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lithgow or Orange ?

43 they move SMLE production to Orange (OA ) marking if lithgow it'll be before April

now some have both , parts made at lithgow and assembled in orange lithgow concentrated on Bren guns and owens and a few others after but made parts for smle well into 44

making the SMLE was down pat so sent it to others while lithgow experience was used to simplify construction of other weapons
 

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Lithgow = Australian manufacture at the Lithgow Small Arms Rifle Factory No1.
SMLE = Short Magazine Lee Enfield.
MA = Manufacture Australia.
HV = High Velocity ammunition.
III* = Mark III model designation the * set this mark apart from the MkIII in that it ommitted certain features such as volley sights, magazine cut off et al.
1/47 = January 1947 refurbishment by the Lithgow Factory or an armorer. ( or match numbers to dates for refurb info )
 

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then it'd be a 1941 that had some work done in 42 , i'll check the serial and see if i can find a issuing unit when Kessick barracks opens in the morning

but its melbourne cup day tomorrow ( today its after midnight now ) so it may not be till tuesday

we take our horse racing seriously here ( maybe too much) and they may not turn the data network on at all

it is Australia eh ..

so take some pic's and post em

you gotta know gun porn is acceptable and even required here ..

i'll start you off
 

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C 52401 - C 63955 inclusive where all 2/7th division so its a good guess your rifle saw action , but i cant access further today cause of everyone having a party for melbourne cup day

more info tomorrow i hope

the only exception to these are stamped A broad arrow F (A^F) these where Air force issue and where pulled out to arm Airfield guards and Air Force ground personnel

some have marks where the D^D was ground off and overstamped A^F
 
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