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Remembrance Day today. However being from a later
generation of National Servicemen, I would like to share Redgums 'I Was Only
Firstly, the news report today...
Secondly, U-tube record of the song...
Emotional stuff for many of us, true to the heart.
Please pass these links on to your friends. Lest we forget...
Ian Cummins was well known to collectors in NSW,
and moved to Tasmania a few years ago. Sadly, we've been told that Ian
passed away last week.
Bob Etherington, Brit. mil. collector from
Kurrajong NSW, has passed away. I saw fakes sold to Bob at exorbitant prices
as he started to suffer from dementia, 'experimental trials' rifles, poorly
engraved junk by Jim H of Gladstone. Shame, shame, shame. Caveat Emptor.
NEW DVDs on show and sale at my tables...
Adelaide gun show over this weekend. I will have a range of my
current books in print too.
Full On - Full Auto 1 - British & US Machineguns
- 70 min. run time DVD
available, $29.50 plus $5 p&p in Oz, $10 overseas. 'SLR, the FAL with Kevin Adams'
out in November for the Penrith gun show; see our Gun Shows page.
30 Years - From piano & synths to film.
Music CD by
Ian Skennerton, $9.50 plus p&p. Run time about 80 minutes, mostly classical
music on piano; some synthesisers near the end. Nice to have a record of my
keyboard playing, copyright free too!
.303 No.1 Mk III* HT sniper rifle sn. 28442 (likely Efd or
BSA mfg, originally an ex-Rifle Club 'H' rifle) was issued to 4th
Independent Coy sniper Trooper L.I. Wright VX123028. An AWM photograph of
Tpr Wright is in Guns Australia article by Daniel Cotterill, Apr/Jun 2003.
Les Wright is 92 years old, in Qld. In his twilight years, it would
be nice if he could be re-united with his beloved rifle that served
in the front line. So if any reader owns or knows of SMLE sn. 28442 (likely has
a letter prefix or suffix) we can add some provenance to make it even more
special. It may have been at Milne Bay and Lae, but was in action later in
Borneo with the 4th Ind Coy. It is shown in Wahlert & Linwood's excellent
'One Shot Kills' book, published by Army History Unit, 2014.
Small Arms Series Live
DVD trailer on the S.M.L.E., courtesy of Badger at the Milsurps Forum. Click
on the film strip here... maybe a few mins to download for its 8 min. play time, but
well worth the wait!
Brian Labudda, new shop... Bigger & better with even more
militaria, parts, antiques & bric-a-brac. Now at Wondai Q.4606, main
street (11-13 Scott St.). It is the last shop on the left heading north, and
the first shop on the right heading south on the Bunya Highway (49) north of
Kingaroy. Brian's postal address still the same, P.O. Box 770, Kingaroy
4610. Call 0400 625 366
'Girls with Guns' - Requests for another 'Woman at
Arms' calendar sees a new DVD with
clips, total run time of 51 mins...
'Any Weekend in Arizona' (women at local MG shoots &
'Woman at Arms' (historical from Queen Boudecia to Kurdish freedom fighters, an A-Z from Angelina Jolie to
Zara Pithian plus others, guns, blades)
'Calendar Girls', an updated calendar with close-up action...
of M16s, Comblock, Vickers, FAL, Bren, Scatterguns, Thompson, BAR, M1919A4,
M60, Tactical, Sterling, Sten, Uzi, and German MPs & MGs.
$25 plus p&p.
Available from select dealers and gunshops (widescreen PAL format).
Or e-mail me...
Small Arms Series Live DVD & Computer
Resources CD sets now... '.303
SMLE with Brian Labudda'. (1hr 24min DVD) and '.303 Rifle No.4 and
No.5' (1hr 27min DVD) with history, models, safety, live fire, field cleaning, armourer stripping &
maintenance, range shoots and collecting menus.
The interactive Research CD has manuals & out-of-print books as .pdf files,
marks & models
photos, armourer charts &
research material (manufacturing specs, &c.)
The new 2-disc sets are A$39.50 plus $5 p&p in Australia.
See our new DVD-CD page to order this and other
Next in the series, 'S.L.R.,
the F.A.L. with Kevin Adams', later this year. We
are moving from printing to DVD & CD. A picture is worth a thousand words.
More on serial number stamps on
When MLM, MLE & SMLE rifles left the factory, serials
were usually stamped on the action body, barrel (knox form) and bolt
handle. Base Ordnance Depots, workshops and armourers generally transcribed
serials onto the underside of sight leaf, fore-end (not MLM, MLE) and nose-cap (not
MLM or MLE). Such stamps are likely a different style/size.
For MLM, MLE and early SMLEs, action bodies started with a progressive lot
letter (no prefix then A thru' Z) prior to numbers being stamped, so the
letter can appear as a prefix or suffix on earlier rifles. Letter
prefix/suffix was often not recorded in factory records, such as the sniper
rifle conversion lists at Lithgow. Details serial no. lists are in our
Research CD for the S.M.L.E.
of Enfield & Brit Military
data in our Archives at Enfield Collector, go to
www.enfieldcollector.com/archive.html Also see the page on Serial
www.enfieldcollector.com/serials.html and other pages at Enfield
Shortened SMLE rifles... We have seen a few
shortened No.1 rifles from UK, described as 'jungle
rifles' but not like the Lithgow Shortened &
Lightened series (20.2-in. barrel)
in official collections, converted or modified from earlier
downgraded SMLE rifles. There is a reason other than 'jungle rifle' as
they pre-date Far East requirement. Examination of Faris' collection lead us to believe they were modified at
Base Ordnance Depots or by unit armourers when there has been a
requirement. Some parts including bodies are unnumbered, drawn from spares;
others were cannibalised.
Some AFV schedules have rifles but fitting precludes a
44.5-in. SMLE. Pre-WW2, this only leaves a shortened No.1, by about
5-ins. Such a short rifle in the Faris collection with signs
of being test fired lead us to conclude that the only requirement would be for AFV during WW2 when
his was modified from a 1941 Lithgow. 'Tanker' models extend well beyond the British realm.
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.
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 an earlier British record of 2.47km.
available now, rifles and pistols of various nationalities and origin. These
are User Manuals which differ from our S.A.I.S..
site; eventually there will be pages on .577 Enfield, Snider-Enfield,
Martini, MLM & MLE, SMLE, Rifle No.4, &c.
DVD & CD set $35.00
DVD & CD set $35.00
DVD & CD set $29.50
DVD & CD set $35
DVD & CD set $35
DVD only $19.50
#23 L-E Parts Catalog
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...
firstname.lastname@example.org 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