Australian SMLE Mk III Sniper Rifle, One Only
Original Item: At the outbreak of The Second World War, the Royal Australian Army did not have a sniper corps or sniping rifles. Between the two World Wars, competitive shooting was encouraged in Australia, and heavy barrels were installed on RSMLEs for greater accuracy in competition. These competition barrels were marked with an H on the Knox form in front of the receiver under the rear hand guard. These rifles can be identified by removing the nose cap and noting the step-down machining just behind the rear sight. Also, since the mid-barrel band would not fit, there will be no barrel band screw, and sometimes the barrel band screw hole in the forestock will be plugged with wood.
Meticulously cleaned to museum standards. This rifle includes a correct iron competition-style rear sight used on heavy-barrel rifles designated for sniper use. This sight consists of a base marked ?AGA Bisley Works.? The sight assembly proper is marked ?AGA,? ?Parker?s +5,? and ?S.M.L.E.? The sight provides for extremely fine adjustments, along with adjustable zeroing plates for individualized zeroes. This sample is missing the sight aperture. The sight folds into a flat package along the left side of the receiver when not in use.
Bolt number matches
Forestock number matches
Barrel number matches
Rear sight has operating windgage-SCARCE
No. 4 magazine
Stacking swivel (SCARCE)
Stock Length: Normal
Upper and lower handguards are complete, not cut
Excellent marking on butt stock
EXTREMELY RARE AUSTRALIAN HEAVY SNIPING BARREL
Condition: Wood, very good; Metal, excellent.
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