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Found this in a Canadian No.4 Military Manual:  


I think this is what was done on this rifle but for some reason they did not include the two letter GB prefix.
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But they aren't barred out?
Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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Originally posted by m38swede m38swede wrote:

Found this in a Canadian No.4 Military Manual:  


I think this is what was done on this rifle but for some reason they did not include the two letter GB prefix.
The serial numbers are in the wrong font on both the wristsocket and bolt. The slabside of the reciever has been scrubbed as well. You are overthinking this and trying to correlate something to this rifle to make it all match up. The rifle for lack of better terminology is a "Bitster." It has been put together using whatever pieces were available, scrubbed of all identifiable stamps and then restamped to make it appear, "correct." Those early cocking pieces were pretty much designated for the Savage and some Long Branch rifles prior to 1942. The bottom line here however is that, if you like the rifle, buy the rifle.  There is an old saying. "Buy the rifle, Not the story." And just to be clear here. The following photo is of a Maltby made rifle. The serial number is in the correct font and looks like it was stamped by a blind monkey. The rifle you have shown to us and  according to the serial number was made at the Fazakerley factory...
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The bolt was ground and the serial number was added 
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Not that it matters in the slightest here but, someone has added the Savage L type flip sight and has got the axis pin shoved past the notch the axis pin lines up with. The bolthead has the square S on it that is indicative of a Savage made item and I will wager a penny that the cocking piece has a square S on it as well...
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Maybe you are correct Goosic, I am trying to hard to make this, make sense!  Its missing the ejector screw, a butt plate screw and the front site protector, it is almost like its someone's unfinished restoration project.  I think I will let it sit on the gun shop shelf for now.  

Now I need to focus on fitting the new forend to a sporterized MK1/2 I picked up several years ago.....didn't realize how difficult fitting a new forend would be but I am taking my time and doing lots of research to try and do it up right!!
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Until recently I had a Savage sporter which had the same font style serial numbers and A L prefix which indicates it had gone through India; a lot ended up in South Africa and now here. I also read that not all had the A L prefex.
A lot of these have been turning up here in Canada, most are bitsters as was mine.
I`m putting my eggs in the Post WW2 India basket.
I paid $250 last yr and sold it for $350. It had parts from every manufacturer on it, quite a collection.
shoot em if you got em
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no, the old numbers are still there, just very faint and hard to make out.
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