Original Rare British P-1895 Long Lee Enfield Cutaway Skeletal Display Rifle - Serial Number 305

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Original Item- One-of-a-kind. Serial No. 305, meaning this is a very early Rifle, Magazine, P-1895 Long Lee-Enfield. It was later converted to British Charger-Loading Lee-Enfield Mk I* Action Skeleton. Manufactured in 1895 this is legally classified as an "antique" by the BATF.

Please see Ian Skennerton's wonderful book "THE LEE ENFIELD" (Available from IMA separately), Pages 527 to 529 for full information about these extremely rare training devices.

Beautifully executed by Victorian Craftsmen this is a mega rare example that has all the correct features of the earliest long Lee Enfield P-1895 magazine Rifle production. These include a steel butt plate with brass trap door and the cutaway of the earliest ten shot magazine. The barrel shortened, drilled and welded to the receiver making is unable to chamber a cartridge, as these were intended as training devises only, making this an amazingly rare item to appear on the open collector’s market.

It was common to take earlier issued rifles to convert into an instructional model as using new production would have been a downright waste. The Butt shows a stamp indicating this was converted in 1915 after 20 years of active service.

This example is especially interesting in that it is fitted with the earliest .303 caliber magazine that has a built in "hook" to the top right side. The left side of the magazine casing has been milled out to show the inner workings. The barrel has been shortened and the front stock officially discarded. The butt wood has been cut back and part of the butt socket cut away to allow a view of the works of the system. The barrel has been demilled with a hard steel pin welded through the chamber from top to bottom. The weapon still retains the long-range rear sight to the left side and the correct brass butt plate with steel trap door.

Offered in excellent collector's condition this is clearly in the "Hen's Teeth" category of antique weapons.

History of the British Charger-Loading Lee-Enfield Mk I* Action Skeleton

Originally developed for armorers to test parts on, the various models of Lee skeleton actions were soon adapted to training troops. They have always been the rarest of the Lee family of models, from the Lee-Metford on. It was originally made as a Rifle, Magazine, Lee-Enfield Mk I*, then converted to the C.L.L.E. configuration before being skeletonized. The skeletonizing, or as some call it, the sectioning, is beautifully done with the highest standards of metalworking.

This is a rare opportunity to own a truly once-in-a-lifetime Enfield.

The whole in extremely fine display condition, and extremely hard to find, classified as a pre 1899 Antique.


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