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Here's a couple of shots of my '41. Slathered in green paint but matching bolt and forend as well as original barrel. No letter prefix so I guess this is the 2,528th off the line, assuming they started at 10,000?

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@Ruprecht, good gravy, that's a brilliant rifle. Wow. The green paint, it may be my screen, but I can't make it out save for the stuff on the magazine. Is it the period theater paint, or a stateside job? I can't see it well enough to determine...it may be that the rifle itself has temporarily blinded me. :)
 

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@Ruprecht, good gravy, that's a brilliant rifle. Wow. The green paint, it may be my screen, but I can't make it out save for the stuff on the magazine. Is it the period theater paint, or a stateside job? I can't see it well enough to determine...it may be that the rifle itself has temporarily blinded me. :)
It is an official Military authorised 'amendment', allowing the previously used Vaseline (petroleum jelly) to be used for other applications.

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It is an official Military authorised 'amendment', allowing the previously used Vaseline (petroleum jelly) to be used for other applications.
I have a Malby with the green paint, mostly intact still, but what I was asking was if Ruprecht's rifle has the theater paint you're talking about, or a paint applied much later. I don't see much green paint at all on his rifle, that's why I was asking. (y)
 

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@Ruprecht, good gravy, that's a brilliant rifle. Wow. The green paint, it may be my screen, but I can't make it out save for the stuff on the magazine. Is it the period theater paint, or a stateside job? I can't see it well enough to determine...it may be that the rifle itself has temporarily blinded me. :)
I assume it was done in service, but who knows? As always, it does a good job and there's no corrosion at all under the barrel. My only other '41 is a Fazakerley. The only '41 BSA's I've seen for sale had too many replacement parts for the price and Long Branch's of that vintage are worth their weight in gold up here.

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I assume it was done in service, but who knows? As always, it does a good job and there's no corrosion at all under the barrel. My only other '41 is a Fazakerley. The only '41 BSA's I've seen for sale had too many replacement parts for the price and Long Branch's of that vintage are worth their weight in gold up here.

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I switched to my laptop. and sure enough, I can see those blotches of green paint now, all along the woodline and on the safety too. Now I see what you’re talking about, and certainly it was done in service like AdE mentioned. My one rifle that has that theater paint looks of the same color as yours.

Again, thanks for sharing those pics. Very sharp rifles. 👍🏻👍🏻
 

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Maltby used the roll mark stamp only in 1941. Then they hired the one armed blind guy to stamp the markings after that.
(JK, their markings are notoriously poor).
Then Fazakerley employed his twin brother and the competition was on for whose stamps could make the most inventory guys cross eyed.
 
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