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LB No.4 Mk.1 repaired handguard

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LB No.4 Mk.1 repaired handguard

#1 Post by DWM » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:18 pm

I posted this up on the old forum not long before it went down, so I thought that I'd post again. I bought a lot of 8 guns at the RIA Regional Auction and this guy was one of them. When I unpacked it I noticed the angled marks on the handguard. I can't see any crack that was repaired, but that was the general consensus.

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#2 Post by Hippycrowe » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:55 pm

I had a 1903 Springfield that had the same type if repair that is a nice rifle

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#3 Post by boltactionbill » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:09 pm

I had previously posted a picture of the hand guard from my 1909 Argentine Mauser with the exact same type of repair.
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#4 Post by Esu_1985 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:47 pm

I have a 1940 LB no4 that has repairs very Similar to that. No visible cracks either. I'll try to get a few photos up.

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#5 Post by Esu_1985 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:04 pm

Here we go. It does look like there was a small crack starting to form.

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Brian Dick of EFD rifles suggested that this rifle had seen service in Greece (based on a 46' FTR stamp on the collar). I also spotted a very similar LB No. 4 that has Greek militia markings. http://www.gunbroker.com/item/636787649 (hope posting ended auctions is ok here). I am wondering if this type of repair may have been prevalent in Greece based on these examples. Does your rifle have any markings that would indicate time spent in Greece?

I wonder if any of these other examples could have possibly spent time there.

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#6 Post by DWM » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:07 am

Esu_1985 wrote:
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:04 pm
Here we go. It does look like there was a small crack starting to form.

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Brian Dick of EFD rifles suggested that this rifle had seen service in Greece (based on a 46' FTR stamp on the collar). I also spotted a very similar LB No. 4 that has Greek militia markings. http://www.gunbroker.com/item/636787649 (hope posting ended auctions is ok here). I am wondering if this type of repair may have been prevalent in Greece based on these examples. Does your rifle have any markings that would indicate time spent in Greece?

I wonder if any of these other examples could have possibly spent time there.
I don't think so, I'll have to take another look at it.
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#7 Post by Esu_1985 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:21 am

I meant to say that one on gunbroker had similar repairs, hopefully you saw that in the photos!

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#8 Post by Candyman » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:03 pm

These type of repairs are common, dating back to the 50s. It's a basic wood craft repair to stop cracks. You will find them on guns from many different countries .
Here are three similar repairs on a 1953 Romanian M44 in my collection.
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