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    Posted: April 27 2015 at 7:41am

No.1s: Mk.III (1911), Mk.III* (1940) and Mk.3* GL. (1964)





2A1 (1967) and 1A1 (1972)






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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote A square 10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 27 2015 at 8:08pm
nice , a couple there ive not held first hand and one [1A1] ive not seen first hand , 

i once had a mk3* , a 2A , a 2A1 , a 410 traditional chamber , and 410 Commercial chamber , along with all of the bayonets , you sir have an extremely nice collection of ishys 
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Very nice, terrylee!
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The interesting thing about the first two rifles is that they both have South African military markings. I have also come across others similarly marked, the latest of which was dated 1941. Although I have so far found no archival evidence, I strongly suspect that they were originally imported from India during the Second World War for use in the North African campaign.
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Terry,
 
 Indian troops served in N. Africa, so do you think the arms were left behind when they returned home?
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That is a possibility, but seeing that the South African troops needed rifles to take part in the campaign, I believe that they are more likely to have received them beforehand. India manufactured complete rifles; South Africa did not and transport from India was probably safer than from England where there was also a shortage at that time. 
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Yes indeed Terry, India Did produce a staggering amount  of rifles, many for the use of others. 
Just made me wonder with Indian troops also being deployed.
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