A Collector of Military rifles 1865-1970
I wanted to showcase a rifle I’ve had for a few months, and can’t wait to take to the range. I found this Asiatic beauty in a Arizona gun store for $250, a steal by my standards. This rifle was manufactured in 1967 at the Ishapore Arsenal in Ishapur India. It’s chambered in 7.62x51 NATO, with a 12 round detachable magazine. This gun is 90% parts matching with everything but the front sights matching. There is one screw missing, on the front sights as well. The Rifle was in pretty good condition when I found it, and I gave it a thorough cleaning to make it shine. Like many of its type, there is a hairline fracture in the top portion of the wooden handguard. The bore is in surprisingly good condition despite the Corrosive ammo this rifle most likely used while in the hands of the Indian army. I hope to obtain an Ishapore Lee-Enfield MK.III SMLE at some point, but I’m super happy to have this rifle for now.