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    Posted: September 06 2021 at 10:07am

Here is my (new to me) n째 8 Mk I rifle.


It was built in 1951 at ROF Fazakerley and FTR'ed in 1966 at Enfield Lock.



The rifle is fitted with an A. J. Parker 8/53 sight attachment and had its battle aperture ground off.


I have a question about these factory thorough repairs, though - were they common as far as .22 LR trainers go?
Another point I have been wondering about is the receiver: this one is obviously a n째 4 receiver, but as there is no trace whatsoever of the ejector screw on the left side, does it mean that it has never seen action on a n째 4 rifle during WW2?

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Could not have been a completed No. 4 rifle without an ejector screw.  

I see a screw on the left side, just forward of the safety.  Also a screw hole on the left side in the receiver bridge area.  I셫 not familiar with the No. 8 rifles, and can셳 imagine what these would be used for, may have been added later for mounting a scope. 
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Welcome to the forum Deejay; it's good to see another member from France!

The No8's were built from either no4 or No5 (Jungle Carbine) receivers. I believe that some (or most) were made from unused receivers; which would explain the lack of ejector screw hole. 

I have two No8's; one of which is the No4 type and the other  a No5 type.
one has the ejector hole; the other doesn't. The ejector hole is often used for the AJ Parker match rear dioptre sights. The 8/53 is a nice sight to have; but unfortunately not allowed of the "Tir Armes Reglementaire" (Service Rifle Competitions) here in France.

You will love shooting this rifle; they are accurate and great fun. However I would suggest buying various makes of subsonic .22 ammo; as the accuracy can vary substantially depending on the type of ammo. 
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Thank you, my dear fellow-countryman Handshake

This one is actually my second Lee-Enfield trainer - I already own a No. 2 Mk IV* (a former 1916 BSA Mk III*) and shooting it at the range is a real pleasure, although its open sights do not allow me to make the best of its accuracy.


There is a mysterious marking on the barrel of the No. 8 I was not able to interpret: a delta or triangle. Any idea what its meaning could be?



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I cannot find any reference to the triangle in Skennerton's  Lee Enfield book. 
It's not the same as the Iraq ownership triangle; which has an arabic letter inside.
 I suspect it's an inspector mark form the FTR; but that is just a guess on my part!

The 1916 .22 looks fabulous. 
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The 1916 is by no means spotless, but it is rather well preserved, for a rifle that is more than a hundred years old.


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does wear its age well , i like it , 
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I quite fancy the idea that this rifle has had several lives - as a WW1 .303 service rifle, as an Irish army rifle and finally as a single-shot small-bore rifle - and is still "active" after all these years, not just an inert piece of metal and wood in a museum.
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It's in lovely condition.
I have a similar 1918 example, all matching and original. 
Too many dents in the wood to count and year's of linseed oil. It's a beautiful thing!
My 10 year old daughter loves shooting the .22's
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I live quite close to the German border, near Saarbr체cken.
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