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Australian Lithgow No.1 Mk.III* .303 Rifle (F38828)

Availability: Out of stock

$2,895.00

Quick Overview

Built in 1945 this rifle appears to have never been used and is in outstanding condition. There is very minor wear to the parkerised finish and the woodwork has a number minor dings and dents. There is a small chip from the butt near the buttplate. The barrel is unfired. The bolt has some very fine pitting and staining on the polished areas. All serial numbers are matching.

Details

Built in 1945 this rifle appears to have never been used and is in outstanding condition. There is very minor wear to the parkerised finish and the woodwork has a number minor dings and dents. There is a small chip from the butt near the buttplate. The barrel is unfired. The bolt has some very fine pitting and staining on the polished areas. Serial numbers (bolt, receiver, fore-end, nosecap) are matching. The barrel and rear sight are un-numbered which is typical of rifles produced towards the end of the war.

Introduced on 26 January 1907, the SMLE Mk.III rifle would remain, with minor variations, in Australian service for some fifty years. Production of the rifle began in Australia in 1912 with the opening of a small arms factory at Lithgow, NSW. The last Mk.III* rifle made at Lithgow, was made in 1953, although rifles continued to be repaired there for some years after.

Specifications

SPECIFICATION METRIC IMPERIAL
Manufacturer Lithgow
Overall Length 1118mm 44"
Barrel Length 640mm 25.2"
Weight 3.96 Kg 8 lbs 12 oz
Calibre .303
Magazine 10 Rounds