Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21
  1. #1
    Registered member aussie mick's avatar in War relics WW2 military forums
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Brisbane Australia
    Age
    53
    P
    419

    Default Australian 303 Rifle

    Hi Fellas,
    I have a 1943 Lithgow SMLE III*
    My Question is,Is there a Data base or register of serial numbers anywhere.
    Im just wondering if its possible to track a rifle,from its manufacture to issue and finally decommission.
    Cheers Mick


  2. #2
    Registered member VolksJager's avatar in War relics WW2 military forums
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Perth, Australia
    Age
    33
    P
    1,549

    Default Re: Australian 303 Rifle

    No idea, well at least I have never heard of one anyways. I am sure an LE collector will chime in eventually

    Jason
    Looking for German Normandy and DAK Militaria

    Militaria for sale at my Quicksales store in Australia, PM me for the link!

  3. #3

    Default Re: Australian 303 Rifle

    Theres no records of for individual guns but the gun itself maybe able to give you some idea of where its been during its life, just look at the markings and research what they are.

  4. #4
    WRF Club member Thanatos's avatar in War relics WW2 military forums
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Tasmania Australia
    Age
    47
    P
    2,814

    Default Re: Australian 303 Rifle

    Gday Mick,
    You may find something re it's manufacture at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum in Lithgow.
    Lithgow Tourism Information - Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
    Hope this helps mate.
    Cheers and all the best
    Dave

    DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI

  5. #5
    WRF Club member Glenn66's avatar in War relics WW2 military forums
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Miles from anywhere (Qatar)
    Age
    48
    P
    5,380

    Default Re: Australian 303 Rifle

    Slightly off topic but the 303 I had in cadets up in Rocky in 1983 was stamped 1916. Wish I could have somehow kept that old jigga, I remember it was mighty heavy for a 15yr old as I was.

  6. #6
    Registered member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Cornwall U.K,
    Age
    66
    P
    1,835

    Default Re: Australian 303 Rifle

    Hi Mick,
    I know there is a Lee Enfield Forum you may be able to get the info you need there, i think they are the best to ask if you cant get your answers here. There is also good books by Skip Statton & Ian Skennerton that cover them.
    hope this helps.
    Dave.

  7. #7
    WRF Club member 4md's avatar in War relics WW2 military forums
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    South Australia
    Age
    42
    P
    891

    Default Re: Australian 303 Rifle

    gday mick, a 1943 lithgow should have a E prefix in front of the serial number, the e prefix started in 1942 and ended 1944. If the barrel is original it should have a date around this time as well. your rifle was probably assembled in the orange factory near lithgow, with markings OA on most of the parts.but there could be other markings as well as it could have other factory parts as well eg, BA- bathurst, MA- lithgow, FA- Forbes, WA- Wellington.
    the furniture will be marked SLAZ for slazenger
    there was 138700 rifles made in 42-43 and 116200 rifles made in 43-44, unfortunately i dont think there is any way of telling what unit war time rifles were issued to as they are not usually marked like earlier rifles.
    the photo is of my 1942 lithgow, OA IS stamped on the site protector.I dont know of any lithgow serial number data base

    you may be able to track what happened to it by looking at the rifle
    for example if its got a peep site and the rear site removed it was probably used post war as a range rifle....if it looks all original with matching serial numbers on all the parts and in great condition it may have sat in storage
    i hope this helps a bit
    regards Paul
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture -731.jpg  
    Last edited by 4md; 03-18-2012 at 09:40 PM.

  8. #8
    Registered member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Cornwall U.K,
    Age
    66
    P
    1,835

    Default Re: Australian 303 Rifle

    Hi Paul,
    i knew someone would have some info on it, thanks for putting your pic up, can you show some more of your rifle they are great rifles. i have two in my collection.
    Dave.

  9. #9
    WRF Club member 4md's avatar in War relics WW2 military forums
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    South Australia
    Age
    42
    P
    891

    Default Re: Australian 303 Rifle

    hopefully you can post some pics mick, and you Dave as well, i never get tired of looking at lee enfields
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture -737.jpg  

  10. #10
    Registered member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Cornwall U.K,
    Age
    66
    P
    1,835

    Default Re: Australian 303 Rifle

    Hi,
    Here are two of my Enfields one 1914 and the other 1918, both nice rifles, these are my oldest ones. I do have others from W.W.2, one Fazakerley, Long Branch
    and B.S.A, hope you like them.
    dave.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture -my-rifles.jpg   -enfields-001.jpg  

    -enfields-002.jpg   -enfields-004.jpg  

    -enfields-005.jpg   -enfields-007.jpg  


Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Question Australian badge.

    By mpw in forum Insignia, Flags and regalia
    06-30-2012, 10:44 PM
  2. Australian ARP Wardens

    By aussie mick in forum Doc's, paper items, photos, propaganda
    02-13-2012, 05:28 AM
  3. Australian Vietnam MI?

    By tbk0000 in forum US M1 steel helmet forum
    07-28-2011, 01:28 AM
  4. Australian WW2 Ammunition Box

    By Woodsy in forum Equipment and Field gear
    07-21-2010, 03:14 AM
  5. Australian Mk 111

    By aussie mick in forum Helmets
    12-31-2009, 10:45 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks