Australian Enfield 1917 No.1 Mk.III .303 Rifle (A1798)
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This No.1 Mk. III* rifle was originally built by Enfield in 1917, and then sold to Australia. Probably during the war. The "D" with the arrow inside it, is the early Australian ownership marking commonly used during WWI. This rifle has this stamp on the barrel, action and butt stock.
On the but stock there is the issue markings to the 3rd Military District with the district number. This marking is also on the top of the receiver, and the numbers match.
The factory serial numbers on the Bolt, Action, barrel and nose cap also match. The serial number on the rear sight is matched, but this has been renumbered. This may have happened when this rifle was upgraded to Mk.VII "high velocity" (HV) ammunition. The butt stock is stamped with the HV along with III*(for rifle model). Possibly, the conversion to Mk. VII ammunition occurred as late as the beginning of WWII. The steel butt disk denoted drill purpose and this may have been placed in the rifle after the war (WWI) due to the sighting for Mk.VI ammunition
The wood work is marked and dented, and some has been replaced due to ware or damage through the years, but accept for the rear hand guard, I am sure that the woodwork has been with this rifle for many years.
A good original WWI/WWII Australian rifle
In 1907 the No.1 Mk III rifle was adopted. At the time, this was a culmination of numerous models which dated from 1888. From the start, there were infantry rifles, cavalry and artillery carbines. in 1904 there was a standard short rifle adopted for all services, and in 1907, with all of the improvements, the No.1 Mk.III rifle was adopted.
This rifle was a 10 shot magazine, charger loaded, short rifle, but it still held aspects of the past. On the left hand side of the rifle there was a long range volley sight for harassing fire out to 2800 yds and a magazine cut-off to allow volley fire without using ammunition from the magazine.
This would change in the years of WWI, (No.1 Mk. III*) but the basic rifle remained in service in Australia until 1958 and in India, as a third line rifle, until recently.(2019)