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    Posted: January 19 2020 at 7:38am
I finally got round to working on my grandfather's Lee Enfield, I think it's a MK 1 but haven't done enough research to be sure. It is fully functional except the rear sight windage / notch was bent. I disassembled it and straightened it out. Problem is there is a t shaped spring that had completely flattened and in trying to heat/rebend it I cracked it. Have been going through forums and web pages trying to find a replacement or work around but no luck. Any assistance or direction to a forum string would be greatly appreciated. Attached a couple of pics, 1 of sight and broken spring and 2 slot where the spring resides. Haven't had any luck finding a similar sight on line, all I've seen have the sight/notch fixed by a screw, ie no windage.


 
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Hmmm..be patient. I'm sure our members will be able to "save your bacon"
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There is a chap in the UK who has those bits fore sale, new old stock, 100 year old parts.

Mark Wagstaff, he sells on Ebay as 'oilermark'

PM sent to you with his contact info.
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That seller is a good feller....lots of NOS parts, he ships quickly, I have bought a lot of parts from him over the years. Highly recommended.
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Thanks for the replies, another member gave me marks contact info and I've mailed him. Could anyone recommend a good site/ reference page for deciphering the model, marking, year etc on my Enfield? The only mark which appears to be a date stamp is 1917 but I know it's likely a mish mash of different parts.
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I made one using one of those spring steel body clips used to hold things on cars/trucks.
Use the old one as a template, cut to shape then carefully bend to match profile.
Do not use heat springs dont like heat!
Match the thickness to the original.
Tools require, tin snips, small file and a couple flat nose pliers to do the bending.
Time about 1/2hr. Cheaper and more fun than waiting for the postman.
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Thanks again for all the greetings, tips and he!!os. Little looking on line and looks like I have a 1917 Short Magazine, version III ( although the middle numeral is faint but looks to symmetrical for a score from the punch).

I removed all the woodwork today and pin holding the trigger fell out. It stayed in place as with the wood work on it had no place to go but should the pin fit with a taper/ friction fit? Photo  of the knox markings also attached.

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Trigger pins do wear, replacements are cheap fortunately!
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