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Joined: March 29 2012
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    Posted: March 30 2012 at 5:26am
Greetings Gentlemen.

I'm new to the forums and relatively new to collecting Enfield (rifles). I've been interested in Enfield (rifles) ever since I got into Royal Enfield (motorcycles) around 1999-2000. I remember being in the motorcycle dealership looking over a new 2000 all-white 500cc Classic, and asking why the RE logo was a cannon with the motto: Made Like a Gun. He went into the back of the shop and came with with a 1906  ShtLE MkI (if I remember correctly) (Volley sights, windage adjustable rear sight, mag cutoff and magazine chain are details I remember).

Anyway, I was immediately hooked. One both the motorcycle and the rifle.

Still though, I never made any purchases of rifles until the last few months. Since January this year I've acquired

  1. 1940 No1 MkIII Ishapore (which apparently began life as a BSA ShtLE and underwent 2 revisions)
  2. 1944 Lithgow SMLE - a JJ Arms Co import of a Australian Cadet "yellow band" rifle
  3. 1942 No4 MkI* LongBranch / Mk2 sights / 2 groove barrel
  4. 1948 No4 Mk1 Fazakerly, which I picked up in really poor cond and thought would be a wall-hanger, but actually cleaned up really well

Tragically,  I haven't fired any of them yet however that is about to change this weekend as some mates and I have been mustered to lay seize to a large gathering of paper plates in central Missouri. 
Wish me well.

Other hobbies include travel/camping with our VW Westfalia's ('64 "hatch top" and '87 Syncro), and vintage scooters & European motorcycles.

Cheers,
Brian

-Brian
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Took the Lithgow to the range this past Saturday and out plinking on Sunday.  Shot probably 60-65 rds through it over the whole weekend.

I'm no marksman, but I'm pretty happy with my initial sight-in and was just having a blast. Seemed like the more I shot it, the better it got.

Here's my first session at 25 yards on the range:


Not at the elevation I expected, but the grouping isn't too bad for my abilities.
I was runing out of time at the range so I went straight out to 100 yards, and accidentally put the target on the upper holder in my haste, so I had to shoot this round offhand.



Since 100 yards is as far as this range goes and my sights are 200yd min, I thought my shots would be landing a lot higher than they seemed to be. My POA was right at the bottom of the paper under each bull.

I had no spotter with me, so I had no idea where my shots were going until I did the walk of shame. I'm happy I got anything on the paper at all. 

The next day we did some country plinking and at 25yds I punched out the whole bullseye circle of one of those Shoot-n-see 8" stick ons. Other more experienced shooters praised it's accuracy for a milsurp with the nasty old ammo, so I'm pretty pleased with it.

That's all.
Carry on!
-Brian
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Greetings! I'm glad you're out having fun with it. The lithgow's are a little harder to find in the states so good catch. 
I'm amused by the story of the Enfield bikes going broke in England, and the Indian factory continuing to crank them out and export back to England. 

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Another Welcome!
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An overcast day this weekend provided me with a good opportunity for good picture taking. Decided to get everyone out in the daylight for a session

Enjoy some daily Gun Pr0n on me!




one of these things is not like the others..
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nice photo , that tall adopted child is not related the rest of the family ...
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