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    Posted: March 14 2019 at 5:11pm
 Good day folks, I was hoping I could trouble you for some info on this one. It was a gift from a friend, it was his father’s for around 50 years and even though I have twice as many sporters as my wife thinks I have, I was pleased to receive it. Anyway, it’s in nice working condition albeit unoriginal. The barrel is 24 1/2”, is that correct for this rifle? I would consider installing new full wood on this if possible. 

 There are plenty of markings, some I have not seen on my other LE’s. SSA, HV under the rear sight. Hopefully the pictures fill the gaps. Any info or comments are sure welcome. Thanks.


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 he!!o from Phoenix Arizona .
I am not the expert here on Sht L.E. rifles. They will show up eventually.  In the meantime.  Here is what I know with some degree of certainty.  The BNP along with the 303 2.222" 18.5 tons per □" is an out of service stamp so it could be sold into civilian use. The BNP stands for British Nitro Proof. The other stamp I saw was P-H. Look for an M-192 stamping as well. Parker Hale Ltd. of Birmingham England  worked on that rifle at one time. 24.5" barrel is the nominal and unmolested length of a military barrel. The HV under the sight is indicative of that rifle having used the High Velocity .303 round which I believe was the MkVII ammunition.  Someone will correct me if I am wrong on that one. The GR stands for George Rex.  The furniture you seek to return it to its original form  could be a challenge for you,however,there are alot of fine folk here that will certainly be able to point you in right direction to help you source the pieces you seek. The metal bits should be fairly easy to source as well. Good evening to you...Thumbs Up
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There will soon be a lack of 'period' sporters making them a rare item... Just a thought.
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WW1 vintage peddled scheme rifle made by Standard Small Arms

Has the civilian proof marks of the Birmingham proof house on the barrel near the chamber.

Standard barrel length was 25.2 inches; what does the muzzle end of the barrel look like?

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also has candaian service marking Carrow 
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Jackpine.  I will ask at this time if you will post some photos  of the rifle in its entirety.  You might just have yourself a rifle that was,"factory sporterized" prior to it's being placed into the civilian market.
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A few more photos. I don’t think this one was a professional job, looks similar to most Alberta home made sporters, not sure though. I’ve never heard of SSA before, not so common?Thanks everyone for the input so far. 
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