SOLD FOR: $3,150.00
Make: Long Branch Arsenal, Canada
Model: No4 Mk I* (T). Enfield Sniper
Serial Number: 90L8183
Year of Manufacture: 1945
Caliber: .303 British
Action Type: Bolt Action, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the right side of the receiver reads “ENGLAND”. The British export mark and a “crown / BNP” proof are on the barrel. The export mark reads “.303 2.222 inch / 18.5 TONS” (the rifle fires a .303 projectile, the case max overall length was 2.222 inches and it was pressure tested to 18.5 to tons per square inch). The left side of the stock collar is marked with the serial number and “C 23”. The left side of the receiver is marked “No4 MKI* T / LONG BRANCH / 1945”. The right front of the receiver and top of the bolt handle are each marked with a “crowned” stamping. The rear of the bolt handle is marked with the serial number and with a partial Canadian “crossed flags” proof. The top of the bolt handle knob is marked with an “asterisk”. The cocking indicator, rear sight, safety, rear of the receiver, front scope mount, trigger guard, buttplate storage door, bottom front of the handguard and bottom of the grip are all marked with an “arrow inside a C”; a Canadian acceptance mark (page 31 of Charles Stratton’s book, British Enfield Rifles Volume 2, 3rd Edition, Lee-Enfield No. 4 and No. 5 Rifles). The bolt head has a few over stamped markings on it. There are small “LB” (Long Branch factory mark) stampings on the bolt head, cocking indicator, safety, both barrel bands, face of the front sight wings, top of the front sight and on the rear of the magazine. The magazine well is marked “S”; a Savage part. The rear sight is marked “S” in two places but is also stamped with a Canadian acceptance mark. The top of the front sight is marked “.045”. The top of the grip is marked “318 C”; it was matched to the scope serial number. The underside of the grip is marked, “B / 32” and with a faded “14 in an oval”. The top of the butt is marked “N” (Normal size butt with standard No.4 (T) sniper wood cheek piece). The underside of the forearms is marked “V” and with a faded stamping. The wood ahead of the mag well is marked “8” and with a blurred stamping.
The Canadian No15 MkI Wooden transit chest is marked “CHEST S.A. No15 MKI” on two sides. There other markings on the exterior of the chest that have been painted over. The top of the chest has “BUNDLE #5” written on it in marker. One side of the chest has a tag marked “D35566” in pencil and is stamped “B1/BA 10317 / EQUIPMENTS No4 T.W. / RIFLES MkI / QTY. I / INSPECTION DATE” and “WN”. The interior of the chest’s lid has a large sticker on it that lists in detail equipment originally included in the chest. It is headed “EQUIPMENT, RIFLE No.4 (SNIPING).”
Barrel Length: Approximately 25 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is dovetail set bladed post set between two protective ears. The rear sight is a flip up sight ladder with a sliding aperture. It is marked from “2-13”. The left side of the receiver has 2 scope bases attached to it by screws. They each have a threaded hole for accepting the scope mount screws.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The oil stained stock has a straight grip, raised check piece, 2 nosecaps, 2 barrel bands, 3 sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate door does not flip up completely; we did not try to force it. The buttplate shows scrapes & oxidation. The left side of the butt shows a single deep compression mark. The wood shows a few light scrapes, small scratches & compression marks. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Oil Blackened
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is deep. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The face of the muzzle shows small scratches. The barrel shows a few light scrapes. The metal shows various scuffs & light handling marks. The bottom screw head shows heavy use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a magazine that shows scrapes consistent with insertion & removal. It is in about Fine Plus to Excellent condition. The rifle is held in a Canadian No15 MkI Wooden transit chest. The chest has wooden inserts that hold the rifle in place. The lid has 2 metal hinges. 2 locking points and 2 leather carrying loops. All are secured by metal screws. The exterior dimensions of the case are 46 ½” x 10” x 4 ¾”. It shows scrapes& scratches that have damaged small portions of the wood & paint as well as soiling. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Enfield No4 Mk1* (T) is a Canadian Sniper Rifle made at the Long Branch Arsenal during WWII. It comes in a Canadian No15 MkI Wooden transit chest. It is marked correctly for a Long Branch Sniper and has lots of Long Branch stampings and Canadian Acceptance marks on the metal. This WWII Sniper Rifle is over 70 years old but is still in Great shape. The metal finish & wood are in impressive shape and the bore is strong & bright. You will need to find a scope for this rifle as it no longer has one. This is an ideal Enfield Sniper for your Military or WWII collection. Good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio and relic eligible and can be transferred/sold in California.