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10 Sep. 2007
2:45pm

The early MER mk. I rifles, first issued in the mid-1890s, were issued with rods, which were the same as the rods on the contemporary long Lee-Enfield rifles. These rods were later removed in 1899.

As for the MER mk. IIs, first issued in serious numbers in 1900, the interesting thing is that the foreends continued to be made with a channel for the rod, but the rod nut was not fitted, making it impossible to install the rod (it just falls out w/o a nut to screw into).

Just an interesting FYI.

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10:10am

That's right, Rob, it's a half-length rod. The MLM mk. II and the MLE rods are the same. Last year at a gun show, I bought a couple of repro ones from John Denner, the Canadian dealer. He said he had no more, but I don't know if he meant with him at the show or ever in eternity. Why not drop him an e-mail? He's at http://www.denner.ca.

All the best,

Coggansfield
 
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