This is a Enfield SMLE MkIII dated 1912. It was brought back from WW1 and has remained in the family ever since. It was passed down from the great grandfather to the grandfather and more recently to the son. In all that time it has only been shot once. The rifle retains all its original parts and the foresight protector, 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. As a MkIII, the rifle has the customary magazine cut off and is complete with its volley sights. In summary, rifles of this origin and 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 Enfield logo, year of manufacture, serial number, proof marks and inspectors stamps. There is zero 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 early cocking piece.
The barrel is original and in superb condition. Since WW1 the rifle has only been fired once.
The furniture is walnut and in good original condition, but has the typical finish associated with the rifles age. Woodwork is numbered to the receiver and fitted with the front volley sight. The butt is fitted with a brass butt plate and the butt disc is marked 10.13, 10H & 112.