I have a No4 that has a brass plate on the side of the stock. What is it and what does it say? Thanks in advance.
I have no evidence, but I'm a bit skeptical. FTR is one thing, but the 1/3 or the 1/2 conversion by BSA? Why do it if there was no need?Yep, we’ve seen some of these ‘54 commercial BSAs come out of Ethiopia lately, so they definitely “got around” (unlike their ‘50s commercial MkIIIs).
maybe the contract started they (Dutch or whoever) wanted the rifles brought up to current specs?I have no evidence, but I'm a bit skeptical. FTR is one thing, but the 1/3 or the 1/2 conversion by BSA? Why do it if there was no need?
The UK government had Faz do it to older rifles because of a perceived issue with accuracy due to trigger being stock mounted. Hence the MkII design and the 1/3 or 1/2 conversion. But why add the cost to a commercial FTR contract when a new barrel and bolt adjustments would be more than enough to make the rifle like new mk1. No need for new parts around the trigger mounting, no need for new forend if older one is still good.
To the OP. That is one pretty cool rifle.