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    Posted: October 20 2019 at 6:40pm
I'm new to Enfields and came by this one for free...good value for me, but have no clue about the actual value of this firearm. Any estimates are welcome (I know this isn't official).

1918 SMLE No1 Mk3* manufactured in Enfield, England (RSAF, best I can tell). Serial numbers match on bolt, barrel, nose cap and stock. Headspace, muzzle wear and rifling are in good condition and within acceptable gauges. "Fingers" on the upper forestock and rear handguard that wrap around the rear sight are missing (rear hand guard appears to be cut off and one side of the forestock cracked off). Surface discoloration on the receiver. Bolt action is tight and smooth. Safety spring appears a little loose but functioning. All parts appear original (possible exception being the hand guard, but I understand that they were not always intent on matching wood color).











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About $500~600 at the last Chantilly gunshow.
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Value is incredibly subjective. Even being located in Virginia makes a difference. That said, you look to have a nice example with numbers matching. Don't worry much about the handguards and the "fingers" being gone. It was common for them to break and armourers would just trim them off and slap the handguards back on. In my area this would be in the $450 range. Again, everything is subjective but that gives you a ballpark figure.
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Where I live, in Canada, and without actually seeing the rifle, it would go for about $500-600 Canadian dollars. Nice looking rifle!
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I agree with HT.
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There are seven of them on Armslist AZ right now and the lowest priced one starts at $750.00. 
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It looks like a very nice original rifle. I would be proud to own it!
You should take it to the range and enjoy it; see how it performs.
Please share the results.
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Originally posted by Zed Zed wrote:

It looks like a very nice original rifle. I would be proud to own it!
You should take it to the range and enjoy it; see how it performs.
Please share the results.


Couldn't agree more! I don't have plans to sell it. I received it from my neighbor who saved it from the trash 15 years ago. Someone was going to toss it in the dump. He just recently passed it on to me. Due to the story, it's history and my process of it getting cleaned up and running, it has a special place in my safe.

I didn't know I wanted one of these until it landed in my lap, now it's one of my favorites. It's a joy to shoot, although I've only put one box through it so far to test that it's functionality. Since I didn't pay for it or do research for the purchase, I don't know the value of it.
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The safety spring can be thought to be loose because the screw is not tight. Try that first. If thats not it carefully bend the spring inwards slightly. Use care its a fairly delicate bit. The good news is you can replace it for about 5 bucks if needed.
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In my neck of the woods..your looking @ approx. $450 -500 Cdn. (bout $1.95 'Merican, these days)
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If this is your first Enfield; let me warn you and say it probably won't be the last one! Once you start to enjoy shooting and working on these rifles; you just get the urge to find another one!
my last find was also a 1918 SMLE MkIII*, but it was modified to .22 for training after WWI. Went to buy some reloading stuff and ended up with a rifle! It's a disease! No apparent cure.
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"In my neck of the woods..you're looking @ approx. $450 -500 Cdn. (bout $1.95 'Merican, these days)"

More like $0.14, now that Fidel jr is keeping his job for a while.
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Well, at least he took a bit of a hit on his popularity on this election.  Hopefully, you won't be stuck with him as long as we were stuck with his father.  I grew up in Canada in the '60's and '70's, we didn't think we would ever get rid of him.   Just hope that it won't be another 30 years.
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My gut tells me there will be a Consevative leadership change. I've heard the name Peter MacKay bounced around. As far as Trudeau, he can't be as smug and arrogant as he was with a majority. My gut also tells me he'll resign before next election to allow... (wait for it) Chrystia Freeland. Sorry, my Alberta friends. I'd say the pipeline is officially dead. When you do separate, can you take Manitoba with you?
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And northern BC?
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My Condolences on his success (of sorts).

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