Just curious....but do the serial numbers on bolt, receiver, etc. match?
This info might tell us whether we have a single salvaged weapon, or just a hodge-podge of availabe bits.
Combination of rifles?
This serrated type of cocking piece was introduced on the 2nd of January 1916 on the MkIII* along with the deletion of mag cut off etc.
i have seen guns like this before ... if i remember correctly these where used for practice firing artillery without wasting rounds or something of the sort .. there was an old guy in Kansas who had one the real "army navy surplus" stores when i was a kid and he had a couple of those enfields like that....I cant remember what he said exactly but i remmeber they where for firing some sort of practice something or the other ..but its been 28 years so my mind is kinda fuzzy !!
They used similar to launch trench morters (Which is what I thought it was initialy, maybe blown of the morter) but on checking my reference again I see the trench morter igniters didn't have a magazines, they had a filler piece in its place.
Hey, i was browsing the net today when i found a picture of a cut down Lee Enfield that looks similar to yours, it was used in Star wars would you beleive.
Here is the description-
In the Star Wars film series, The blaster utilized by the Jawa who shot R2-D2 was built from a cut-down British Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII* series bolt-action rifle with the grenade launcher cup attached to the shortened barrel.
Obviously not entirely the same but it made me think of this thread.
MU God, that .303 round would have one hell of a kick, with no stock, and that short of a barrel.
I would not want to fire that, I think it would be about the same as shooting a 10 gauge shotgun, with one hand, would really hurt, and kick very hard.
Cool looking, but oh so impractical...