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    Posted: July 26 2019 at 9:14pm
I know it may seem like I don't pursue my Maltby research as hard as I could but unfortunately it is a part-time endeavor with life getting in the way. I do want to update you all on what I have seen so far, though. I guess it's my way of letting you all know I am still working on it. I just wish I had the funds to do this full time. Here we go:

1) Maltby FTR'd rifles are not a common sight. Maltby did have an FTR program but it seems they did a very small number compared to Fazakerley and BSA. The FTR with M marking is not easily found. As yet I have not found any numbers on how many rifles Maltby FTR'd.

2) The Maltby inspection marks have letters A, B and C at the start. So, this could mean 3 production lines. As yet I do not have confirmation of this but we do know that both Fazakerley and BSA had multiple production lines so it would stand to reason that Maltby did too. It is very common to see Maltby rifles with inspection marks with different letters. Just today I saw one with a B and C inspection mark. I am not sure yet what that all means in the grand scheme of things.

3) The roll mark ended sometime in 1942. Maltby went from clean roll mark stampings to hand stamped somewhere in here. I still have not seen enough samples to date quite when though.

4) The Mk 1* snafu is still not dated. It is a known mistake that some Maltby rifles were stamped No 4 Mk 1* for a time. Yet how long this occurred and whether it was done on a certain production line is still not known as my sample size of examples is exactly 1.

5) The wrist markings are a mystery. Maltby rifles have a set of 3 letters stamped on the body on the wrist in the area where the trigger guard mounts. As of right now what these letters mean is completely unknown. It is confirmed that these marks are very much unique to Maltby rifles.

There you have it. So far more questions than answers but getting more examples in pictures and such is helping a ton. I just hope I can figure out more of the mystery of these rifle in time. Thanks for reading.
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Thank you for this information Bear.
V good of you!
Yes it takes some sorting, as nothing seems recorded now.  Any records it appears are now lost.
 
I Did see a nice Maltby at a gun -show recently, but didn't record the good stuff.
It must have come up from the 'States, as it was importer marked at the muzzle But!....the stamp had dented the bore!!
Price was good for up here, ($450 Canadian)  but left it .
 
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I can't imagine the amount of force required to dent a barrel like that. They definitely went overboard there Confused
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I found a Maltby barrel, still attached to what is left of the receiver. 
The dude ran the receiver through a shop saw...Censored...
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Oh that just makes me cringe.
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I bought a few Sht.LE barrels from a chap I found through networking. I am not sure as to where he was getting them, but they were in very nice used condition, random years and various factories, they came with the receiver ring still attached!
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