SOLD FOR: $1525
Make: Enfield, BSA Shirley
Model: No4 MkI (T). Now a Sporting Rifle
Serial Number: AS0316
Year of Manufacture: 1943
Caliber: .303 British
Action Type: Bolt Action, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the top of the barrel shank reads “ENGLAND”. The left side of the stock collar is marked “M47” (a BSA Shirley mark), “1943”, 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 bolt handle is marked with the serial number. The bolt head is marked with “1”. The bottom of the butt is marked “S51” which is a Holland & Holland mark. The top of the grip is marked with a previously mounted scope’s serial number “8312””. There are a few other small markings on the rifle.
Barrel Length: Approximately 23 1/2 inches; the barrel has been cut back.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade set atop a ramped base. 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 ladder is marked from “2 – 13”.
The left side of the receiver has two threaded holes for accepting a scope base that is normally attached to a No. 32 scope.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has been cut nack & shaped. The hardwood stock has a straight grip with finger groove, raised cheek piece and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The nose has been painted black. The wood shows several scrapes & scratches as well as spots of mildew. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its current metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches and discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads show use. Some of the markings are lightly faded or lightly struck. 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: None
Our Assessment: This Sporting Rifle started life as an Enfield No.4 Mk1 T Sniper Rifle. The rifle was originally selected for its inherent accuracy and then upgraded to sniper configuration by Holland & Holland. It still has markings consistent with an Enfield Sniper and still has the mounts necessary to add a No. 32 Sniper Scope (or reproduction scope). This is an interesting Sporting Rifle to take out the range. Good luck.