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Its a commercial Long Lee. A military issue one would have the Royal Cypher on it.
Small point thats not wood removal for a target sight but a Volley sight for semi-aimed fire at really long distances.
Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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We had many of these in New Zealand. 
 They were Commercial BSA rifles purchased in full military configuration.  
They were often assembled by BSA using their store of remaining long lee parts then supplied to NZ army under contract. That's why there is no military cypher or normal military acceptance markings.
BSA had by then converted over their main production over to the SMLE. NZ army purchase at the time all BSA's remaining stock of long lee commercial rifles, parts inventory. Canadian used long lees were also purchased at the same time.  Later on these rifles were sold to rifle clubs as target rifles.
Its quite possible this one may have been from New Zealand, look on the butt plate for NZ markings
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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: June 13 2021 at 7:18pm
its a very nice rifle and one that most of us would appreciate - thats a correct and very nice P88 bayonet as well , if there are markings on that post to that forum for more info we might have on that as well , some of collected those and know of them , or we have references that can give you a lot on that too , 
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he!!o to all    and thanks for the replys i checked my buttplate and there  was nothing on it i don t think this was one of that contract this rifle looks like it was well cared for they don t get that in the military i think the answer is in some of those block of numbers that i posted last week those numbers will tell us alot if someone comes along that knows what they mean   iam thinking it was a personal target rifle if you guys google a1910 bisley handsworth shooters prize  myy rifle has same sights and flat muzzle    only mine is 5 in s shorter      the bayonet has no  numbers other then the date 7/96 and inspection no s   and x bent mark i have not got scabard for it  mabey unisued ?
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Great looking rifle. 
‘Give’em he!!, Pike’
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If there are no issue marks then its likely that it would have been sold purely as a target rifle in the UK.

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well we know the bayo was made in july of 1896 and that it passed the bend test , i doubt it would be unissued but it could also be commercial as that was the custom back then , not all had markings to units or service , i was just trying to add to the knowledge base if that was possible , 
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HI   ALL THANKS  FOR MUCH NEEDED ADVICE ON THIS RIFLE  I FOUND  THAT ONE OF THE FOUR DIGIT NUMBERS WITH  ONE LETTER PRE FIX  MEANS IT  MEETS  IT PASSED TO USE IN MILITARY MATCHS BUT THATS ONLY ONE OUT OF 5 SETS  THERE IS ONE SET I   HAVEN T POSTED YET  I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN  MORE ABOUT THE FIVE DIGIT NUMBER ON BOTTOM OF BARREL REINFORCE THEY LOOK LIKE SUNFLOWER BLOSSOMS WITH LETTERS IN  THEM  I THINK THAT THEY ARE COMPANY MARKS  BUT NOT SURE     ICAN POST MORE PICS OF RIFLE OR BAYONET IF THAT BE OF ANY HELP TO ANYONE THE BAYONET WAS MADE BY WILKINSON   LONDON  THANKS AGAIN
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