Nice going, Eckman, my May '55 Mk.2 had it's bayonet pilfered so unwrapping wasn't that big of a deal collector-wise. Twas pretty messy tho'! I kept all of the removed cardboard and paper in large zip lock bags.
The bayonet does match and I will unwrap it this winter
as I plan on shooting it. I thought about keeping it wrapped but I can't enjoy it that way.
The dealer who received this for me had another No4 MKII. It was a PF serial number No4 , all matching , flaking painted finish and it was South African marked. Bore was an 8+ out of 10. He also had an FTR'ed LSA SMLE that was restamped to match, funny thing was the bolt and rear sight still had the old serial numbers on them. Bore was a 7 out of 10 and the barrel was dated 1944. Stock was not so good.
A few posts up an unwrapped Faz went for over 800 , kind of makes you think " What would an unwrapped one go for ? " But I'm keeping mine !
To my understanding, Only the rifles that got issued actually had numbered bayonets. The rifles in the wrap are un-issued and shouldn't have a matching bayonet... Just a new one in the wrap un-numbered. This is the way mine came.
I've seen at least three mummy wrapped PF55's with matching bayonets. JMHO, but unwrapping and shooting one of these is over the top. There are lots of No4 MkII shooters out there, for a lot less than these wrapped ones are. But if you must, you make all the others more valuable, sooner! Enjoy!
I was in Billings, Montana about 10 or 11 years ago and a gun shop had a pair of absolutely new No4, MkII's dated 51 and 54. They were $99 each if I bought the pair. I still have them in the back of my gun room someplace. They shot really well with my 215 grain cast bullet target load. ~Andy
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