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I have an all matching 1915 BSA SMLE that I'm cleaning up from the cosmo dunk tank and I noticed that the replacement beech forearm that it picked up while in service doesnt have any serial number on it. It has all the brit markings and proofs just no serial number (no foreign markings, ishy screws, FR or FTR markings either). The forearm is identical to the original issue brit forearms that I have only missing a serial #. Were there some unnumbered brit forearms made just prior to the start of WW II, or right at the beginning, solely for replacement purposes for older SMLEs? Or unnumbered forearms given to unit armorers for repairs? Would make sense...
 

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Beech No1 forends were produced from sometime around 1941. They first appear on "Dispersal" rifles as factory-fitted original forends, but then frequently appear on any No1 that was re-wooded with spare parts during and after WW2. The forends are un-numbered in their unfitted state. The majority of service-fitted forends were numbered according to military practice, but its quite likely that this gradually fell by the wayside as the rifles became obsolescent in UK service. Forends fitted in South Africa (a major rebuilder of No1s) are commonly un-numbered.
 
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