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Edwards (A.O. Edwards, M.A.) from Wimbledon, London, was a
specialist in .303 British ammunition. On hearing of a final edition
'Lee-Enfield' book, Tony commented that it really needed an updated chapter
on the ammunition, missing in the 'Lee-Enfield Story' (1992) but included in
the original 'British Service Lee' (1975). My expertise in this regard is
wanting, so Tony kindly offered to pen the chapter, a treasured inclusion in
the final edition. Tony passed away on 22nd Sept. after a long battle with
Faris British collection catalogue is nearly done, a gem for
serious Brit Mil and Lee-Enfield collectors as a 2-disc set with .pdf files
in 5 or 6 folders along with a DVD Robert Faris memorial and
album of his collection. Also the MG shoot... 'FULL ON - FULL AUTO' with
footage from other sources too. Should be
available by the end of this
year, a great Xmas gift!
For New Zealand illustrated lists of rifles, carbines pistols,
bayonets, artillery & AFV's from colonial times to present, go to
excellent and frequently updated site is researched and maintained by Kiwi
stalwarts Phil Cregeen and John Osborn. Great job, lads!
rimfire sporting rifle from Lithgow, the LA101. This 'CrossOver' is a bolt
action 5-shot rifle, a fitting successor to the Slazenger Models 1 and 12.
It is touted to become available in .22LR, .22 WMR and .17HMR chamberings.
The design is distinctively European and the 5-round plastic magazine is CZ
compatible. Left-hand models are to be available and centre-fire variants in
.223 Remington and .308 Winchester reported to be in the pipeline.
The barrel is cold hammer-forged, medium weight profile with target crown. A synthetic one-piece stock adds to
a Steyr Mannlicher appearance. No fixed sights fitted, intended for
Weaver style bases and telescopic sight. The trigger is not adjustable, with
1lb and 2lb springs.
first Small Arms Series Live DVD & computer
resources CD is getting closer to release... The first issue is '.303
SMLE with Brian Labudda', a 1hr 23min DVD with history, models &
markings, safety, live fire, field cleaning, armourer stripping &
maintenance, range shoots and collecting segments.
The accompanying interactive CD has out-of-print books as .pdf files, old
and new photos in model folders, armourers charts as .tiff & .jpg files,
research material such as manufacturing specifications, et cetera.
Price for the 2-disc set will be $35; copy protection will be installed to
prevent illegal copying.
Next in the series will be '.303 Rifles No.4 & No.5 with Brian Labudda'
, expected availability later this year. The planned series will
include pistols and machine guns of British, U.S., German and Soviet origin. We are
moving away from publishing due to declines in readers and fewer new enthusiasts along with increased restrictions on firearms and
edged weapons collecting and ownership. DVDs and computer related media seem
to be the way now. 'A picture is worth a
thousand words' - details on movie and DVD even better.
New US postal
address for A&M Press... 1638 NE Beverly Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526, USA.
Our post office sub-station closed end of 2013.
A new sniper record?
Aussies this time. Delta Coy., 2 Commando Regt. in Helmund province. Two SAS
marksmen fired simultaneously with .50 Barrett M82A1's at Taliban; GPS recorded 2.815km, killing the commander. Bullets
were 6 seconds in the air; targets did not hear the shot. The
'Telegraph' story quotes 2 men firing simultaneously so unknown who scored the kill. From our experience, a little unlikely as the
chance of having targets ID'd, verified and permission to engage,
then ranging and confirmation by the spotter, and two troopers squeezing off
at the same time is tall odds. Maybe SAS anonymity, not wanting
to be named. But this beats the earlier British record of 2.47km.
Sparrow Force now with a new website promoting a British aspect, 79th
Light Anti-aircraft Bofors batteries that arrived on West Timor only a few
days before the Japanese invaded, bombed as they unloaded the guns. Grant
McLachlan in NZ posted details of his grandfather, has written a book
available through his new website
www.sparrowforce.com website is updated as more
photographs come to hand. Our DVD & computer CD sets 'Footsteps
of Sparrow Force' and 'Guns & Gear of Sparrow Force' are
available now, see top left of our home page. Our dear friend Dr. Harry Medlin,
ex. Lieut., 2-i-c 2/1st Fortress Engineers in Sparrow Force, passed away 6th March. R.i.p. Harry.
'Enfield Pattern Room' DVD is available now. With its specialised
content, the copy run is limited. $19.50 plus $5 p&p in Australia, $8 p&p to
N.Z. and $10 p&p to America & Europe.
Singleton Infantry Centre Museum
had a multi-million dollar, double-storey rebuild. At Singleton army base, it is open to the public
Thursday-Sunday from 9am to 4pm, except public holidays. There is an Infantry
Corps shop and Lone Pine Kiosk. Entry is $8 adults, $5
pensioners, children under 16 are $3. Ankle-biters (nippers under 5)
are free. Discount family rate $20 and groups of 20+ are
$4 each but groups need to make a booking. Their website is at
firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone (02) 6575 0257, fax
(02) 6575 0239. Truly worth a visit.
www.lithgowsafmuseum.org.au Quoted as
the premier on-display military small arms museum in Oz today.
See the Lithgow SAF Museum new pages at
Barrack Hill, A History of Anglesea Barracks 1811-2011 by John
Lennox & John Wadsley celebrating the 200th anniversary of this Hobart
institution. 258-page hard cover, 180+ images. Funds to Legacy and Australian Army
Museum Tasmania. $50 ea. plus p&p, e-mail John at
orders. Pack & post is $11.20 within Australia.
Another website dear
to our heart...
New 7.62mm NATO Sharpshooter
rifle for the British Army? The L129A1 by Lewis Machine & Tool Co.,
Milan, IL The first batch of 500 Stoner type rifles was delivered, more likely to follow. One piece upper with
full-length Picatinny rail, quick change stainless barrel in 305, 406
& 508mm lengths on a one-piece upper. Looks like an AR10 with M16 shorty
Milsurps ... go to
http://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=25606 for updates on
our Sparrow Force project. Milsurps has forums,
information and posts of interest to all collectors and historical
shooters with keen members in the U.S., Britain,
Canada, Australia, N.Z. & Europe.
Lee-Enfield's superiority as a battle rifle: British Sgt. Snoxall
recorded 38 hits on a 12-in. bull at 300 yards in sixty seconds. The rifle was
charger-loaded to fire as many rounds
as possible in one minute, dubbed 'the mad minute'. No
other turn-bolt service rifle can claim such a record. Enfields rule!
US Krag, Carcano, MAS 36, Beretta Pistols, Hi-Standard Pistols, Glock
Pistols, .303 SMLE, British No.4, M17/P14, Mauser Rifles, Win. Mod
97, Win. Mod 12, M1 Carbine, M1 Garand, 1903 Springfield, FN FAL,
M-14, AR15/M16, Browning HP, C'96 Mauser pistol, .45 M1911, Luger,
P-38, Makarov, AK47, SKS, Mosin-Nagant, Mod 70 Win, Mod 94
Win, .22 Mod 61 Win, Jap Service Pistols, 6.5 T'38 Arisaka,
7.7 T'99 Arisaka, S&W Revolvers, Walther PP & PPK, .22 Ruger Mk I & II,
Schmit Rubin, Ruger Mini-14, Ruger 10/22 & Mod 1892 Winchester.
site; there will eventually be pages on .577 Enfield, Snider-Enfield,
Martini, MLM & MLE, SMLE, Rifle No.4, &c.
numbers confirm original fitting of a breech bolt & body on SMLE's, especially Lithgows,
stamped before the serial number after proof. PAA numbers are small engineers stamps
under the bolt handle and on the corresponding area at the rear, right
of the action body.
DVD & CD $35
DVD & CD $35
DVD only $19.50
Sten Mk V, VI & II(S)
Small Arms Identification Series
releases ... US$10.00 ea.
SAIS #22 British Empire Sniper Rifles
with parts, line drawings, mounts & scopes.
New information on the Canadian, Australian & Indian conversions.
SAIS #23 Lee-Enfield Parts Catalogue shows MLM, MLE, SMLE, No.4, No.5
& .22 rifle parts by items. Side by side comparisons: bodies, bolts, sights,
nosecaps, furniture, &c.
SAIS #24 9mm Sten Mk V, VI & II(S) to complement SAIS #11
on the Mk I, II & III Sten models. This is the final booklet in our Small Arms
Identification Series manuals.
Collector #30: $19.50
Siamese Portal: $5.00
New HANDBOOKS #39 (Ruger 10/22) & #40 (Winchester M1892);SAIS #24 (Sten Mk
V, VI & IIS)
MG Shoots north Arizona.
The range at the Wagonbow Ranch turn-off near Wikieup on state 93, 42 miles
south of Kingman and I-40, 130 miles from Vegas or 150 from Pheonix.
desert range in the Aquarius mountains has four shoots each year, the MG
Shooters website is at
www.mgshooters.com Postal address is: MG Shooters LLC, PO Box
5672, Scottsdale AZ 85261. Or call Ed Hope in Flagstaff on (928) 527-9171.
The SAAACA (Southern Africa Arms & Ammunition Collectors Association)
now posts Journals by e-mail .pdf files in color.
Back issues are also available. The range of topics is from
antique to modern, rifles, pistols, bayonets, machine guns, ammo, &c. Go to
Arms Identification Series: exploded parts drawings, stripping, maintenance,
SAIS #1 .303 Rifle No.1 SMLE rep.
SAIS #2 .303 Rifle No.4 reprinted
SAIS #3 9mm Austen & Owen MC rep.
SAIS #4 .303 Rifle No.5 Mk I reprinted
SAIS #5 .303 Bren LMG reprinted
SAIS #6 British Sword & Lance Patterns
SAIS #7 .303 MLM & MLE Rifles
SAIS #8 .303 Vickers MG Mk I reprint
SAIS #9 .455 Webley Revolver reprint
SAIS #10 .303 Patt. 1914 & Snipers
SAIS #11 9mm Sten Mk I, I*, 2& 3 rep.
SAIS #12 7.62mm L1 & C1 FAL
SAIS #13 Special Lee-Enfield (DeLisle)
SAIS #14 .303 Lewis Machine Gun
SAIS #15 .450 & .303 Martini reprinted
SAIS #16 British Empire Cadet Rifles
SAIS #17 .45 Thompson SMG
SAIS #18 7.62mm L42A1, L39, 2A &c.
SAIS #19 Australian SMLE Variations
SAIS #20 .577 Snider-Enfield & Patt.53
SAIS #21 .30 Browning M1919A4 MG
SAIS #22 British Empire Sniper Rifles
SAIS #23 Lee-Enfield Parts Catalogue
SAIS #24 9mm Sten Mk V, VI & IIS
Handbooks... we now have 40 in print.
- 50 pages, 2 & 4 colour,
.303 converted Carcano M91 long rifles in a rack (6 of) noticed
at the Lithgow SAF Museum along with an Italian M94 carbine with folding
bayonet, re-chambered and re-bored for .303 British. Dutch 6.5mm Mannlichers converted to .303 at SAF Lithgow for the Dutch
East Indies were reportedly sunk by the Japanese en route to the Dutch
East Indies. These are the subject of an article posted on our
Archives page. The .303 Carcanos and .303 Mannlichers, both previously in 6.5mm
calibre, are possibly related.
Lithgow Small Arms Museum campaign to buy the land and buildings from
longer ADI or Australian government). To contact the Museum write to LSA Museum,
PO Box 564, Lithgow NSW 2790, Australia. Check our site at
www.enfieldcollector.com/lithgow.html and help to preserve this fine record of Australian
US Army, Navy & Air Force
bases with 'public' museums are off limits to foreigners without prior
arrangement, since 9/11. Aberdeen, Rock Island,
Dayton AFB and others are open only to US nationals as access to US
bases is restricted. Even if you are a British, Australian, Kiwi or Canadian
ally and ex-serviceman! So much for their allies whose men have also made
sacrifices for the cause. Politics again...
information, the latest on computers, technology, viruses, &c. is all on the
internet for free.
offer Photophilia 1.9, we use
it regularly. Go to www.pholix.com and get a free software
download that you can use for 30 days before buying:
For photographers, digital camera users, website and e-mail pics, &c., the
album, slide show and storage facilities are great, very user friendly
compared with the Adobe, Microsoft and Corel products.
engines: Ever 'lose' a file on your computer?
Copernic Desktop Search
will find your files, photos, e-mails and everything else, when you just can't
find it!!! Try
Graham Priest's 'Spirit of the Pike' (20th century British
spike bayonets) is a gem...
email@example.com or write to
Graham at 2 Little Challows, Biddestone, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 7DU,
'List of Changes in British War Material',
were monthly issues, reprinted in 5 vols. 1860-1926. [Reprints].
'British Small Arms of World War 2' lists makers & codes for small
arms, edged weapons, MG's. An advantage to know more than fellow collectors!
Pattern Room custodian, Herb
Woodend, passed away at the Welwyn Garden City hospital in July of 2003.
Thanks to those who contributed and brought him another year of life, and closer
to friends, family and collectors.
African Military History Society posts can be found at...
Add them to your Favorites.
Joe Salter's website offers lots of quality goodies, go and check out
Examination of proof & view marks gives clues on origin and
production. Inspectors viewed and gauged arms made under contract in Europe & America too.
See 'The Broad Arrow'.
Scrutiny of proof & relevant markings on turn of
the century .310 Cadet Martinis reveals that a prominent British maker did not
necessarily make them all, though they may be marked as such... Westley Richards, Braendlin Armoury and W.W. Greener distinctively marked cadet
trainers which they sold, but stripping may reveal marks
which indicate manufacture of some parts in Belgium or by others of
the Birmingham trade.
Simpson Ltd. site has lots on offer to. Go to