I was at a pawn shop this afternoon just looking around. They had a Lee Enfield No 4 MK1* up on the rack priced at $300. I asked to see the gun and saw that the tag was marked as "Mauser" and the caliber was just "303". The gun had matching fore stock and bolt, but a non-matching magazine. Older CAI import stamp near the tip of the barrel. US PROPERTY marked and many of the parts have an S on them so I assume this is a Savage/Stevens gun that was made in the USA for our lend-lease program with England. No goodies in the buttstock, no bayonet or sling. Just the rifle. Two groove barrel a little dusty, but not pitted or dark. I offered $200 out the door and the guy said he'd do it as long as I gave him two bucks on top of that $200 to cover the background check. DEAL!
On the form the employee wrote Mauser as the maker and I couldn't see what he put down as the model. The gun is quite obviously a Lee Enfield. We were even talking about it, but he still put Mauser on the form. I guess that's probably what they had the gun marked down as in their bound book.
First off, I'll apologize for not having a full picture of the whole rifle. I just took pictures of different parts when I got home with the gun.
As you can see, the barrel is not rusty at all and still caked with grease. I didn't clean anything tonight.
Very typical buttstock repair. I think a lot of these got dropped right on that corner and chipped the wood. Most Lee Enfield No4 MK1 and MK1* rifles have this repair. I have no idea what to tell ya about that thing I circled in red. It looks like an X roman numeral or something.
I didn't get a pic, but it has a stock screw beneath the action that's usually referred to as an "ishy" or "ishapore" screw. What are the buttstock stamps for? The cutout/reliefs in the fore stock near the barrel band are something I've never noticed on other Lee Enfields.
Those are marks I found on the upper wood parts. Once again, I don't know what those stamps are for.
Grooved trigger and what looks like a maple leaf on the ring of the receiver.
Simple flippy rear sight. S on the receiver next to where it says No4 MK1*. Also, the safety looks very No1 MK3 to me. Its not like the other safeties I've seen on No4 Mk1 rifles over the years.
How'd I do for $202 out the door? I've seen bubba'd Lee Enfield rifles priced at $300 locally, so I think I did pretty good on this considering the local market. Thoughts, opinions, and comments are welcome. Thanks for looking.