British No.4 Mk.I T .303 Barrelled Receiver (31354)
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These barrelled receivers were purchased from India. They are from original British No.4 MkI T rifles. It appears that the rifles at one point were refurbished, as the actions do show that they have been polished at one point. During the polishing process some of the original "T" markings have been removed
These barrelled receivers still have the pads fitted to take the scope bracket, and the original barrels show heavy wear. The actions and barrels are marked "DP" for drill purpose, but in this case was probably for obsolescence and ease of storage
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.