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Item #42870

British No. 1 Mk. III* SMLE rifle by BSA (Post-War Austrian Police)

  • Maker: BSA
  • Model: SMLE
  • Caliber: .303

  • Description: Serial #F87066, .303 British, 25" barrel with an excellent, bright bore. This is a 1917-dated rifle that has retained 80-85% of the original blue on the receiver and matching nosecap, with gray fading along the raised edges and bearing surfaces. The matching bolt has about 50% blue remaining, with freckling and fading on the handle. The rifle has profuse British military stamps, as well as a post-WW2 Austrian Police "OSTERR / (eagle) / GENDARMERIE" stamp on the knox-form. The walnut forend, handguards, and buttstock are in good-very good shape with minor handling marks and small surface blemishes throughout, as well as a slightly different finish on the "L" marked buttstock. There is a minor chip at the heel of the brass buttplate too. The rifle comes with a single unnumbered magazine, and is a very good-near fine example of a post-war marked SMLE. FFL or C&R