I got this one when they were first imported. I believe this one was not issued.
Is it possible that the ears were modified while the rifle was still in stores, so not actually issued? I think a lot of the post-war FTR programs for rifles and bayonets were a case of "make work".It was most certainly issued, to someone, somewhere, at some time. The open front sight ears are a late/postwar improvement.
Some of the typical markings - see #6, #10, #37, #38Hi Limpetmine. I am trying to learn. Can you describe the sold out of service marks, and their location on the rifle? Thank you.
I'd say the reason for no refurb dates of 'X/43' would be down to the fact they'd have been given a once over by a base depot either overseas or here and then sent back out to deploying units quickly rather than time going back to the SAF. I have also seen a few rifles rebarrelled around the early 1942 dates with no 'VII'I think the word unissued is way overused. But I will say that I’ve seen at least two C prefixed 1941 lithgows that were absolutely brand new caked in dried cosmolene. Not making any suggestions re issued/unissued……..I hate the word myself but these were absolutely unused rifles.
Matty is there any detail on those rifles returned from the Middle East regarding the repairs or refurb? Any identifying marks? I’ve never seen a 43 date stamp on a butt indicating a repair that I can recall.
Get little debate out of me, I’ve no idea really only that I’ve never noted any marks to indicate a repair or refurb at the earlier stages of the war. Seen plenty of rifles with a mix of parts that I suspect may have qualified but pointless bringing them up here because I’m sure the doctrine purist would discount any legitimacy without a date stamp or real known marks to prove it. It’s an absolute grey area.I'd say the reason for no refurb dates of 'X/43' would be down to the fact they'd have been given a once over by a base depot either overseas or here and then sent back out to deploying units quickly rather than time going back to the SAF. I have also seen a few rifles rebarrelled around the early 1942 dates with no 'VII'
on the barrel signifying rebarreling at the SAF. This is my personal belief and happy to have a debate from others on this with regards to the rebarreling and no X/43 dates on butts. The information I have seen with regards to ordnance activities was from the history of the RAAOC who describe the hurried activities to get equipment back to the divisions once they returned home in 1942. Happy to send you part copies Demo!