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No.1 MkIII* H.T. Sniper Rifle #40068
Austalian No.1 MkIII* H.T. Sniper Rifle (Medium Bracket) Serial #40068
(Converted by Lithgow 1944-46)

c/w A.O.C. Model 1918 (3x) Scope Serial #40068
(Mfg by Australian Optical Co., Victoria)

Caliber: ....................... .303 in.
Rifling & Twist: .............. 5 Groove, Enfield, Left Hand, 1 Turn in 10"
Groove Depth: ............. .005 in.
Width of Lands: ........... .0936 in.
Overall Length: ............. 44.5 in. (1130 mm)
Barrel Length: ............... 25.2 in.(640 mm)
Weight: ....................... 10 lb 10 oz (4.8 kg) unloaded
Mag Capacity: ............... 10 rounds
Scope: ......................... A.O.C. (Australian Optical Co. Ltd. Model 1918 (3x) Scope)
Qty Converted: ............  1,612 completed out of contract for 2,500 by Lithgow 1944-46 & 1954-55
.................................... 481 (Short Bracket)
.................................... 1,131 (Medium  Bracket)
(Note: The first batch went into stores in November 1944 and the last in February 1946.
This rifle serial #40068 - Date to Stores was March 15th, 1945
(See page 562 "The Lee Enfield" by Skennerton)
Production ceased Feb 15, 1946.  At Lithgow, 100 rifles were FTR'd between July 1954 and April 1955.)


Source: .... The British Sniper by Ian Skennerton (1983) - ISBN: 0949749036
Source: .... The Lee Enfield by Ian Skennerton (2007) - ISBN: 9780949749826
Source: .... Small Arms Identification Series #19 by Ian Skennerton (2004) - ISBN: 0949749494


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