SOLD FOR: $2525
Make: Enfield, BSA Shirley
Model: No4 MkI (T)
Serial Number: M37004
Year of Manufacture: 1944
Caliber: .303 British
Action Type: Bolt Action, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the bottom of the barrel reads “C.A.I. GEORGIA VT. / NO.4 MK1 .303 UK”. The left side of the stock collar is marked “M47C” (the code for BSA Shirley), “1944”, with the serial number, and “TR” (the final inspection proof prior to being upgraded to a sniper by Holland & Holland). The left side of the receiver is marked “No.4 Mk.I” (faded) and “T” (signifying a No.32 telescope had been fitted, and the combination had met all inspections). The rear of the receiver is marked with “crowned” inspection stamps and faded stampings. The top of the receiver is marked with an “asterisk”. The rear of the bolt handle and underside of the forearm are are marked with the serial number. The bolt head is marked “F”. The front barrel band is marked “N.67”. The bottom of the grip is marked with faded or partial stampings. The left side of the butt is stamped “I.S.A.” and “12”. The top of the grip is marked with the faded serial number of a previously mounted scope and with other small faded stampings. The butt is painted “CL / 9”, “88”, “19”, and with partial marks. There are a few other small markings on the rifle.
The interior of the scope base is marked “BSA 42” and “1 / A”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 25 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade set between two protective ears. The rear flip up sight ladder normally uses a fixed aperture in the down position. The aperture was removed inorder to mount a scope. The rear sight flips up to become a sight ladder that is marked from “2 – 13”.
The left side of the receiver has two threaded holes for accepting the scope base assembly. The No. 32 scope base assembly uses 2 screws with oversized heads and has integral rings. The small screw heads show heavy use. One of the 4 small scope ring screws is missing. The base shows small scrapes & small scratches. Overall the scope bae assembly is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a straight grip with finger groove, raised cheek piece, 2 nose caps, 2 barrel bands, 2 sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate and stock hardware show scrapes & small scratches. The buttplate also shows some oxidation. The raised cheek piece is secured by two screws. The rear handguard shows a long repaired crack. The wood shows several scarpes, scratches and compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 ½ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are grey. The rifling is deep. There is erosion in the grooves and at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its current metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and a few areas of discoloration. The barrel & receiver shows a few small spots of light surface erosion. The stock collar shows a freckling of light surface erosion. The screw heads show heavy use. Some of the receiver markings are faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition, as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle has a No. 32 scope base assembly attached; see above. The rifle comes with a 10-round magazine that shows scrapes, scratches, and a patch of surface erosion. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Enfield No.4 Mk1 T Sniper Rifle started out as an Enfield No.4 Mk1 made at BSA Shirley during WWII. It was selected for its inherent accuracy and then upgraded to sniper configuration by Holland & Holland. The rifle was eventually imported into the U.S. and is marked accordingly on the barrel. The rifle comes with a No. 32 scope base assembly. This is a good looking No4 MkI that just needs a No. 32 scope to return it to its No4 MkI (T) Sniper configuration.