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New to me, mkiii☆

#1 Post by Brian50 » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:57 pm

I recently purchased a no1. Mkiii☆. On the wrist on the right side under the bolt handle, from top to bottom, a crown, below it, GR, BELOW THAT 1918, below that SHT, L.E, then below that III☆. The bolt retainer, has a U. The receiver ring has a W, over a serial number, I assume. Other side of the ring, are some what I assume are proof marks. Any help would be appreciated

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Re: New to me, mkiii☆

#2 Post by 72 usmc » Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:27 pm

Did you see this write up?
https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/gun-r ... le-mk-iii/

https://www.allaboutenfields.co.nz/smle/

http://oldbritishguns.com/smle-mk-iii

Nice see http://www.4thgordons.com/So%20you%20wa ... nfield.pdf
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Re: New to me, mkiii☆

#3 Post by Tommy Atkins » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:40 pm

"U" is cast iron (gunmetal), the type of metal used to make the bolt-head.
GR Is King George, indicating a military purchase.
ShtLE is BSA speak for SMLE same thing different acronym.
It was made in 1918 as a No 1 MkIII* having the simplified construction without the volley sights, magazine cur off & so on.
"W" is the letter prefix of the serial number & so part of that number

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#4 Post by Brian50 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:09 pm

Thank you, both for the information, this is my first jump into the British rifles

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#5 Post by maxwell smart » Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:30 am

Sht LE is an abbreviation for SMLE; it was used by all SMLE manufacturers during WW1.

Does your rifle have the letters "NRF" or "SSA" on the top left rear corner of the receiver?

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#6 Post by Brian50 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:56 pm

It does have a NRF, then further forward left side of receiver again, is a very faint, Uk/ENG. Stamped below the NRF, is 84. Left side of trigger is a c, and e. Another c appears on the trigger guard. The muzzle cap has a arrow, over a crown, a L2, below the crown, then what appears to be a large B

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Re: New to me, mkiii☆

#7 Post by maxwell smart » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:03 am

Your rifle is a "peddled scheme" one, from the National Rifle Factory.

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