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Old 12-31-2016, 06:04 AM
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1955 No.4 MK 2......Beautiful peacetime production Enfield. Bought it several years ago from a good friend who purchased it still in factory wrapping covered in cosmoline. He unwrapped it and cleaned it all up but says he never fired it. I have to take his word for it as I have known him for a long time and he had no reason to lie to me. I still have not shot it.......thinking about it though........



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Old 02-17-2017, 05:38 PM
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:38 PM
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1955 No.4 MK 2......Beautiful peacetime production Enfield. Bought it several years ago from a good friend who purchased it still in factory wrapping covered in cosmoline. He unwrapped it and cleaned it all up but says he never fired it. I have to take his word for it as I have known him for a long time and he had no reason to lie to me. I still have not shot it.......thinking about it though........



Looks good! Just watched one go for $1,125 on GB!
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:00 AM
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1955 No.4 MK 2...... I still have not shot it.......thinking about it though........
There are folks who collect and there are folks who like the smell of gunpowder.

If you don't shoot it... Someday when you are pushing up petunias, it will end up on a table at some future garage sale where a pimply faced 17 year old will buy it and carry it around in the bed of his old pickup truck. The kid will shoot the snot out of it and think about taking a hacksaw and customizing the old antique.
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Old 11-23-2017, 05:35 PM
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my latest, Rock Island low number

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Old 12-04-2017, 07:48 PM
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My newest latest!!! Springfield low number 1903
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:30 AM
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my latest, Rock Island low number

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My newest latest!!! Springfield low number 1903
Nice and nice
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:05 AM
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thanks!
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Old 01-08-2018, 01:16 PM
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I finally purchased a Smith Corona 1903A3 that I've been itching to own for years. I did a complete detail strip, and cleaned and inspected every part.

All of the parts are correct for Smith Corona except for the trigger guard/magazine and the magazine follower. I plan on replacing these with SC parts. The barrel is 1942 and looks brand new.

I'm a bit stumped by the stock. It is the correct stock type for SC, and all of the cartouches and inspection stamps look correct with the exception of the FJA stamp - which appears forged.

The stock had been sanded at some point and they did a really poor job, like with 60 grit paper or lower. You can see what I mean in the image with the 4 inspection stamps which I didn't sand over. Maybe someone sanded off a different inspection stamp and added the FJA to make it appear more correct?

Since it had already been sanded, I cleaned it with 0000 steel wool and mineral spirits mixed with tung oil. Then wet sanded it with tung oil up to 400 grit (I was careful to avoid the cartouches and inspection stamps), then applied 4 more coats of tung oil. The stock came out absolutely gorgeous and feels great. The FJA stamp bothers me, but its not worth the cost to me to replace the stock.

I'm waiting for a set of headspace gauges before I take it to the range. I'm really looking forward to shooting this bad boy.








Thanks for looking.

MarkT

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Old 01-12-2018, 11:08 AM
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Wow, I Really like your latest rifle usmctop! Thanks for sharing!

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