Canadian Ross Mk.III (Model 1910) .303 Rifle (506611131) – Drill Purpose

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This Ross rifle is typical of many found around the world. After WWI many were deactivated for drill purpose by having a drill hole put through the barrel at the chamber. (this is visible in the pictures) Many of these rifles had there deactivation added to in later years, but few survive with only the original chamber hole as this one does.

This rifle was originally made in 1916. The serial number on the top of the receiver, only occurs on rifles that have been deactivated. The action, bolt, barrel and barrel bands are stamped DP (Drill Purpose). The woodwork has been refinished, but this may have been done in service due to the finish and that none of the metal work stands proud of the stock. The rear sight is missing and the front sight hood has been cut. The metal work retains about 60% of the original blue, with only some minor rust pitting to the top of the bolt.


Produced in Canada from 1903 until 1918, the Ross rifle was a straight-pull bolt action .303 inch-calibre rifle. While the Ross Mk.II (or Model 1905) was highly successful in target shooting before the First World War, the close chamber tolerances, lack of primary extraction and overall length made the Mk.III (or Model 1910) Ross rifle unsuitable for the conditions of trench warfare, exacerbated by the often poor quality ammunition issued. By 1916, the rifle had been withdrawn from front line service, but continued to be used by many snipers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force until the end of the war due to its exceptional accuracy.


Manufacturer Ross Rifle Company
Overall Length 1320mm 52”
Barrel Length 774mm 30.5”
Weight 3.9 Kg 8.6 Lbs
Cartridge .303 British
Magazine Capacity 5 Rounds