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    Posted: June 01 2017 at 6:19am
he!!o everyone, new to the forum, I recently purchased a Lee Enfield No.1 MKIII*, but i am having trouble dating it because there is no date on the right side, any help you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated!
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Pics will help a lot, it may be a commercial built rifle and that wouldnt have the date on it. Who made the rifle?
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Definitely need some pictures. The Indians are also known for scrubbing old marks off of rifles. Without some pictures we can't tell you a whole lot.
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What markings (if any) are there?
Is there, for example a crown stamped there?
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[IMG]uploads/5198/IMG_4099_2017-06-07_13-03

apologies if the lighting isnt the best
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I was surprised to see no answer to your question after you posted good pics.

What you have there is a post war Factory Rebuild rifle done in India in 1949. Note the markings on left wrist.

The reinforcing strap at the back of the fore arm is typical of India too, so likely it has a set of new Indian made wood fitted.

The Indian factory at Ishapore tended to scrub off all the markings on the wrist and refinish the metal on what in effect a totally re-manufactured rifle.

The S on the wrist of the butt stock denotes that the stock bolt has a spring washer fitted to secure the bolt as opposed to a squared ended bolt keyed into a notch in the back of the fore arm.

Nothing wrong with an Indian factory rebuild. They had excellent quality control and were as good as new.
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i just got to this one , seems you all covered it quite nicely , would love to see an overall to know if it is in original nick , 

IIRC it could be any mfrgrs rifle refurbed there in that time period , but the indians scrubbed the original markings , might hazard a guess from the marks on small bits but would not be definitive as lots of those get swapped out in FR - long as they are serviceable they go back to work , 
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