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    Posted: September 16 2020 at 11:33am

P14 markings

All, I have two Lee Enfield WWII era rifles and recently acquired (free) a sporterized P14. I'm trying to decipher the markings. I believe it to be an Eddystone built ( ERA - 476880) but it has a variety of other markings/proofs. One that is a little confusing or concerning is the words "Nitro Proof" stamped but then it appears that its marked through (etched). I read that "Nitro Proof" was stamped prior to being sold to the public. The scraching out of those words has me concerned, was it cancelled? Any help on this or any of the other markings would be of great help. I'm trying to decide if it is worth bringing back to an original P14 stock.

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"NP", or "BNP" are civvie British proofs & are needed for sale to the public after being released by the military. I don't see "lining through" which IS cancelling, what I do see is an over-stamp which is probably just a bit of sloppy workmanship.
There are also markings for various stages of DEWAT & other reductions to non firing condition.
There are a series of letter stamping indicating various states of "need for repair" at various locations & Uneconomical to repair & so on, ending up with the dreaded "Z" series or "DP".
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Many thanks. For my next question, the bolt is not a matching number and has a small circle stam with US in the middle. Thoughts? 
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