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    Posted: August 28 2014 at 8:05pm
Before anything I will apologize in advance in the event this information is already on this site. I have been searching for two hours and have learned a great deal from an 2010 thread started by SIG555 and answered by several users; mostly Shamu.

I obtained my rifle from a dealer after I seized it along with over 100 other firearms. The purchase was completely legal nd ethical. The rifle appears to have never been issued or fired beyond any factory testing. When seized it was it was wearing a heavy coat of cosmoline and the bbl was totally blocked by cosmo.

I believe I have the serial # codes figured out however most of the parts which have stampings bear a stamp of F over 54 and some bear both F over 54 and F over 55. I it possible those sub-assemblies and parts were made, inspected and approved or otherwise stamped in 1954 and the rifle was assembled and stamped with the aforementioned "55" stamping?

It was imported by Century Industries and I know they made many franken rifles. I own a L1A1 born from this method. This one does not seem to be altered or otherwise touched since it left the armory. Is it possible that a rifle with all serial numbered parts was created with un numbered "54" parts by Century Arms? While I cannot post pictures at this point the rifle is tight and bears no signs of use and is perfectly parkerized with what looks like a birch forearm (stamped with the matching S/N. The only article not marked with "55" is located on the left side of the breech. I is stamped with "F" over 54 and "F" over "53"
Next question; There is a perfectly fitted biscuit at the end of the pistol grip stamped with an arrow and a "13" beneath the left side of the arrow and "PD" beneath the right side of it. The Peak of the arrow looks a lot like chevron. Does that mean anything to anyone?

The serial # is UF.55A20449. Decoded it means U- United Kigdom, F- Fazakerly. 55 - manufactured in 1955. A- first in series of S/N's under the prefix of "A". 2- made in Ireland. 0449 - the 449th rifle made in 1955.Correct,or unbelievably off base and fodder for laughter?

Last question: Paid $250.00 for it and 3 boxes of 303 British ammo (new manufacture. Good deal? Possible value of this piece?

I hate people who write lengthy posts like this on these type of sites so I feel your pain and future posts will be much shorter. I have been reading posts on this board and it is far nicer and more cordial and informative than other sites I've been on. I know nothing about Lee Enfields as opposed to my other firearms which has made this visit just what I needed.
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