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RRPG Club dig 19.08.12 'Army Dump' Finds!

Article about: Hi all, had a really hot day on site yesterday. But some good finds made as always All my finds ready to be cleaned Really pleased to find some MKIV Sten stocks, i have plenty so if anybody

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    I was out with my wife and daughter at the local Steam railway, (Great Central), and had a couple of minutes spare waiting for a train to take us back to the main station. I wandered off down the platform to the 1940s NAAFI cafe to have a look at the very small collection of stuff they have in there as a mini museum.

    This was in one of the cupboards. Shame mine wasn't in such good condition.



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    Hi all

    Well I paid a short visit to the army dump to get some bits to give away at The Victory Show. I had an hour spare so, of course, had to do a little bit of digging.

    WH had told me that he'd left lots of bayonet scabbard bits lying on the surface where he was so I went over that way and, sure enough, the spot where WH was was absolutely full of scabbard parts. After 15 minutes I moved over a little bit to the side of where WH had been digging to a spot where someone had started digging but left it fairly shallow. I dug down another 12 inches and hit a 'seam' of bayonet bits. I moved over and tracked the hole in a slightly different direction and hit a seam of something else. Sten stocks, butt plates and thousands upon thousands of MG Belt starter tabs !!!!! And I mean thousands ! I was pushing my hand into the seam and literally scoping out 50 tabs in one go.

    Unfortunately most were badly fire damaged but, once I find the edge of the fire, there will be plenty not damaged.

    So, for an hours quick bit of digging, here is what I recovered..............

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    I just took a couple of the MG belt starter tabs with me. I left about 1000 behind on the surface

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    Sten Mk 5 stocks

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    These bits are as rusty as hell but I think they could be weapon related. The small rod contains a spring and, as you can see, what looks like a firing pin. Anyone recognise these bits from any weapon ?

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    Buckles and gasmask bits

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    Butt plates. I've cleaned them up.....24 hours in vinegar then a scrub with a brillo pad

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    Lee-Enfield ones.....

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    This one I think is an Enfield-Snider, but it might not be

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    The tongue is nicely marked. Just working out the unit as I write

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    This one I think is an early Lee-Enfield butt plate

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    And is also marked.

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    Not bad for an hour Nice little spot just to the side of where WH had been digging at the weekend

    Laters

    Steve T
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    Most of the butt plates appear to be for Lee-Enfield Mark I rifles (long Lees). The "V" on the unit markings indicates a Volunteer unit, but I can't read the rest of the markings. Can you type them out please?

    Why do you think the tubular butts are Sten Mark V? The Mark V had a wood butt stock like a rifle.

    Regards
    TonyE
    British Military Smallarms and Ammunition
    Collector, Researcher and Pedant
    https://sites.google.com/site/britmilammo/

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    They were burnt Tony. The wooden stock has gone leaving just the metal components. They are definitely Mk V Sten stocks as they have the typical Sten mounting ring and lug.

    The Enfield-Snider butt plate says V Mx 18 S as far as I can tell

    Cheers

    Steve T

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    Here you go Tony.....took some better pictures for you.

    As you can see, these are Mk 5 Sten stocks without the wooden stock itself, which has been burnt off as is the norm at the site where we get them from.


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    Mk 5 stock for comparison

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    Cheers

    Steve T
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    Fair enough! I did not realise they had been burned!

    The butt plate markings indicate issue to the Middlesex Volunteers (V Mx) The 18 should be a rack number, but not sure about the "S", unless it is a "5"?

    Regards
    TonyE
    British Military Smallarms and Ammunition
    Collector, Researcher and Pedant
    https://sites.google.com/site/britmilammo/

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    a couple of cleaned up gas mask front ends, both dated 1942 and eye pieces. These sat in vinegar for a about a week and then had a go over with the dremel

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    Nice bit of cleaning there They look great

    Here's some more of my stuff cleaned up. Mk 5 Sten stocks.

    Just gave them a whack with the hammer to remove all the rust. Nice little display pieces

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