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    Posted: July 06 2014 at 7:05am
I have acquired this old Enfield and am ignorant of many things regarding its appearance. I am confused by the positioning and the orientation of the sight. It seems to be mounted in reverse when compared to others. I am also stymied by the stock in relationship to its length and positioning in regard to the barrel band & endcap. Might any of you be able to assist?

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it looks nice but im very uneducated in anything of that vintage , i trust the folks at britishmilitaria.com when it comes to these there are some real nice folks there that do know a lot of these 
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At first glance..I'm thinking its a re-production musket.
It appears to be 10" too short (as compared to my Tower)
What stamp marks are on it? Does it have a bayo - lug?
What is the Butt plate made of?
I assume its in .577/450 ?
The sight should stand - up for longer ranges.
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No bayonet lug. It has 2 barrel bands with 48" total length and 33" barrel. Butt plate is brass. Its muzzle is .577 with 5 groove rifling. Weight of the weapon is 48"
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Looks pretty standard for a 2 band Enfield rifled musket except that the rear sight is on backwards.
There were.3 lengths of the rifle and this is the mid length version.
There was no bayonet lug as the bayonet slipped over the barrel and was held on by a band that rotated behind the sight.
As to whether it's a repro or not, I am viewing on an ipad so can't see enough detail. Mind you, Parker Hale made repros of these rifles using the original patterns and parts for the P H version will fit original rifles.
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Euroarms and a few others still make repros of these rifles.
I asked if there was a lug, beacause many (some) repros add one.(Still haven't figgerd out why.) Your right Lithgow, re: the twisting band on the Bayo.(Springfields have the same.)I remember Dixie gun works was selling repros of Springfields & Enfields - that were too short, to re-enactors.These poor suckers would show-up at an event - all proud of their new rifle..only to find they are too short & can't stack proper. Then as safety issues arose - had to ditch their new rifles & couldn't use 'em! (My buddy Mike got one of those pieces of crap years ago..He was short to begin with, so we used to tease him that everything about him was 3/4 scale!lol!
My understanding re: the Tower models is that they did not have serial #'s.(Repros do).
The only markings on mine are: The Crown, TOWER, & date on lockplate.
On the barrel there is 25 stamped, & a faint crown stamp.
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I have seen and held Hoadies rifle!! almost took out the light fixture with it !!!
She is a beauty !! And Looks awesome !!!!
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I think you are right re the serial number Hoadie, my father has a P H repro and it is numbered.
He also has an original which is in th local museum. He has been playing with muzzle stuffers since he was twelve, he turned 84 last month.
We took his repro out for a shoot a few weks ago, along with the muzzle loading shotgun, great day out.
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Can the sight just be unbolted & reversed?
Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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