A very nice example of one of many Lee Enfield .22 trainers, a collecting specialty all by itself. A large part of their collection was donated to the Virginia War Memorial Museum in Richmond, VA, and many other items donated to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, LA.
PROVENANCE NOTE- This is item number 184 from the Howard P. This item has the Hart Collection inventory tag attached, and comes with a certificate of provenance and a copy of Howards fascinating autobiography, signed by Jean Hart. Howard Hart, and this outstanding collection adds to its desirability for your collection and for future owners and helps preserve the legacy of Mr.
By ordering from this listing, you certify that you understand and agree to these terms. THE butt socket is marked with a broad arrow over an illegible date (1934 or 1954 maybe? Generally these involved sleeving the barrel to make it .22 caliber and altering the bolt parts to strike a .22 rimfire, and removal of the magazine guts so it was nothing more than a place for spent .22 cases to accumulate. Given that the receiver marks indicate this is the .22 No. 2 Mark IV*, we are listing it under that designation, although except for the markings, it conforms to the latter specifications.
We prefer you ask by e-mail so we will have time to pull items before answering, or check with the owner if they are consignment pieces. If you don't have e-mail click here for telephone contact information. Beginning in 1921 the .22 Short Rifle Mark IV was adopted, being similar to the earlier conversions, but using a purpose made .22 caliber barrel instead of a sleeved barrel and omitting any magazine. 2 Mk IV* was the same but with the empty magazine body as a shell catcher . Skennerton page 489 (and preceding pages) covers these in detail, and you can get as confused or informed as we seem to be. Buttstock is a little wiggly, but if you disassemble the rifle (INCLUDING removing the forend assembly first!
FFL holders often charge a small fee for handling these transfers, as well as any state or federal fees for the background check. These were strictly purchased for transfer to England under the Lend Lease program developed to allow the U. to supply our allies at a time when they lacked funds to purchase all the war material they needed to fight the axis hordes. This rifle does not feature the stock reinforcing screw forward of the action, indicating that this rifle did not see service in India, nor are there any ugly import marks on the rifle.