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BSACo. Model 1895 Lee-Enfield MK* rifle

Article about: Here for your viewing pleasure is BSACo. Lee-Enfield MKI* 1901 serial number A55655 which was issued to PVT Arnold Van Buren who enlisted in the 6th Canadian Mounted Rifles, South African Fo

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    Default BSACo. Model 1895 Lee-Enfield MK* rifle

    Here for your viewing pleasure is BSACo. Lee-Enfield MKI* 1901 serial number A55655 which was issued to PVT Van Buren Arnold who enlisted in the 6th Canadian Mounted Rifles, South African Forces at Calgary on April 24 1902. he proceeded to South Africa, was returned to Canada, and struck off strength in consequence of "Disbandment of the Forces." He retained the rifle after leaving service. The rifle still has its original issue oil bottle.













    Last edited by varifleman; 10-16-2015 at 06:12 PM.

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    Outstanding, don't remember ever seeing one in person. Condition and provenance are just icing on the cake, and the oil bottle!

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    Looks like it needs a little TLC but a great looking rifle. You just need a matching bayonet. Have you / are you planning on shooting it?

    Alex

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    Nice rifle and great to have such history with it.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Yes Alex; it'll get that TLC and I'll shoot it at our next vintage weapons shoot later this month.

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    Here's a 1908 photo of Van Buren and his new bride taken in Browning MO after which they returned to to their homestead in Crossfield Alberta which he filed for in 1902. Now all I need is a photo of him in uniform holding the rifle.


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    Great piece of history!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



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    That is one very nice rifle indeed!
    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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    Super nice. Sure did build em solid back then. How much does the rifle weigh if I may ask.

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    Rifle weighs 9lbs 4oz according to Skennerton's book on the Lee-Enfields.

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