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    Posted: June 17 2020 at 8:30pm
Tonight I was taking apart my second Century Arms project, a 1918 Ishapore Mk III* converted to a .410 musket in 1931. In stripping it I noticed a "Cht" mark on the right side of the butt stock. Has anyone seen this before? It's new to me.



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new to me as well , ill be interested to hear others take on that marking , might well be from a previous service life 
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Nothing has been sorted on this. On Gunboards a few think it's abbreviation for some police district, which would make sense. The only mention I have found of any "Cht" abbreviation associated with India is for the Chittagong Hill Tracts which were ceded to Pakistan when India became independent. I would think that would be in all capital letters, though, instead of capital C and lowercase h and t. Seems to be one of those Enfield mysteries.
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After a lot of struggling I finally got my 1918 Ishapore musket apart. I broke 3 screwdrivers and 4 screwdriver bits trying to break this thing loose. I did have to drill the head off the front trigger guard screw to get the trigger guard off. Once I got the wood off the remnants of the screw came out fairly easily. Biggest issue was breaking the stock bolt loose. That took a lot of force but I finally got it out. Now to start cleaning and see what I end up with. Here's what I started with:





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that thing looks rough!  I’m certain that once you are done with it, it’ll look ‘way better!

Was there any of the God-awlful green paint on it under the woods?

Any evidence of volley sights from it’s previous service life?

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The 3 93. Could that represent March 1893? My thought when looking at the Cht and the 3 93 lead me to believe the wood at one time was on a rifle placed into service in March of 1893 on or near Chatham Islands NZ
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Whitjr, This one does have a dark green paint under the wood, slathered on heavily. It's a Mk III* barred out, so it never had volley sights. It does retain a pinned rear sight that was formerly windage adjustable.

Goosic, I don't know. It honestly may not be out of the realm of possibility seeing how the Indians used and reused anything and everything. They were not wasteful of anything relating to weapons.
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