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Old December 5th, 2011, 10:11 PM #11
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I thought the British had gone to the No 4 lineage by 1942?
So did I, that's why I though OP's rifle was probably a Lithgow.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 10:17 PM #12
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Looks too clean to be a Kyber Pass... or however it's spelled.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 10:21 PM #13
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Looks too clean to be a Kyber Pass... or however it's spelled.
Over in the Lee Enfield section of gunboards they have a very interesting thread on a Khyber Pass No.1 MkIII. From a distance it looks nearly identical to a real one. it's pretty amazing what those people can do with a little bit of wood and scrap metal.
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It's a WWII vintage BSA "Dispersal" No1 MKIII*. The manuf. info was removed from the buttsocket in the hope of keeping the origin of production hidden from the Germans who were busily bombing any and all known sites of production (quite successfully to boot). The nomenclature "Dispersal" came from BSA taking production and dispersing it to many smaller facilities to make it difficult for the Luftwaffe to impact production with one big strike on a primary facility. The No4 really didn't come online and ramp up production until late '42 so the No1 soldiered on as the primary British rifle until then.
Would love to see more photos! I've been keeping an eye out for a nice dispersal No1 for a long time so you've got something that's eluded me.

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The dispersal rifles are an interesting variation. They were built with new and recycled parts. The Brits were under heavy pressure early in the war and used whatever they could. That and they never threw away anything. I think the latest dated dispersal rifle I've seen is 1944. They tend to be a little less well finished than the earlier MkIII's.
What I read is that the Brits tried to arm their forces in Europe with the No4's and the Pacific forces with the MkIII.
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It just so happens I do have a Lithgow. Here's the older Lithgow mark:

And here's some other receiver markings including the star:


That's a nice Lithgow! Must have been expensive!
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That's a nice Lithgow! Must have been expensive!
Yeah I broke the bank on that one. I'm going to have to go hungry for a few weeks. Can't put gas in my car either.
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Weren't there a lot of dispersal rifles though, and not just No.1's? I know my No.5 was made at 2 branches of BSA (M47A, M47C). Is this the same thing?
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Over in the Lee Enfield section of gunboards they have a very interesting thread on a Khyber Pass No.1 MkIII. From a distance it looks nearly identical to a real one. it's pretty amazing what those people can do with a little bit of wood and scrap metal.
Link to the Enfield section of Gunboards? Never cruised over there.
Recently acquired an enfield with hardly any markings at all. Either filed off, or some other method. Plus a shortened stock with no upper portion.
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Link to the Enfield section of Gunboards? Never cruised over there.
Recently acquired an enfield with hardly any markings at all. Either filed off, or some other method. Plus a shortened stock with no upper portion.
Here you go....

http://forums.gunboards.com/forumdis...Enfield-Forum&
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