This is a beautiful example of a scarce early British Pattern 1913 trials rifle in the very rare British .276 caliber. This rifle was manufactured in 1912/13 with a total production of only 1252 manufactured in two groups; approximately 508 in late 1912 and 743 in early 1913. These rifle wee issued to issued to several British commands; namely the northern and southern commands in England, Egypt, Northern Ireland, South Africa and the School of Musketry. They saw heavy use with all eventually being returned. Some saw a very limited use in WWI, however they proved to be inferior to the standard Lee Enfield and were pulled from service. All were eventually sold off as commercial rifles in the 1950s. This beautiful rifle remains in its all original, unaltered condition with its original five-lands and groove barrel that correctly measures .276 diameter. It has the all blued metal finish with the bright polished bolt body. It retains its original one-piece walnut stock and two handguards with the stock having the early pattern four angled, grasping grooves on each side of the forestock area. These were later dropped in favor of horizontal finger grooves, in the Pattern 14 and 1917 Enfields. The right side of the receiver is stamped with the early serial number "289", which is also stamped on the right side of the stock and on the side of the base of the bolt handle. The top of the receiver ring is proofed with a double acceptance and firing proof, that is a "Crown/40/E" and a "Crown/X5" proof with a third proof at the edge of he wood line that looks like a "Crown/L5". Proof. The left rear side of the receiver is stamped with a "S" over a "Double Broad Arrow" indicating it was released for commercial sales. The rifle still retains the early, original volley sights that are mounted on the left side of the rifle stock and rear receiver. It is complete with a WWI type Enfield web sling.
Very fine with 90% of its original blue finish with some thinning and blue loss on the buttplate. The revarnished stock and handguard are both in fine condition with the wood being very lightly cleaned (not sanded) with some of the heavier pressure dents improved with old type wood filler. The stock and handguard have been lightly reoiled/varnished overall. The markings are clear and sharp. These rifles are difficult to obtain in any condition with this, fine condition rifle being difficult to improve or upgrade on. If you are a British rifle collector, don't let this one get away!
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