US Usage of No 4 Mk 1 SMLE?

#1
When I was a cadet in the 1970s, we drilled with No 4 Mk 1 Lee Enfield rifles, that had 'US Government Property' stamped on the receivers. Unfrotunately I was not savvy enough to see where they were manufactured - but perhaps they had been produced in the US under 'Lend-Lease' arrangements? Are rifles such marked a rarity?
 
#2
- but perhaps they had been produced in the US under 'Lend-Lease' arrangements? Are rifles such marked a rarity?
Yup & Nope. In fact, in decent nick they might even be more common than "home" manufactured ones.
 
#3
Did the US perhaps use them like we used their M1 Garand.....you know.......for murdering p.o.w.s and civvys?
 
#4
Savage made about one million No4 Mk1s and No4 Mk1*s.

They were marked "US Property" as they purported to be Lend Lease items - in fact they were 100% Crown owned and paid for.

After WW2, Savage and Long Branch No4 Mk1* rifles were given away in vast numbers to Commonwealth countries and as military aid to other countries (eg most european countries, French and Dutch colonies in the Far East).
 
#5
I have a 1941 Savage No4 Mk1 (not 1*) in mint inissued condition, FTR in Fazakerley 1943. It shoots badly TBH, my hotchpotch K98 from 1937 to 45 bitza shoots better.

OP your title, [pedentic mode] there is no such thing as a No.4 Mk1 SMLE. [/pedentic mode]
 
#6
I have a 1941 Savage No4 Mk1 (not 1*) in mint inissued condition, FTR in Fazakerley 1943. It shoots badly TBH, my hotchpotch K98 from 1937 to 45 bitza shoots better.

OP your title, [pedentic mode] there is no such thing as a No.4 Mk1 SMLE. [/pedentic mode]
An average No4 should easily outshoot any K98.

Check the forend fit:

- barrel should be free to move up within the forend and handgaurds, and should have down pressure of 3-7 lbs at the muzzle;
- draws should be a firm fit at the rear;
- should be a gap between the foresight protector and the front hand gaurd, so that the barrel is not fouled when it moves;
- etc.

- and try to find some flat base bullets - boat tails often don't stabilise in a 2 groove barrel, if thats what your Savage has.
 

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