Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 441: WWII British BSA No. 4 Mk. I (T) Enfield Sniper Rifle

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Exceptional World War II British BSA No. 4 Mk. I (T) Enfield Bolt Action Sniper Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $7,500

Exceptional World War II British BSA No. 4 Mk. I (T) Enfield Bolt Action Sniper Rifle

Manufacturer: BSA Shirley
Model: No 4 MKI
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 303 British
Barrel: 25 inch round
Finish: black/blue
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 655
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 345
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This BSA manufactured No. 4 Mk. I (T) Enfield Sniper rifle is fitted with a No. 32 Mk. I scope and mount. "M47C/ENGLAND/1944/D31526/TR" marked on the left of the stock socket. The comb of the stock has a hardwood cheekpiece held on with two wood screws. Standard blade front sight and "N67" marked ladder rear sight with the peep correctly removed. The correct British acceptance proofs are located on the underside of the stock at the front of the forend and the wrist along with "S51" behind the pistol grip area indicating conversion by H&H. What appears to be "32326" (a few numbers are overstamped) is stamped on the underside of the forend and "24438" is stamped on top of the wrist. The scope is marked "TEL. SIGHTING/No 32 MK/W/1942 No 2311/OS 466 A/(broad arrow)" on the tube, and it has the standard post and cross-hair reticle pattern. Cast scope mount marked "AS9379". The top and bottom half of the scope rings are marked "52" and "53". Includes a reproduction brown leather sling and leather scope covers.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 90% wartime arsenal applied blackened oil finish on the receiver, bolt, stock socket, bands and trigger guard, and 80% original blue finish on the barrel and forend cap with a few small areas of light pitting. Wood is also very fine with defined edges, some light handling marks, and crisp stampings. Mechanically excellent. Scope and mount are both very fine with 90% blue finish on the tube with some scattered scratches and 70% black paint on the brass adjustment base with some flaking, and crisp/clear optics. Absent caps on the scope adjustment turrets.

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