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Just bought my first Enfield - 1942 Long Branch

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I'm a Finn Mosin collector and haven't had the opportunity to play with an Enfield until a few months ago I got to shoot one... I enjoyed it but I hadn't really considered buying one until I went into a new gun store today and looked at their over-priced milsurps. The owner showed me a plain-Jane Swedish Mauser on consignment for $1900!!! lol

So I mention that I like old military rifles and he says "hey I have an old Enfield in back, I'm asking $125 for it." so he went to get it. Here are the pics:

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Ahh, uhhh. That CMk.3 can sometimes be very difficult to find. It is not very sturdy, the battle-sight has a tendency to get butt-stroked off in the gun safe by another rifle being put in alongside it (ask me how I know). Probably can be repaired, IF you can find the parts. Brian Dick (BDLLTD) may have parts, such as the sight slide. A worthwhile and correct fix is to by a Mk1 (milled steel) backsight from someone like Springfield Sporters. At my last check, SS had both new and used Mk1's for sale - about $20, IIRC. Were it me, I'd buy a used one to match the wear on the rifle. $125 for that wartime Mk.1* is almost a steal. I think that the LB rifles are second only to the BSA in fit and finish. Well done!
Was curious so I just checked the SS site; "milled rear sight, new", $25. Just must love the folks divesting themselves of 'old military crap' :) It is highly unlikely that you will find any history of the rifle based on the import mark other than from which exporter and when the rifle was purchased for import. No.4s almost never ever have any historical markings on them from unit, etc. Some of the No.4s imported from Turkey had stacking rods - something that only the Turks did and some years ago I bought a near-new '49LB from Brian Dick who identified the rifle as one of several "Greek contract" LBs. Serial numbers can be researched for the rifles having been one of a batch of certain 'contract' rifles and some No.4s may be found with ownership markings such as the Thai-owned rifles. SMLEs often have a lot more information that can be read from their markings such as stampings, paint, ownership markings such as : '17 BSA with D^D, walnut and coachwood mixed, green tropical paint, military district number, various markings on the butt, dates on the wood, barrel date and serial number yielding some information but nothing really definitive or the Ost. Gend. SMLEs of the Austrian post-WWII force. CAI imported large numbers of No.4s; a very common importer stamp (CAI, St. Albans, VT). For many of us the knowledge or at least reasonable assurance that our milsurp saw service is an important issue and for others, NIB is as good as it gets whether it is a '55 Fazakerly or a Browning A-bolt. I will guess that a '42 LB likely saw service in WWII - desperate times for the Commonwealth, cannot imagine it sitting in a rack when even the Home Guard was strapped. Purely conjecture. Enjoy!
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