This is a BSA SMLE MkIII* dated 1917 in original condition, with an excellent barrel and bolt assembly. The rifle appears to have retained most of its original parts with the bayonet boss, rear sight, receiver and woodwork all have matching numbers. Whilst I have checked the rifle for serviceability, headspace and the bore, the rifle remains untouched. The rifling is superb and reflects the rifles minimal use. The woodwork has the typical transit marks associated with a rifle of this age and there is some lose of finish to the barrel band, charger bridge, magazine and rearsight protector. In summary, rifles in this condition are rarely found these days and therefore would make an excellent addition to any Enfield collection.
Metal work is very good with no damage. There is some loss of finish to the charger bridge. Receiver markings consist of the BSA logo, year of manufacture, serial number, proof marks and inspectors stamps. There is minimal wear to the receiver and the bolt cycles smoothly without any excess movement. The rifle is fitted with a fully adjustable SMLE rearsight, which has matching serial number.
The bolt has been gauged for correct headspace and firing pin protrusion. Bolt face is excellent and unmarked, Bolt head and the bolt body, have the customary proof marks. The bolt has matching numbers with the receiver and is fitted with the standard MkIII* cocking piece.
I am assuming the barrel has been replaced at some stage due to it excellent condition, the rifling is sharp, bright and the lead is fully intact highlighting minimal wear.
The furniture is good condition, but has the typical finish associated with the rifles age. Woodwork is numbered to the receiver.
The the rifle is fitted with a replica leather sling, pull through and oil bottle