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From No4 Mk I (T) to L42 AI (Part 2)
From No4 Mk I (T) to L42 AI (Part 2)

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 2 – The 7.62 x 51 L42 A1

Rifle #K34325 - General Description

Caliber: ............................ 7.62 x 51mm NATO (.308 Winchester)
Rifling & Twist: ................. 6 Groove, Chordal, 1 twist in 305 mm (12 in), Right Hand
Barrel Length: .................. 27.5 in. (698.5mm)
Overall Length: ................ 46.5 in. (1185mm)
Weight: ........................... 10 lb. (4.53kg) (without scope)
Weight: ........................... 12 lb. 5oz. (5.72kg) (with scope)
Magazine Capacity: ........... 10 rounds
Converted: ...................... By R.S.A.F. Enfield from original .303 caliber No.4 Mk1 (T) sniper rifle – Dated 1974
Approval date: ................. August 24th, 1970
Scope: .............................. TEL. STRT. STG. L1A1 O.S. 2429 G.A. (converted No.32 Mk.3 Scope Mfd by Taylor-Hobson and Co # 25229)
Qty Mfg: .......................... Approximately 1,100-1,200 converted from 1970-1992 (as calculated by Daniel Cotterill)

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1) Rifle #K34325 on chest

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2) Left side showing scope number, M stamp on elevation drum, mount number and action markings

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3) Left side action showing

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4) LIAI Telescope markings

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5) Magazine showing CR12 code and hardened steel ejector

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6) Chordal barrel step and shortened woodwork

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7) Foresight protector

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8) Barrel flat proofing marks

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9) Rear of action scope number

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10) numbered Bottom stamp

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11) Topwood with pencil number

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12) Chest label

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13) Chest end with labels

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14) Matching scope in tin

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15) Chest with rifle and CES items

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Great article ,very informative and very helpful in identifying a genuine L42 A1
              Regards Bill G.
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Bill Gerritsen, Tue, 9 Sep 2014 12:31AM
 
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