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Lot 3609: Enfield No.4 Mk I (T) Sniper Rifle with Scope and Case

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

World War II British Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T) Bolt Action Sniper Rifle with No. 32 Mk III Scope, Transit Case and Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

World War II British Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T) Bolt Action Sniper Rifle with No. 32 Mk III Scope, Transit Case and Accessories

Manufacturer: Enfield
Model: 4MK1
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 303
Barrel: 25 inch round
Finish: phosphate/black
Stock: hardwood
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 304
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1942, the Number 4 Mark 1 (T) Sniper was the signature sniper weapon of Great Britain up to the 1960s, serving well in both World War II and Korea. Blade front and folding ladder rear sights, with the fixed "battle sight" properly removed from the latter to accommodate the scope. The receiver is marked "No4 MkI*" on the left side, with a "crown/BNP" receiver ring and the socket marked "ENGLAND/15C5961/S/1942/(flaming bomb)". A matching serial number is also present on the bolt. Smooth straight wrist stock, with "JC/(broad arrow)" on the underside of the forearm, a proper raised cheekpiece screwed to the comb, and an alloy buttplate. The scope is installed in a ring set with "C 37825" on the left, and "X838" and "X837" on the front and rear ring halves. The scope body bears the Number 32 Mk 3 nomenclature over "O.S. 2039 A/AK&S No17686/1945/(broad arrow)". Included with the rifle is a green painted hardwood transit case, with a Golden State Arms label identifying the contents of the case as an Enfield Sniper, and a green painted metal scope case.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 80% of the black finish on the barrel and barrel bands, showing some light wear and handling marks, and 85% of the phosphate finish remaining on the receiver, showing areas of mixed gray patina, edge wear and handling marks. The stock is fine, with mild scratches and dents. The scope body has turned a brown patina with verdigris from contact with the lens caps, with good optics and some roughness around the edges of the reticle post. The transit case is very good, with some scuffs, dents and finish loss, and the scope case shows some internal repairs, with the support posts re-welded into place. Mechanically excellent.

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