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Is this a Lee Enfield in Iraq?

#4
Difficult to say, since you can't see the actual action.

I'd guess its probably a normal SVD sniper rifle that has been fitted with a home-made suppressor (the pipe) and a butt hacked off a Mauser or Enfield because those little a-rab guys find the SVD recoil a bit sharp....

The butt disk is in the wrong place for a standard Enfield, and no sign of the rear sling swivel location. Might still be a bit off a 1930s Iraqi SMLE.
 

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#6
It couldnt be from Darrah as they are almost pssable fakes, most of the time, 4 T is probablly right in that its a locally modded model.
 
#7
Thats definitely an attempt at a silencer. I would not like to be the one pulling the triger if it was not aligned.
 

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#9
The rusty pipe is probably carboard, from a plotter paper roll or similar, they can be used for fire and forget rockets containing enough propellant and charge to go far enough to do damage but not hurt the firer, also rigid enough to act as a muffle for a perforated barrel or a moderating baffle container. The baffle moderator wouldnt require a perforated barrel.
It certainly looks uncomfortable to fire!
 
#14
There have been lee Enfields turn up in Iraq though. A British Journalist attached to an American Tank Battalion in 2003 (wrote a book called Black Knights about the experience) claimed to have found a box full of them, still in their grease paper. I gather locally built Stens have apparently turned up in Gaza.
 
#15
Lee Enfields could have been there since the War (WW2) as a lot of Polish troops were shipped by train from Russia to Iraq where they were armed and given british uniforms as part of the British 8th Army. They then moved on to Palistine and North Africa and then over to Italy.
 
#16
We controlled Iraq from mid-1918, when the Turks were rolled up. From the 20s to the 50s we had standing forces there and also supplied the local forces with arms. Iraq bought a very large quantity of No1 MkIII rifles from BS in the 1930s - these carry a distinctive triangle ownership mark on the knox form. Iraq also manufactured its own .303 ammo until recent times. Thousands more Enfields found there way via Israel, Egypt, Jordan, India, Iran, Armenia, Greece & Gulf states, all of which used Enfields.
 
#18
As it happens I'm on TELIC 10 at the moment in a section that involves weapons and intelligence - and we have 2 Lee Enfields in our store - a No 4 and a Mk III*. Both were recovered locally. So they are definitely out there, fellas.
 

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