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From No4 Mk I (T) to L42 AI
From No4 Mk I (T) to L42 AI
By Graeme "broadarrow303" Barber

This two part article describes how two No4 MkI Rifles manufactured at Birmingham Small Arms factory in 1944 were selected then converted into sniper rifles. Part 1 describes the journey for .303 rifle No4 Mk1 (T) # R33857 while Part 2 describes the journey for 7.62 x 51 rifle L42 A1  #K34325.

Part 1 – The .303 No4 MkI (T)

Rifle R33857 - General Description

Caliber: ................................. .303 in.
Rifling & Twist: ........................ 5 Groove, Enfield, Left Hand
Barrel Length: .......................... 25.2 in. (640mm)
Overall Length: ........................ 44.5 in. (1130mm)
Weight: .................................. 11 lb. 10 oz. (5.3kg)
Magazine Capacity: .................. 10 rounds
Rifle approval date: .................. February 12th, 1942
Rifle Manufactured ……………........ B.S.A. Shirley (M 47 C) 1944 # R33857
Rifle Converted: ....................... by Holland & Holland (S51)
Scope: .................................... TEL. SGT. No32 MkIII O.S. 2039 A
(Mfd by Taylor, Hobson and Co) # 24860
Mk III Scope approval date: ...... October 7th, 1944
Total Qty No4 (T) Mfd: .............. 23,177
Production from Sept. 22nd, 1942 to March 21st, 1946  - 9861 fitted with MkIII scope  (as calculated by Peter Laidler)

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1)Full Right hand view

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2)Full left hand view

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3)Left side action-1

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4)No 32 Mk III telescope-1

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5)Right side of rifle

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6)Left side butt socket

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7)Holland and Holland stamp

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8)Rifle serial no, scope no

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9)Rifle serial no underside wood

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10)No15 MkI Chest

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11)No 8 scope tin

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12)Unissued oil bottle

   
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Great rifle..as a long time no.4T fan I always enjoy seeing another well preserved example.
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gcbno4, Sat, 10 Mar 2012 7:38AM
 
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