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    Posted: January 25 2020 at 4:52pm
goosic , thats how i saw it but armorer i could be wrong 

FWIW - my old eyes are less than reliable these days unless i can magnify and really scrutinize , 
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i agree , save i think it 43 , nice rifle - if its original you have a keeper 


I thought is was a 43, but having 'blown up' the picture it now looks (to me) like a 45.

That's the problem with poorly struck markings they can be interpreted in different ways by different eyes.

I think another thing in the favour of it being a 45 is the scrubbed action and the quality of the markings - that is only consistent with the second run of production in 45.

This is what I see



There is 'damage' on the marking and it all looks blurred (like the ShtLE III)
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Originally posted by A square 10 A square 10 wrote:

i agree , save i think it 43 , nice rifle - if its original you have a keeper 


I thought is was a 43, but having 'blown up' the picture it now looks (to me) like a 45.

That's the problem with poorly struck markings they can be interpreted in different ways by different eyes.

I think another thing in the favour of it being a 45 it the scrubbed action and the quality of the markings - that is only consistent with the second run of production in 45.

This is what I see



There is 'damage' on the marking and it all looks blurred (like the ShtLE III)
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Thank you, it look all original. All serial numbers match. Bore/barrel are great.
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i agree , save i think it 43 , nice rifle - if its original you have a keeper 
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Thanks for the help. I was trying to learn what I had, you put it to rest.
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Here is the OP's rifle.
Don't think there is any question, it one of the BSA 1945 dispersal rifles looks like its one of the scrubbed and re-used / remarked actions.

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Thank you for the information, I’m thinking this is what I have. Pictures provided by Mr. Armourer look like the stamping on mine, only difference is on my rifle the “b” looks to be lowercase and double struck/punched one on top of the other.
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Originally posted by rchoat rchoat wrote:

It could be a lower case “b”, it looks double struck. I wish I could get the picture to upload.

Thanks for the help.


If you want to send me a PM with the picture (or an email address and I'll contact you) I'll add the picture to the thread.

Here are a couple of pictures of Dispersal BSA's (Note the B below and to the left of the crown & GR)
Note the 2nd picture is using a re-cycled, scrubbed and re-dated action. Anything just to get it out into the 'field'.



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Up until 1940, BSA made normal high-quality No1 MkIII* on limited military contracts, marked with the usual Crown and BSA&Co, as well as identical rifles just marked "BSA&Co" for commercial sale and export.

With the invasion scare, the Ministry of Supply ordered BSA to make rifles out of whatever parts it could get together. Hence the rifles were made of mixtures of commercial and military parts, mixed walnut and beech wood (or all-beech), later on No4 butts and firing pin/cocking pieces. A second wave of production in 1945 even used recycled and re-dated receivers.

About the same time the emergency rifle production was started, BSA was ordered to disperse its many Birmingham factories away from the bomb-target central area, and also to increase war production by diluting experienced staff with war staff. BSA was a huge engineering group, and this "Dispersal" programme led to 70 seperate factories being set up, moved and/or expanded. Rifle production involved several of these factories (both No1s and No4s), and this type of "all available parts" No1 has become known as a "Dispersal rifle". Technically, even the No4s were Dispersals, as well as motorbikes, bicycles, aircraft parts, machine guns and heavy weaponry...

BSA marked these rifles with just the first "B" of BSA&Co. Presumably this was to dissociate the company from these slightly less-than top quality peacetime rifles!

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in 1943 a no1 mkIII* built in england would have been a BSA made dispersal rifle - they were the only one making them at that time in that place , 
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It could be a lower case “b”, it looks double struck. I wish I could get the picture to upload.

Thanks for the help.
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Originally posted by rchoat rchoat wrote:

Sorry the pic didn’t work. Its a No. 1 Mk 111*, made in 1943. 

Thumb plate looks like this:

Crown
G.R.
Possible “L” or “E” the rest can’t be read
1943
SHT LE
III*

Proof marks:
Crown
G.P.
Cross Flags
L

Best I can do, thanks.


Could that "L" or "E" be a single letter "B" ?

If it is then it is a BSA assembled rifle from the 'Dispersal scheme'

If it turns out to be a B then I'll post up more information.
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