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Old 08-03-2014, 9:01 AM
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Default Another 1915 SMLE

Just picked up this 1915 BSA no 1 mk 3. Sight is mismatch but still retains windage, forend # is illegible. Bolt, nosecap, and barrel match receiver although barrel is a 1918 replacement. Bore is very good. Mag cutoff is still there as well as volley sight and peep sight, however the dial plate is off a P14 but the pointer is correct, so obviously someone found it without volley sight and added the incorrect one which you sometimes see on some "restorations"when a SMLE has its volley sights, typically it's an SMLE with an earlier long lee dial. But, being as nosecap is a match I don't believe its a full restoration, someone may have swapped out forends, or this one could be original and dial was missing... Who knows. Anyway, I already have a nice 1915 BSA, I mainly purchased this for the accessories that it came with: a Sanderson hooked quillion P1907 bayonet, made in Dec '08, as well as a P1908 frog early war version with rivets and strap, both hard to find. I have been looking for a hooky for a number of years and this is the first affordable one I have found. Unfortunately some bonehead did some heavy cleaning of the patina and blueing, and grips are obviously replacements but it is still worth as much or even a few hundred more than the entire purchase price, so the rifle and frog are just icing on the cake.

My other 1915 BSA
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Old 08-03-2014, 9:57 AM
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Sweet pick up, congrats! She's a beauty. That's great that you have an original pointer, spring washer and screw for the front volley sight, those are the hardest parts to find. I saw a correct dial plate recently for the Mk III, if I can find it again I'll send you a PM.
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Old 08-03-2014, 11:48 AM
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Lovely - a personal tribute to the 100th anniversary.

Great looking set up.
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