No.4 Mk.I T Sniper BSA (F30768)
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In an original transit case, this No.4 Mk.IT is in excellent condition. The rifle was originally made in1944 by BSA (M47C) and was converted to sniper by Holland and Holland. The "S51" stamped on the heel of the grip confirms H&H conversion.
This rifle was assembled with a No.32 Mk.III scope. The serial number on the scope is stamped into the top of the butt stock, near the socket. This scope was made by Cooke, Troughton & Simms, which is in excellent condition with clear lenses. This scope has been officially waterproofed and the lenses bloomed
The rifle is in excellent condition. The serial numbers match on the Bolt, Receiver, Barrel and fore end. Originally made by BSA 1944 converted by H&H.
The scope bracket is original, but mis-matched to the rifle. I believe that the bracket may have been replaced during a refit.
Overall, excellent condition, original No.4 Mk. I T.
During the Second World War, standard No. 4 rifles, selected for their accuracy during factory testing, were modified by the addition of a wooden cheek rising-piece, and telescopic sight mounts designed to accept the No. 32 telescopic sight.
Initially 1,403 trials No. 4 Mk. I rifles were converted at RSAF Enfield, as well as a few others - including Stevens-Savage No. 4s. These were converted in late 1941 and into the later part of 1942. Conversions were subsequently done by Holland & Holland, which converted around 23,000 No. 4 Mk. I (T) and No. 4 Mk. I* (T) sniper rifles. Around 3,000 rifles, mostly Stevens-Savage, appear to have been partially converted by Holland & Holland but never received brackets, scopes, or the final "T" mark. Canada converted about 1,588 rifles at Small Arms Limited (to the end of 1945) and, in 1946, at Canadian Arsenals Limited. Both were located at Long Branch, Ontario. The No.4 (T) rifles were extensively employed in various conflicts until the late 1960s.