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    Posted: June 08 2021 at 11:27pm
Can anyone identify a year according to these markings?  There is no year stamped anywhere.  This is pretty much all of the markings.  As a side note, the bolt is not original, the serial is different.  Thank you.


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none of that will give a year , its a no1 mkIII* if im seeing right , it is wearing an earlier mkIII stock , that could mean something or not because we dont know it to be an original to the rifle , the stock should be WWI era vintage ,  looks like a BSA and ill guess its commercial based on top marks in picture 2 
the rest of the marks are proofing i think 

looks a nice rifle to me 
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Howdy;
Looks like the Broad Arrow inserted inside in the U?=
South African ownership.
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Anyone seen the Tardis Box anywhere? 🤨
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not sure where you are seeing that but ill give you that - i cant see all that well anymore , i am seeing the stacked rifles on top which generally indicate a BSA commercial - im sure others will jump in as time goes by , lots of proofs tho for commercial sales 
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Originally posted by A square 10 A square 10 wrote:

not sure where you are seeing that but ill give you that - i cant see all that well anymore , i am seeing the stacked rifles on top which generally indicate a BSA commercial - im sure others will jump in as time goes by , lots of proofs tho for commercial sales 
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I (believe) I’m seeing it in the first photo above the S/N kinda inbeded in with the NP & Tonnage stamp marks,don’t trust me eye sight either mate & just trying to bring some attention to it to identify.
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There is nothing stamped on the wrist socket where the bolt handle rests?
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he!!o, no, no stamp.  From what I can find, they didn't stamp the wrist for commercially made rifles.  This one was part of a bulk purchase by the South African Union Army.
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OK , SGonger , i think i see what you mean there i guess i was seeing it a little different at first study but now im picking that out 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Zed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2021 at 11:18am
Yes there is the South African service stamp; but it was originally built as a commercial sale by BSA; hence no date stamp on the wrist. It looks like a very nice rifle.

I would recommend cleaning out the gas vent hole, seen in the 3rd photo.
If the bolt is non matching; you should check the fit of the bolt lugs for equal contact and the headspace.
The bolt lug fit is important for safety and also accuracy. If the bolt only contacts on one lug it will flex and if that contact is on the short lug; it can shear across the bolt (although this is rare).
If in doubt, get it checked by a Armourer that knows Lee Enfields. In the USA, Brian d**k at BDL is probably the man to see.
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Thank you, these pictures are a year old.  Since they were taken, the gun has been completely broken down, cleaned, lubed and put back together.  The barrel is like glass.  I took it to the range and it is shooting pretty consistently hitting a 6x8 steel plate at one hundred yards.  I think that is very very good for an SMLE of this age.  Its been in my closet for 35 years never had been shot by me.  I have no idea when it was used before that, as it was given to me from a person who has also had it sitting in an attic for years before. 
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