I tried to pry off the rear hand guard but it is on pretty tight. I’m afraid to pry too much as I don’t want to break the thin parts of the wood that go along the sides of the rear sight.Based on the crack at the rear of the forearm, I highly recommend disassembling & inspecting the forearm before you shoot it. There is no need to remove the buttstock, but if you decide to, you need to remove it after the forearm (and replace it prior to replacing the forearm).
It looks like a nice rifle, and with ammo, sling & bayonet, you pretty much stole it!!
We would also like to see pics of the markings under the rear handguard (which can be gently pried up from the rear without disassembly), as well as any markings on the left side of the butt socket (opposite the BSA markings).
I tried to pry off the rear hand guard but it is on pretty tight. I’m afraid to pry too much as I don’t want to break the thin parts of the wood that go along the sides of the rear sight.
Not entirely sure which is why I said "IIRC" I vaguely recall a series of Military Districts with letter/number combos in Oz.Plonker please enlighten me as to where you are referring please.
Establishment of military districts
Prior to the Federation of Australia, each colony maintained its own military and naval forces.
After Federation, the forces came under control of the Commonwealth. To assist with administration of the new Australian army, each state was allocated a military district to be known by its state name. The Northern Territory was not allotted to a district, although it was administered by South Australia. It was re-allocated to Queensland in 1911.
In 1911 the boundaries for the military districts were changed. Although based on states, the new districts did not strictly follow state boundaries: