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1943 Lithgow

#1 Post by Hippycrowe » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:49 pm

I broke down and bought a #1Mk3 Lithgow 1943 bore is perfect and it headspaces with a Fostor field gauge. I have not owned one in years. Probably a put together rifle but it shoots better than any #1Mk3 I have ever had and I only have $220 in it
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#2 Post by vandle » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:57 pm

Thats a good price, and looks to be in good nick as well.

You should see what they are now asking for these in Oz, you would fall over
and they made millions of these.
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Re: 1943 Lithgow

#3 Post by Demo » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:49 am

vandle wrote:
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:57 pm
Thats a good price, and looks to be in good nick as well.

You should see what they are now asking for these in Oz, you would fall over
and they made millions of these.
Actually they made 650000 if your referring to Lithgows specifically.

Why is it a put together?

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#4 Post by vandle » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:13 am

Demo wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:49 am
vandle wrote:
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:57 pm
Thats a good price, and looks to be in good nick as well.

You should see what they are now asking for these in Oz, you would fall over
and they made millions of these.
Actually they made 650000 if your referring to Lithgows specifically.

Why is it a put together?
Comment was a little tongue in cheek :dance:
I was generalising a little. Was not referring to Lithgows specifically.
But you are right about the no. of Lithgows made
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#5 Post by Hippycrowe » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:23 pm

It has a 920a serial number but I cant find any import marks it may be they are too faint to see barrel is marked 920a as well
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Re: 1943 Lithgow

#6 Post by DaleH » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:37 pm

Does it have the recoil plates installed?

See this post here for more info, re: 'parts' guns from Lithgow parts:

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#7 Post by Hippycrowe » Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:48 pm

Yup looks like brass ones I read you should check to make sure you have them before shooting it.

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#8 Post by Alan De Enfield » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:48 am

If I remember correctly the A suffix rifles were 'parts' rifles assembled by the importer from all the 'bit & pieces' they purchased when Lithgow stopped production.
They even bought the work benches and stools - they cleaned the factory out completely.
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Re: 1943 Lithgow

#9 Post by Hippycrowe » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:06 pm

They done a good job putting it together it shoots nice and the bore is brand new and tight

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#10 Post by Tommy Atkins » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:15 pm

IIRC "A" was a non-standard part. Not necessarily a bitster.

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#11 Post by Alan De Enfield » Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:10 am

Tommy Atkins wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:15 pm
IIRC "A" was a non-standard part. Not necessarily a bitster.
I think you are confusing it with the No4 suffix system - where an 'A' means a non-standard part & is used to 'warn' the armourer that there may be something they cannot replace from 'stock items'.

When JJ (J Jovino) cleared the Lithgow plant, the rifles they assembled had no serial numbers so JJ made their own and used a 4-digit number & an A suffix.
Lithgow produced rifles had only a prefix with no suffix.

Maybe the answer lies in if it is import marked by Jovino - if it is not then alternative possibilities must exist.
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Re: 1943 Lithgow

#12 Post by Hippycrowe » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:19 am

I did hit a steel target at 400 yards with it had to set the rear sight to around 350 or so thats pretty good with grade b hxp ammo

I would bet real money its a JJ rifle they did a good job on it none of the other parts have numbers except tge bolt.

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Re: 1943 Lithgow

#13 Post by Alan De Enfield » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:25 am

Hippycrowe wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:19 am

I would bet real money its a JJ rifle
So would I.
Nothing wrong with it being a JJ rife, just as long as you know it is not a Lithgow built Rifle, and when you come to sell it you 'come clean' on its history.

I have a Lithgow action that was FR'd in India in '46 and put into cosmoline and storage, I have built it up using parts from all manufacturers and all countries it is a true 'mongrel / bitsa' although to look at it you may think it was a scrubbed Lithgow.
It is a 'shooter', not a 'collector'.
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Re: 1943 Lithgow

#14 Post by Hippycrowe » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:11 pm

Just like the Danish Garands good shooters really no collector value

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