Australian Lithgow No.1 Mk.III* .303 Rifle (78889)
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This rifle has been rebuilt from original parts. The woodwork is original Australian coachwood. The action is Lithgow made, dated 1943. All other metalwork, except for the barrel is Australian made in excellent condition. The barrel is a new RFI made. This rifle is a great representative piece of the No.1 Mk.III rifle, and a great shooter.
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.
|Weight||3.96 Kg||8 lbs 12 oz|