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    Posted: October 22 2020 at 6:56pm
I purchased a 1942 Lithgow #1 Mk 3 this weekend at a show. I've been looking for one for a shooter and liked the price. The nose cap, receiver, and bolt numbers all match. The thing i don't understand is there is a rectangular cutout in the stock under the rear sight. Anybody know what this was for? I'm just learning about these. Always been an American arms person so first British war firearm.
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It sounds like your rifle is missing the protective ears for the rear sight. The metal ears are a single piece that tuck under the barrel and are fastened to the forend by a screw. A cutout on each side of the forend provides a gap for them.
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As above - does it have the rear sight protector 'ears' ?






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or he is missing the fingers of one or both handguards they were often broken and removed , 
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Maybe this comparison will help.
The "fingers" hide the sight base when fitted.
When I got the rifle they were removed so I replaced them with complete parts.
Either way is "correct", because many were intentionally removed because they were fragile. But I found it ugly & put the new ones on.

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Originally posted by Shamu Shamu wrote:

Maybe this comparison will help.
The "fingers" hide the sight base when fitted.
When I got the rifle they were removed so I replaced them with complete parts.
Either way is "correct", because many were intentionally removed because they were fragile. But I found it ugly & put the new ones on.


Whilst what you say is true, I would not relate the OP's statement :

The thing i don't understand is there is a rectangular cutout in the stock under the rear sight.

With "missing fingers"

'Missing Fingers does not leave a rectangular cutout in the forend (stock)
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"'Missing Fingers does not leave a rectangular cutout in the forend (stock)"
How can you say that? You're looking right at a picture of one!
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Thats not a cut out in the forestock, thats missing fingers.
The notch under the rear sight protector would be a notch in the forestock.
Maybe if a pic was posted we'd have a better idea.
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Originally posted by Shamu Shamu wrote:

"'Missing Fingers does not leave a rectangular cutout in the forend (stock)"
How can you say that? You're looking right at a picture of one!

I can say it because it isn't a 'rectangular cut in the stock'.
It is pieces broken (cut) off the handguards.

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I wonder if, as the poster says it's his "first British war firearm" he considers any wooden piece on the rifle "part of the stock." Potato749, using the mug shots supplied by other members, can you point out the one that looks most like your culprit?
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Op quote: The thing i don't understand is there is a rectangular cutout in the stock under the rear sight. 

I think he is referring to the opening for the screw that attaches the ears to the forestock 
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I don't know. He says he's unfamiliar, so we're just putting up options to try & help him at this point.
It could be the missing fingers, the cut out for the front sight "ears" or something "Bubba" did.
Well find out more when he gets back to us.
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I am just guessing from the way it is phrased.  I believe he is missing the ears and figured out how to remove the forestock without cracking it and noticed the area that the ears sit in.
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um going to agree that the words "cutout in the stock" do lend more to the former than my latter suggestion , hopefully the OP will post a picture or verbally clarify , as shamu notes we are speculating at this point 
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"I can say it because it isn't a 'rectangular cut in the stock'."
But that is not what he said!
"The thing i don't understand is there is a rectangular cutout in the stock under the rear sight"
If he's unfamiliar with the Nomenclature, which he admits, it could be either.
We simply don't have enough info yet.
Once he sees the various images & alternatives he'll be able to help us to help him.
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hope he bothers to come back and look - the photos you posted tell it all , thanks for pitting an image of exactly why one needs to be concise in nomenclature and or clear about what they are describing 
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