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Item #41068

Extremely Rare British No. 1 Mk. VI SMLE Troop Trials Rifle

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

  • Description: Serial #763A, .303 British, 25" barrel with an excellent, bright bore. This is one of 1,025 Pattern "B" rifles made by RSAF Enfield in 1931 for the trials that led directly to the design and adoption of the No. 4 rifle. The wrist socket has the "G (Crown) R" cypher, and the original serial number ("A0484"), which was struck-through when the rifle was renumbered upon being taken into reserve status during WW2. The metal has retained 90-95% of the original blue on the receiver, with silvering along the high edges and projections, as well as along the bearing surfaces of the matching numbered bolt. The exposed portion of the barrel retains a commensurate amount of a black, Suncorite finish with flaking to blue-gray metal underneath, and also has post-war Birmingham commercial proofs on the underside (the receiver is also Birmingham proofed). The stock, checkered forend, and hanguard are in fine shape with only some minor handling marks scattered about the arsenal reapplied finish. This is a fine example of an extremely rare pre-war British trials rifle, and would make a splendid addition to any collection. FFL or C&R