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    Posted: April 12 2021 at 5:23am
he!!o, I just joined the forum. I am not new to enfields, my father had one that we shot occasionally when I was young and I had my own for a while but life got in the way and I had to sell it. I will be looking for another one in the future.

I do have a question,,,does any one on the forum do serial number lookups to identify and/or "location hits" for the Enfield?

While doing ancestry research I found a cousin that was in the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. He was KIA after D-Day during the fighting on the way to Caan. I would like to find the rifle that he had if for no other reason than to have a picture of it. During my research I found a document that I believe is a basic issue list and there is a weapon serial number listed. That is all I have. I do not know if Canadian troops were issued firearms just for training or if it the one they took to battle.

I would have to get on my computer later to retrieve the information.

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Welcome to the forum. 
If you have a serial number; it's a good place to start your search. But then you need to get lucky.
It would be like finding a winning lottery ticket.




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Welcome from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada!
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Welcome from ATL, GA.

It would certainly be a shot in the dark regarding serial number.  This forum and perhaps a few others doesn’t constitute all that many known rifles compared to how many were made.  


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welcome to the site - glad you joined us 

you can get , from our members , a reference to where and who made it as well as confirmation of date of mfgr , as to trailing its use not so much from the serial numbers - that was not tracked in service and does not exist , but , idf the rifle has the marking disc with data or some other marking on the stock, butt plate , or other location it might give a little insight to its deployment , this is generally related to a single issue , not going to track its complete history by any means , it would be fun if they could talk but they dont , the research is a great adventure but with these sometimes frustrating and inconclusive if you want something that specific , 

you have found a jovial bunch that will give you what they can , many small markings are inspections and such , but often there is a tidbit that might offer more , depends on the rifle and its lifetime experience , post some photos - you might get lucky but you will get some sort of insight , 

you will often get some jesting and speculation that may well offer insight as well , 
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Thanks for the welcome y'all.

I figured that it would be a shot in the dark since I cannot find any location info on my M1 Garand either.

I do not have the firearm,,,wish I did,,,just looking to see if I could get lucky. Or the better if someone here has the rifle. I will locate the SN this weekend and start my research.

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Whats the serial number? That might at least give us a clue as to what type of rifle it was.
That was right about the middle of the change over from the No1 MkIII* to the No4 Mk1.
I doubt you'll find the exact one, but maybe you could track down which version & get one of those at least.
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Welcome from North Carolina.
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I finally got around to locating the serial number of my relatives firearm. After looking at the papers where it is recorded I am not so sure now that it is a serial number. But will give it a try,,,

The number is recorded in a booklet that I assume to be a record of items issued to him.

The first number is 96C1521 and next to it is 526858. The second number was smeared a bit so it may not be an absolute.

Eric

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96C1521 is in the format for a Savage built No. 4 Mk I*.  Made in Chicopee Falls.  Someone on the forum should be able to identify the year it was made, my guess is 1944, but that is just a guess based on the 96 prefix number. 

I don’t know what that other number would be.  
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My No4Mk1* Savage was made in late October of 43'. Serial number 73C2642.  The 96C**** should have been produced in  early to mid 1944...
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Thank y'all so much!!! 

Now to see if I can match up some dates,,,and buy another rifle.

Eric

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Any Enfield made months prior to June 6th 1944 for your replication purpose.
That includes the No1Mk111/* rifles as well...
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Sounds good. I watched a video yesterday on the SMLE history,,,1hr 40min long,,,and I thought the Garand history was confusing.

Eric
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Sharpshooter, you want to look for a Savage made No. 4 Mk 1* rifle built in the early part of 1944. These should all have the US PROPERTY stamp along the left upper edge of the receiver.  If you get lucky, you might even find one with the same prefix serial number range, i.e. 96CXXXX, but that might be tough as it narrows your search to less than 10,000 rifles that were made.  






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You mention your cousin and Canadian forces Sharpshooter82 In your search for a rifle, you could also look for a Canadian Long Branch made No4Mk1*. 
I have a newly acquired 1944 Long Branch with a serial number of 77L**** if that helps...
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