Mind schooling me in on the difference? Everything I found said it was an enfield. Guess I learn something new everyday!Well it's not an Enfield. That's a 1943 Maltby. For a '43 ROFM it looks way too good to me.
Only that you said:Mind schooling me in on the difference? Everything I found said it was an enfield. Guess I learn something new everyday!
1943 ROF Enfield No4 Mk1
Not sure why this would be...mid-war Maltbys tend to show excellent fit and finish. This one looks very much like it could be one of the unissued ones from the Turkish tender of five or six years ago. I've got one, and it's a beauty. If the bolt on this one matches, all the better...they weren't very careful matching them up (the Turkish batch, I mean). Very nice rifle...if it's like a lot of Maltbys mentioned hereabouts (including my two), it ought to be a very good shooter.For a '43 ROFM it looks way too good to me.
What areas of the rifle do you need photos of to get a better judgement?Most mid-war Maltbys were rode hard and it's very unusual to find one in that nice of shape. I didn't want to make any assumptions based on the few photos. Slim chance of finding one in near-new condition these days, didn't see any FTR markings, not enough to go on for me to tell if the stock and finish were all original correct or a more recent restock....I have no way of knowing sitting here on my end.
I certainly didn't want to poo-poo someone's rifle on a WAG, so all I said was how good it looked to me (which it does)...and without making any mention of me shaking my head. Which fortunately nobody could hear shaking
I agree, it looks good to me and likely Turk. The front band rust/discoloration seems typical even on unissued ones. Mag bright blue vs. duller metal on rest of receiver also typical. I have a couple just like this and matching and saw many, many more in equally nice shape from the Turk batch that unfortunately had the bolt swapped.That's what I'm saying JB...a pretty good number of the Turkish bunch seem to have been unissued (and a lot of the ones that I've seen turn up are Maltbys), and are in like new condition. From both the pictures and the importer's billboard, I'm willing to be that this is one from that lot. There's actually a pretty good chance of scoring a really nice mid-war No.4 these days thanks to the Turks.
As many photos as you can take. It's not often we see one in that shape! Postwar rifles and FTR's yes, but hardly ever a midwar rifle. They exist but are seldom seen. Focus on areas with markings. Maltby was a little sparce in that department but anything helps. Especially on the wood if there are any on the underside of the butt and forend.What areas of the rifle do you need photos of to get a better judgement?
They aren't all that rare. I have an UNFFIRED 1942 Long Branch that evidently only came out of its crate long enough to have NZ property marks stamped on it. The REST of the rifles in that crate were consecutively serialed (both the LB AND NZ serials) to each other (and to my rifle) when I bought it in the late 1960's.