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Lot 1566: British No.4 Mk.I (T) Enfield Sniper Rifle

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Very Fine British M47C No. 4 Mk. I (T) Enfield Bolt Action Sniper Rifle with Scope, Scope Case, Transit Case and Scout Regiment Scope

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,000 - $9,000

Very Fine British M47C No. 4 Mk. I (T) Enfield Bolt Action Sniper Rifle with Scope, Scope Case, Transit Case and Scout Regiment Scope

Manufacturer: BSA Shirley
Model: No 4 MKI
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 303
Barrel: 25 inch round
Finish: matte black
Grip:
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 782
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 384
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Dated 1944 on the butt socket above a "TR" stamp, this is a fine No. 4 Mk. I (T) sniper rifle. The 4 Mk. 1 (T) was Great Britain's go-to military sniper rifle for World War II and the opening of the Cold War. Blade front and folding peep rear sights, the latter with the fixed battle sight properly cut off to accommodate the scope, and a pair of bases mounted to the left side of the receiver. Matching numbers are present on the bolt, receiver, magazine and forearm, and the top of the wrist is numbered "20071" to match the scope. A raised cheekpiece has been mounted on the buttstock with a brown leather sling and a smooth alloy buttplate. The No. 32 Mk. 3 scope is marked with a red paint "W" and numbered to match the buttstock, with leather lens caps, "730" and "731" marked rings and a "B/36193" marked ring base. A #15 Mark I transit chest is included, finished in OD green with some transit markings overpainted in tan, and a tan painted #8 scope case (numbered to a different rifle/scope set). Inside the transit case is an extra magazine, some small parts and cleaning tools, and a socket bayonet with a sheath and tan canvas belt frog. A Mark IIs "Scout Regiment" telescope is also included, sans endcaps, brass construction with leather covers; this was a traditional (but often absent) piece of British sniper kit, to be used for target identification and observation in support of the mounted optic on the rifle. Also included with the grouping is a number of military items, including a British field compass in a 1929 dated leather case, a small tin containing a folding can opener and a grenade pin (grenade not included), canvas bandolier with stripper clips, M1 Garand style cleaning rod, 1950 dated "ABL" pocketknife, and a post-WWII "Union Jack" flag.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 80% of the matte black finish overall, with some areas of wear and flaking, mixed brown and gray patina on the exposed steel, and mild handling marks. The stock shows mild dents and scuffs. Both the included scopes have solid optics, with the sniper scope showing minor external wear and the scout scope showing a number of dents and scuffs on the body, with the internal rear lens cover absent. The cases show wear and tear appropriate to age, with a few of the screws securing the carry handles to the transit case coming undone. Mechanically excellent.



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