Questionnaire for Database – No. 4 (T) research
Maintained by Colin MacGregor Stevens in Canada
|Note that serial numbers can be very difficult to read. Verification using a magnifying glass is recommended. Some are very small. In wood they are less distinct. “3” usually has a flat top on British made rifles and is thus very similar to a “5”. Curved numbers such as “6”, “8” and “9” can be confusing. “1” and “7” can also be confused. Even “1” and “4” can be confused if one does not notice the full number.
If there is no scope set, please say so. If there is no serial number or the bracket and or scope is a replica, please say so.
When brackets and or telescopes were reassigned or replaced, the old numbers were cancelled, not erased. If you can read the old numbers, please include that information stating that this is the old number, even if partially recovered e.g., 234?6
C/|\ was stamped with arrow inside the C. Note that the post-WWII, but still collectible, Canadian Arsenals Ltd. marking was almost identical with an A inside the C.
|BASIC INFORMATION REQUESTED||EXAMPLES & LOCATION||YOUR DATA|
|Serial number on rifle||· Enfield – A1234
· Maltby – 12345 (5 digits, first number is 1)
· Fazakerley – 23456 (five digits, first number is 2)
· BSA Shirley – 1234; AB1234; 34567; X34567, (five numbers, first number is 3)
· Long Branch in Canada – 71L1234 (note the “L”)
· Stevens-Savage in USA – 0C1; 11C1234 (note the “C”)
· Ishapore renumbering – A1234T
· New Zealand renumbering – N/|\Z 123
There are many variations, and not all are necessarily listed above.
Marked on left side of body (receiver). Often faintly on flat sidewall (rolled, engraved, or stamped) and deeply stamped on socket. Remember to include any letters in the serial number. These may be stamped above, to the left of (prefix) or to the right (suffix). Some duplication of numbers has been observed if the prefix letter is left off.
|Rifle serial number on bolt handle|
|Rifle serial number on scope bracket||· As above
· Original bracket, no serial number
· Replica Bracket
Left side of body. Remember that the letter above or to left is part of the serial numbers. If it matches the rifle, great. If not, it is mismatched, and the database may help to find a match for the rifle and/or scope.
|Telescope serial number||· 1234
· 1234 REPLICA SCOPE
Canadian made examples have a “C” suffix e.g., “123-C”. There can be from one to four numbers before the “C”.
|Telescope serial number on butt at the wrist||As on scope. Without the “-“ on Canadian rifles.|
|Maker making||· ENFIELD
· R.O.F.M.; M with centre leg = Maltby
· B; M47, M47C = BSA
· ROF (F); F = Fazakerley
· LONG BRANCH (two words)
· S (square corners) = Stevens-Savage)
|“TR”||On left side of body below the serial number|
|“F.T.R.”||Factory Thorough Repair (i.e., an arsenal rebuild)|
|“S”||On right side flat area of body, just below the bolt head.|
|“S51”||Underside of butt|
|“T”||Left side of body, just forward of and slightly above the ejector screw.|
|Where you live||John Smith, Waco, Texas, USA|
|Optional Advanced Questions|
|Is front scope pad staked?||· No
· 3 times etc.
|Markings on body on each side of the bolt way, beside the cocking piece.||Crown over a capital letter over|
|Is there a marking on the top of the front scope pad?||Unique to R.S.A.F. Enfield conversions|
|Markings on backsight (left side and upper rear left corner)||E.g.
· N67 (NOT No.67) Singer wartime code
· S squared corners
· LB (L superimposed on B) for Long Branch
· SM (on left side)
|Are there C/|\ markings?||May be on:
· Upper rear of backsight
· Front scope pad
· Underside of butt near trigger guard
· Underside of fore-end
· On body, possibly on left side of breech
· On barrel
|Rifle serial number on barrel (only visible when wood removed)||May only be lest digits of number|
|Rifle serial number on butt. Only visible when butt is removed from socket. Prefix letters omitted.||· 34567|
|Maltese Cross (like German Iron Cross medal) tiny stamp||· On back of backsight
· On underside of fore-end
· On front scope pad
· On rear leg of scope bracket
· On underside of cheek rest (best to leave cheek rest untouched usually)
|Rifle serial number on fore-end||Please advise is stamped cross-grain or lengthwise. Omits prefix letter. e.g.
|Is there a sniper sling swivel in front of the magazine?|
|What if any serial number is on the magazine?|
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