This is a WWII Enfield No.1 Mk III Caliber .303 rifle. This rifle was produced prior to India's independence from British control at the Ishapore Arsenal outside Calcutta, India. These rifles were manufactured under the same quality control as any British Enfield using British tooling and British inspectors. No.1 Mk III rifles produced at the Ishapore Arsenal were sent all over the world. These WWII Ishapore No.1 Mk III rifles saw extensive service throughout WWII especially in North African, Italian, Pacific and Burmese theaters of war.
This No.1 Mk III is a WWII rifle showing the stamped Crown and GRI referring to George Rex, Imperator (i.e. King George VI last Emperor of India.) This Enfield went through a post WWII Factory rework in 1946 as can be see by the side band stamp FR 46. Rifle has all stamped matching numbers: receiver, bolt, rear sight and nose cap. Magazine is a mismatch which is common for field use rifles. Bore is excellent condition: bright with sharp lands and no pitting. Wood is in good condition with the normal handling marks. A few minor arsenal stock repairs. Has a brass butt plate. Rifle has a black protective coating to resist tropical conditions. This Mk III was at one point in time used as a grenade launching rifle since it is bound with cooper wire and silver solder. Only one grenade launching rifle was assigned to a British Rifle Squad. Rifle has been test fired with Caliber .303 ammunition and shoots to point of aim. This is an uncommon Enfield example to add to a collection or use as a shooter. Rifle is from an estate. Has a very small hard to read import mark. Credit cards 3.2% Many additional detailed photos on request. 53076