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    Posted: May 30 2020 at 1:13pm
he!!o everyone,

I am now the proud owner of a 1943 lee enfield long branch. Could anyone help explain these markings to me? “YC” and “49”?

There is also an “S” on the top of the butt stock. Any help will be appreciated!
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seeing if I can bump this thread.
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Can't help with the YC 49, Guessing an inspector number & date (1949), but the "S" is for "Short". Lee Enfields were matched to individual troops by swapping butt stocks about for the best fit. They came in 4 lengths "B" (bantam), "S" (Short), unmarked (normal) & "L" (Long).
I believe they were each 1" longer than the shorter, but I may be wrong.
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Originally posted by Shamu Shamu wrote:

Can't help with the YC 49, Guessing an inspector number & date (1949), but the "S" is for "Short". Lee Enfields were matched to individual troops by swapping butt stocks about for the best fit. They came in 4 lengths "B" (bantam), "S" (Short), unmarked (normal) & "L" (Long).
I believe they were each 1" longer than the shorter, but I may be wrong.



1/2" difference between sizes.

I know there was a 'Bantam' size for the No1 Mk3 to allow for the 'small underage kids' that signed up in WW1, but I'm not aware that there was a Bantam size for the No4 rifle.

Each size had its own part number.

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