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BSA 1938 SMLE No 1 MKIII

Article about: Seems to be a lot of SMLE's being posted on here recently so I thought I'd bung some pics up of this one I have, it's a 1938 BSA No1 MKIII, deactivated unfortunately. It's a MKIII but at som

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    Default BSA 1938 SMLE No 1 MKIII

    Seems to be a lot of SMLE's being posted on here recently so I thought I'd bung some pics up of this one I have, it's a 1938 BSA No1 MKIII, deactivated unfortunately. It's a MKIII but at some stage of its life the mag cut off has been taken off and the wood replaced with MKIII* type wood. The numbers on the receiver, barrel, sight and end cap match but the bolt, which has the earlier type cocking wotsit, is non matching and the wood is also a mismatch.
    Apologies for some of the pics not being as crisp as they should be but my camera is pretty crap at taking pics in less than ideal light with the flash.
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    BSA 1938 SMLE No 1 MKIII   BSA 1938 SMLE No 1 MKIII  


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    More pics...
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    Last few pics...
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    A nice weapon, and a very popular choice amongst collectors!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Anyone know what the crack is with the safety lever? It's not like the usual one I've seen on SMLE's marked with the III so I'm curious is it an earlier one or maybe a later WW2 type one (if such a thing exists)?

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