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Note the "wire loop" lower sling swivels added...and no dust covers for the clip ejection ports.
I hate when I fixate so much on one aspect of a photo, I miss something else completely!

TP, don't those rear sling swivel loops look familiar?

As far as no dust covers, it is not too unusual depending on the time frame.
TP is right on the money. The covers were developed and introduced in December of 1914. This photo could be around that time frame before they were issued. Supposedly they were not popular with some troops, but I could never understand the reason why.
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