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    Posted: November 28 2020 at 11:01am
Closer examination of the lettering under the bolt looks to show an  E R or an F R if that helps Goosic.
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Originally posted by Charlie Gillman Charlie Gillman wrote:

FF marking under the bolt handle stands for Fianna Fail. This Enfield was either sold or issued to the Irish. Very interesting history. 
The FF, "under" the bolt handle is not an Irish stamp.  It would have been stamped on the top of the reciever with a F superimposed over another F inside a circle. 
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Originally posted by A square 10 A square 10 wrote:

seems you cant bait hoadie in tonight , 

webley made pistols and revolvers - enfield only revolvers and rifles , 

the rifles box magazine was loaded with chargers [stripper clips to us yanks ] 



Thats because Hoadie was away hunting @ the cabin again.

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Thanks for that tidbit. It's more info to add to the growing list of things. No one has mentioned the meaning of the '42 marking on the barrel. Seeing that it is the normal way of indicating the year of something I'm wondering if the barrel might of been replaced in 1942 before being returned to service. Any thoughts ??

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FF marking under the bolt handle stands for Fianna Fail. This Enfield was either sold or issued to the Irish. Very interesting history. 
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seems you cant bait hoadie in tonight , 

webley made pistols and revolvers - enfield only revolvers and rifles , 

the rifles box magazine was loaded with chargers [stripper clips to us yanks ] 
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Yeppers there was also a Enfield "Pistol" (revolver) that was a "Gun" as well!

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I have hunted with this rifle for 40 years with no issue except for the aftermarket Williams sight not being adjusted right for me. That might have been the reason the previous owner sold it to me so cheaply. All's well now.
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Originally posted by The Armourer The Armourer wrote:

GUNS ??
GUNS ???
See definitions in:
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noun
  1. 1.
    a weapon incorporating a metal tube from which bullets, she!!s, or other missiles are propelled by explosive force, typically making a characteristic loud, sharp noise.
    Similar:
    firearm
    weapon
    shooter
    cannon
    piece
    heater
    gat
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    roscoe
    shooting iron
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      INFORMAL
      muscular arms; well-developed biceps muscles.
      "it's encouraging to note that Schwarzenegger wasn't born with massive guns"
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      cause (an engine) to race.
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    Yes, plural of "gun"! Evil Smile We have to give Hoadie something to do now & then.

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    Welcome to the forum.
    As mentioned your rifle is a Short Magazine Lee Enfield MkIII*.
    It appears from the information given that the bolt is not matched to the serial number on the receiver.
    That is unfortunate; as the bolts were hand fitted to each receiver to ensure even contact at the recoil lug area. it is possible that a mismatched bolt could be OK. But it should be carefully checked before firing.
    If all the recoil is taken on one lug instead of evenly across the two; it will result in generally poor accuracy, premature wear and possible lug failure.
    If the bolt had been replaced in service, it would have been re-numbered to suite
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    GUNS ??
    GUNS ???
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    Its a change in the naming conventions which is confusing you.
    The S.M.L.E. is the same as a ShtLE, which is the same as a Rifle No1 MkIII (or III*). The names changed the guns are all the same with very minor differences.
    I suppose you could call it a "Short Magazine Lee Enfield No1 MkIII" but thats a heck of a mouthful.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote A square 10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2020 at 4:50pm
    its a mkIII* by 1916 BSA had converted from the mkIII , my 1915 is still a mkIII but it was one of the later ones if my research is correct , this is a very fine example of the WWI era rifles tho , assuming the rest is intact 

    if i am correct in a latter post you indicated the charger bridge is gone , that makes it less so - intact it would be a great rifle , without it is in question , others will chime in , this may well be a great hunting rifle - sporters are discussed at length here as well , enjoy your enfield 

    and wecome to the fold , 
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