Ok guys what do these mean im sure it has something to do with decommishening
+1, as long as it's checked over by a good gunsmith before being fired. A couple of British guys mentioned in a recent thread that they recall having completely functional (with the exception of a ground-off firing pin) Enfields in their boyhood schools, so there's the chance that you could get a near-perfect example from a DP rifle.I wouldn't be opposed to using them either way. I have a decent collection of Enfields at this point so I wouldn't mind actually having a DP rifle in my collection, just to have one.
Lets not confuse the issue:Basically DP means the 'item' (Rifle, bayonet, radio) is beyond acceptable tolerances and is not viable to repair (economical or pratical).
Aside from the unknown number that were drawn from standard stock (to make up the numbers) isnt it true that DP rifles (as a first choice) were taken from those marked up BER, ZF etc ?The rifles for selected and marked for DP use may or may not have been selected because they were out of military gauging limits.
The UK military terms for general equipment repair status (BLR, BER, etc) are temporary marks and are unrelated to the "DP" marks.
UK DP rifles were usually converted in large batches, and its not likely that a trickle of scrap rifles returned to depots would cover anything like the requirement - even if they were stored instead of being scrapped immediately. I've seen a very large number of DP rifles in my service career and in the civilian gun trade, and don't recall ever seeing a "ZF" stamp or a "BER" paint scar on any of them. I count No1s (no white bands!), L59A1s, UK FN Trials rifles (Para & SF selection) and L1A1 SLRs (replaced the FNs in about 1996). The latter two types of DP were clearly made up from mint condition rifles - sadly.....Aside from the unknown number that were drawn from standard stock (to make up the numbers) isnt it true that DP rifles (as a first choice) were taken from those marked up BER, ZF etc ?
We have to be cautious about some of the stencilled marks, as of course UK didn't have a monopoly on the alphabet - and there may be a "BLR" which is in fact a rack marking of some kind. Judging from the number of scrubbed No5s turning up in the US with "BLR" stencilled on them, there is a possibility that these are normal weapons from an asian country.I know of a shop that has a No4 rifle on the rack with a large BLR stenciled on the butt. One of the scrubbed and dot matrix serialed rifles. For that I reckon they set the juicy price tag...which is about $100 higher than normal.