inspect the draws, right? So just remove the forend. You can actually inspect for the recoil plates through the top of the action with the rifle intact, but if you want to inspect them thoroughly for correct fit and bedding, better to remove it.

How do you remove the forend without removing the nosecap?
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It's very easy. The rear of the forend comes away from the action first. As it does pull the action and barrel rearward out of the nosecap and forend.
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nice looking rifle , 
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