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first Small Arms Series Live DVD & computer
resources CD is about to be released... '.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 sections on the menu.
The interactive CD has out-of-print books as .pdf files, Marks & models
photos folder, armourers charts,
research material (manufacturing specs, &c.)
The new 2-disc sets will retail for A$39.50.
Next in the series will be '.303 Rifles No.4 & No.5 with Brian Labudda'
, later this year. The planned series
includes British, U.S., German and Soviet rifles, pistols & MGs. We are
moving away from publishing due to fewer readers and new enthusiasts along with increased restrictions on collecting. DVDs and
digital media now: A picture is worth a 1,000 words - on disc even better!
'One Shot Kills' - A History of Australian Army
Sniping, by Lt.-Col. Wahlert & Lt.-Col. Linwood. 236 pp, colour, soft cover;
Australian sniping from a new angle, related to equipment, training,
tactics and action reports. This is hard to put down, a memorable read and a welcome addition to my select library now. A true
gem! A few copies available at $25 plus p&p.
Faris British collection catalogue as a 2-disc set with .pdf files
and DVD Robert Faris Memorial and
Collection Album will be released at the same time as the SMLE set at top.
Our 'FULL ON - FULL AUTO' DVD should be available late in 2015 as we need
the SAS Live, No.4 & No.5 out sooner.
Anzac Day is a more special occasion now, 100 years since
landing on that fateful shore. However concerns are raised that Gallipoli
overshadows other actions on the western front that were perhaps more
significant. Similarly in Oz, the Kokoda Track is all we see in the media
now for WW2, incorrectly reported as the first defeats of the Japanese in
WW2. Actually it was by Sparrow Force at Babao and Usau Ridge in Timor, some
8 months earlier. The media never seems to let truth get in the way of a
good report or story.
Bunduki Books has new owners in rural Victoria, a wider range of
titles and new website under construction at
Check it out.
Shortened SMLE rifles... We have observed a number of
shortened No.1 rifles from UK. Often described as 'jungle
rifles' but don't conform with the Lithgow WW2 'Shortened and
Lightened' series (20.2-in. barrels; a few with 18.2-in. barrels). Inventory
in official collections, converted or modified from earlier
down-graded SMLE rifles, there is a reason other than 'jungle rifle' as
they pre-date requirement for the Far East. Examination of Faris' collection lead us to believe they were modified at
Base Ordnance Depots or by unit armourers when there has been such a
requirement. Some parts including bodies are unnumbered, drawn from spares;
others from broken-down rifles.
Some AFV schedules list rifle storage, but fitting precludes a
44.5-in. long SMLE. Pre-WW2, this only leaves a shortened No.1, by about
5-inches. Such a shortened rifle in the Faris collection, with obvious signs
of being test fired, lead us to conclude that the only requirement for a 2nd
line shortened rifle would be for AFV carriage, during WW2 when
this example was modified from a 1941 Lithgow. Requirement
for 'tanker' models extends well beyond the British realm as we well know.
After the word spreads, beware of fakes!
Courtesy of Ian Kuring,
Army Museum curator, author of 'Redcoats to Cams' and friend of Herb Woodend.
He sent us pics from the
Enfield housing estate. With original RSAF Enfield building preserved, this
fitting tribute to Herb is now attached outside.
internet firearms sales site in Oz,
Check out their offerings. Based in Victoria, the manager is Andrew and
after a hearty chat, we are happy to swap links. Good luck guys!
A short documentary on Cobb & Co. at Surat-Yuleba in
western Queensland. An interesting mix of Aussie history and country people,
horses, &c. DVD $25 plus $4 p&p; if interested,
contact Ian, firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
postal address... 1638 NE Beverly Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526-3517, USA.
Our post office sub-station closed end of 2013.
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.
www.sparrowforce.com website is updated as more
photos come to hand. DVD & computer CD sets 'Footsteps
of Sparrow Force' and 'Guns & Gear of Sparrow Force' are
available, see top left of our home page.
'Enfield Pattern Room' DVD now available With 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.
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
#23 Lee-Enfield Parts Catalogue
Small Arms Identification Series
series titles ... 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