The serial number is actually 78 C 0788 which means that is it the 780,788th rifle built at the Savage (C = Chicopee) factory.Hi for everyone, and thanks in advance.
After some nights reading about Enfields, I don't have all the answers to my questions, so please, I need some help to confirm my presumptions about my Enfiled and its history. For this purposes, I'm posting some pictures.
I think that this is the original Nº 780.788 service rifle, model No 4 MI I, built in late 1943 by Savage Arms to The British Goverment under The Lend-Lease agreement. Despite the extensive discussion there about the meaning of FR, this stamp is on buttstock right side, and the stamp 7 51 on the lower side of buttstock indicate (or probably) it was field/factory repaired, somewhere in England on July 1951 (by who?). This beauty was rebarreled with a new Long Branch (LB stamp) 2 twist unit (by gunsmith or inspector 4?). Although word "ENGLAND" export mark isn't stamped on receiver ring, the barrel has the NP Nitro Proof test done in England to all rifles for export (to where?. NO US Federal import mark code). I'm aware that some companies or regiments mark their number in lower side of forend, but I'm not sure what they mean in my original Savage first variation forend (7 CO = 7th Company??, 07 C( )=??).
Another mystery to my are:
* The marks on the bottom of the action body (inspector marks),
* The letter P and the rare stamp (inspector crown?) on upper side of bolt handle,
* A No 1 in the lower side of bolt handle,
* The same rare stamp (crown?) on bolt handle is also stamped on receiver, right side,
* Why the serial number is stamped on lower side of magazine?
* 3 C W stamp on buttstock lower side, above to the 7 51 stamp.
* Some letters and numbers stamped around the action body and barrel (4, 5, 8, K, E).
I hope that the knowledge on the subject of many of you can help.
PD: Excuse my English, but I live outside the US.
If a rifle is marked with 'England' that is an IMPORT mark from the receiving country - it is NOT an EXPORT mark, we did not mark for export.
The NP mark means it has been proof tested in the UK for sale to the UK civilian gun trade, so, it was sold to a UK civilian dealer and then either to a UK civilian, or to a US importer. The NP is NOT an export mark.
Hope that is a help for some of the markings.