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Old 08-17-2019, 05:09 PM
WebSmithEddy WebSmithEddy is offline
 
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A LGS has an Eddystone P14 in the rack for $550. It has a scope, but miraculously the ears, the wood, and the bayonet lug are all intact. It is missing the rear ladder sight as well as the volley sights.

Questions:
  1. Are original equipment rear sights and volley sights hard to find?
  2. Are they expensive?
  3. How hard is it to reinstall the rear sight?
  4. Is the P14 rear sight the same as a Model 1917 rear sight?
  5. Was early 20th century British 303 ammo corrosive?

I didn't float any offers or take pictures or examine it in detail. I wasn't very interested since the rear sight was missing, but I got to thinking about it later and I'm reconsidering it.

I should mention that it is in another town about an hour away from me, so I can't easily just run over and look it over again.

Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2019, 05:23 PM
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1. Relatively difficult.
2. I think so - your opinion may vary.
3. Not hard, but you must have the screw and nut, also.
4. Yes, in design, but the range calibrations are different.
5. Yes - in fact, virtually all military .303 ammunition is corrosive - very few exceptions, and none at all during the likely period of service for a P14.

You would do better in terms of ultimate cost to look for an unaltered P14.

mhb - MIke
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:10 PM
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Are the rear sight wings intact? Is the s/n stamped on either one?
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:23 PM
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Question about the rifle you're looking at; is the scope modern or an antique? If it is an antique, do you know if it is original to the rifle? If so, have you established it is not a Pattern 14(T)?

Yes, probably not likely, but worth asking since your original did not specify.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:18 PM
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If the rifle has been drilled and tapped for a sporting scope, you would do well to move on and keep looking.


J.B.
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:23 PM
WebSmithEddy WebSmithEddy is offline
 
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You would do better in terms of ultimate cost to look for an unaltered P14.
mhb - MIke
Thanks. That was my first gut feeling.



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Are the rear sight wings intact? Is the s/n stamped on either one?
Yes, they were both intact. I was surprised. I didnít notice any numbers, but I didnít look close.



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Question about the rifle you're looking at; is the scope modern or an antique? If it is an antique, do you know if it is original to the rifle? If so, have you established it is not a Pattern 14(T)?

Yes, probably not likely, but worth asking since your original did not specify.
Modern. It was a Nikon.



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If the rifle has been drilled and tapped for a sporting scope, you would do well to move on and keep looking.


J.B.
I concur. Thanks. I feel better passing on it after reading everyoneís opinions.

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