Lets see those .303's

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by PA_RIFLEMAN303, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. JLA

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    nice. whats a guy gotta do to wrestle one away?

    I had a Fazakerly no.4, clean, and accurate shooter she was too.
  2. jack404

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    these will all go to marstar in canada then they'll have a sale with the last lot i know buds bought some as did the mil rifle place in AZ
  3. 45Auto

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    I only know about the NZ conversion. They are extremely interesting. How many did Australia make? How reliable were they?
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    i think we had about 15 iterations , some worked well , some complete disasters with noel farthington losing a eye on a demonstration ( he was the chief designer there in the 50's )

    technology changed the ammo changed and folks started going the path of the FN or AK so they never went anywhere really

    a design path that became a dead end ..

    i have 3 of them but would not ever try to fire them , one already shows stress fractures in the chamber ( that is a doland a early convertion that failed)

    .303 was not a good designed round for a semi or auto rifle , the .308 rimless was a much better fit
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  5. 45Auto

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    Good to know, Jack, (not that I'm planning to make one any time soon.) The conversions sparked my interest many long years ago with a picture of one made in NZ in Small Arms of the World, by Smith & Smith. Seemed like a briliant and highly creative idea. Sad that it cost someone an eye, though.
  6. jack404

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    the kiwi one was a good one , it was a chitty brit rework of a aussie design that blew

    but Noels still kicking he's in the retirement home with his new bride ( he was 81 she 79 at the wedding )

    he'd be 92 this year and still visits the museum regularly
  7. demo

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    Hello gents, my first post here. Here's a few more three o's for the thread.

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    Jack it's good to see the museum got their 37 lithgow.

    Here's mine.

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  9. jack404

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    heck nice rifles there Demo

    i've a collector in the US who offered $2500 for one .. and i think the gents legit ...

    he bought my maxim ...
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    Are we talking about the 1937 lithgow?

    Did you have one to sell him?
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    yes the 37


    no! i used what parts i had here to restore the one for the museum ( i fix stuff for them )

    the one i had here had no bolt and the sights where removed but the wood was intact and the one we did get had been sporterised but had sights , a bit of swapping and Viola!! ,

    i've not seen another since

    they are rather collectible to say the least
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  12. demo

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    They are but I suppose to most they're just another SMLE.
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    and there is the hassle, they are out there, folks just dont realise eh ..
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    Yes I wonder how many. I've come across quite a few 35 and 36 dated rifles that have been DP'd. Any explanations?
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    35's and 6's are common enough but remember the pacifist movement that came back to london from germany crying PEACE IN OUR TIME .. the brits got us to stop production of LE's as it may upset the AXIS powers ( appeasement and we know how that goes)

    by 38' the japanese spread was fast and scary and so lithgow went full bore again despite what the brits wanted .. a lot of old rifles where sold off in that period

    others dismantled for spares , sad eh .. oh we'll live and learn ( appeasement dont work )
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