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Updated 30th August 2019— 

  • New items
    on our For Sale page... A.I.A. 7.62mm magazine, some parts, U.S. pattern sniper sling, Garmin E-Trex Navigator and a neat miniature Lewis LMG.
    Go to www.skennerton.com/forsale.html

  • Steve Fjestad, publisher of the Blue Book of Gun Values in Minnesota, USA, passed away in July. A sad loss to the firearms community, we hope that annual Blue Books will continue as a legacy for Steve. I met Steve in Bangkok as well as at some US shows, his enthusiasm and hands-on approach are a lesson for us. A Celebration of Steve's Life will be held on 26th October at the Embassy Suites- Airport, Bloomington MN.

  • Westgate Sports & Leisure Centre management cancelled Jeff Pannan's show at short notice and with no alternative venue available, Jeff has no option but to suspend dates for his Melbourne show. More anti-gun, left-wing influence likely?

  •   New! 'Classic Rifles in Australia' John Corcoran & Fred Bienvenu.
    Full colour A4 size, print run limited to 100 copies, don't delay to order your copy.
    260 pp quality 150gm coated paper, hard cover w/ dust jacket, $135 plus p&p.
    John Corcoran (can autograph too), 03 5752 2194 or
    Or contact Fred Bienvenu on 0407 524 433, e-mail


    Proposed NSW legislation at Police request would vandalise and render most of the iconic Lithgow SAF Museum collection that we hold so dear. Maybe to include the Ron Hayes collection! Sign the petition to save so many items from destruction.
    Or access the petition from Lithgow SAF Museum facebook page...
    Become involved now or this history is lost forever.

  • Lee-Enfield shooters - LERA (Lee-Enfield Rifle Association of Australia) has regular shoots at Hill End in country NSW. www.leraa.com
    Facebook page is www.facebook.com/groups/1721669698132136/  Lee-Enfield Rifles rule!

  •    'An Illustrated Guide. Instruction of Musketry (Musketry Regulations  
    1854 - 1922
    Compiled by G. Tom Davis. Printed & perfect bound in Cambridge. A4 format with red illustrated covers. 64pp, pictures & illustrations of service longarms starting with Patt. 1853 Enfield to Magazine Lee-Enfield Short Rifle of the 1914/18 War. Details over 22 editions of the Official Army Musketry manuals originally issued by Horse Guards, includes rare plate of the title page of the very first manual issued in June 1854 by command of Viscount Hardinge on his taking office as Commander-in Chief.
    Cost is 15, per book plus postage (postage relative to destination)
    Published by/contact...

  • Replacement barrels on Lithgow rifles can be determined by the number of inspection marks around the breech, 'A' in a star with inspector's no. below. Barrels have 4 view stamps around the breech circumference. A 5th was added after inspection screwed into the action body. So subsequent replacement barrels can be determined; usually a replacement serial no. was stamped when fitted during FTR, at ordnance depot or by field armourer.

    1st proof of the barrel was done in a proofing block jig, 2nd proof with barrel breeched up on the action body. Barrels were dated on the left side with year, e.g. '17 and serial nos. were added after they were mated up to action body when the rifle was assembled. So now you know!

  • New 'Collector' index on the huge range of articles for the 30 quarterly and annual series. See Collector index for quarterlies $5, annuals $20 plus p&p. Bulk discounts available or the full set for A$140.

  • See Lee-Enfield parts & armourers charts we have for sale...  Ian's - For Sale page

  • New 'Sword-bayonet Pattern 1907 in British Service' by Michael Rose. First of 3 volumes, for 1907-1914. Follows Michael's series on Patt. 1888 & Patt. 1903 bayonets. Pb, 210 pages, well illustrated, compiled resource material for serious collectors. E-mail Michael fam.rose5@bigpond.com $55 plus $13 postage (Australia).

  • 'No Front Line', Masters on Australian Special Forces, Afghanistan, p.461-2 records kill at 2,815m by Pte. Henry & L/Cpl. Steve with Barrett M82A1s near Keshmeshkhan, 2/4/2012. Earlier record by Canadian in Operation Anaconda, Paktia province in 2002 at 2,430m bettered by British corporal in Helmand, confirmed at 2,475m in 2009. Fifty BMG rules!

  • Don't pay so much for out-of-print e.g. .303 No.4(T) Armourers Perspective!
    Our new CD has pdf files including 'British Sniper', L42A1 & L39A1 Manuals & Parts Catalogue, Faris catalogue, photo folders, video clips. We'll do a CD on out-of-print S.A.I.S. titles soon. $25 plus p&p... $6 in Oz, $10 overseas.


  • Full On - Full Auto 1 - British & US Machineguns - 70 min. run time DVD

      $25.00 + $6 p&p, $10 o'seas.
    'Full Auto 2 - German & Comblock MGs'
    is now available too.
    'SLR, the FAL with Kevin Adams'
    will be out soon.

  • 30 Years - From piano & synths to film.
    Music CD by Ian Skennerton, $9.50 plus p&p.
    Run time about 80 minutes, mostly classical piano; some synthesisers near the end.

  • Small Arms Series Live DVD trailer on SMLE, from Badger at Milsurps Forum.
    Click strip to download 8 min. trailer, well worth the wait! 

  • Brian Labudda, Wondai shop... Bigger, even more militaria, parts, antiques, &c. Wondai Q.4606, main street (11-13 Scott St.). Old service station on corner, last on the left headed north, or 1st on the right going south on Bunya Highway (49) from Kingaroy. PO Box 770, Kingaroy 4610. Mob 0400 625 366

  •  'Girls with Guns' - Requests for another 'Woman at Arms' calendar saw a new DVD with 3 clips, total run time c.51 mins...
    'Any Weekend in Arizona' (women at local MG shoots & events)
    'Woman at Arms' (historical from Queen Boudecia to Kurd freedom fighters, an A-Z from Angelina Jolie to Zara Pithian and others, guns, blades) 
    'Calendar Girls', updated calendar, live M16, Vickers, Bren, Thompson, Browning, M60, &c.
    $12.00 plus p&p. Available from select dealers/gunshops (widescreen PAL format). Or e-mail us... idskennerton@hotmail.com

  • Three Small Arms Series Live DVD & Computer Resources CD sets now... '.303 SMLE with Brian Labudda'. (1hr 24min DVD), '.303 Rifle No.4 and No.5' (1hr 27min DVD) & S.L.R. with Kevin Adams (1hr 20min DVD) with history, models, safety, live fire, field cleaning, armourer stripping & maintenance, range shoots & 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 2-disc sets are $35.00 plus $6 p&p Australia or $10 overseas.
                See our new DVD-CD page to order this and other DVD sets

  • More on serial number stamps on Lee-Enfields...
    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 on MLM or MLE). Such stamps are likely of 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. 

  • Lots of Enfield & Brit Military data in our Archives at Enfield Collector, go to www.enfieldcollector.com/archive.html  Also see the page on Serial nos. www.enfieldcollector.com/serials.html and other pages at Enfield Collector.

  • Shortened SMLE's... We've seen shortened SMLE's in UK in museums described as 'jungle rifles', unlike Lithgow Shortened & Lightened (20.2-in. brl) they are converted or modified downgraded SMLE rifles. These pre-date Far East requirements so they're not 'jungle rifles'. Examination of Faris' collection leads us to believe they were modified at Base Ordnance Depots as orders. Some parts are unnumbered, spares or cannibalised.

    Some AFV schedules have rifles but fitting prevents a 44.5-in. SMLE. Pre-WW2, this only leaves a shortened No.1, by about 5-ins. A short rifle in Faris collection lead us to conclude that the 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, author of 'Redcoats to Cams'. Ian sent us pics from the Enfield housing estate. With original RSAF Enfield building preserved, this plaque is a fitting tribute to Herb Woodend, now dispayed outside.


  • Check our www.enfieldcollector.com 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 $25.00

DVD & CD set $35

DVD & CD set $35

DVD only $19.50


#23 L-E Parts Catalog







NOW ~~~  Small Arms Identification Series   last 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: $4.00
New HANDBOOKS #39 (Ruger 10/22) & #40 (Winchester M1892);SAIS #24 (Sten Mk V, VI & IIS)

Note: Information here is copyright, reproduced for personal reference only. To publish or post on another site, please contact Ian.

Australian state firearms laws continue to differ significantly, and continue to tighten up ownership requirements, transfer fees, security, &c. We are advised that even percussion muzzle-loading muskets require registration in some states now. Should you have any inquiries on new purchases, particularly interstate, please contact appropriate registry via
A.C.T.    02 6245 7405 www.afp.gov.au/act/firearms
Qld.       07 3364 4416 www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/weaponslicensing/default.htm 
N.S.W.  1300 362562   www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/firearms  
N.T.       08 8922 3543  www.nt.gov.au/pfes/police/services/firearms/index.html   
S.A.       08 8204 2495  www.sapolice.sa.gov.au/sapol/services/firearms_weapons.jsp   Tas        03 6230 2720  www.police.tas.gov.au/permits/firearms 
Victoria  03 9247 3142  www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=111 
W.A.      08 9223 7000 www.police.wa.gov.au/Forms/tabid/1093/Default.aspx#firearms 

Sporting Shooters Assoc http://www.ssaa.org.au


 New MG Shoots in northern Arizona.
The range at the Wagonbow Ranch turn-off near Wikieup on state 93, is 42 miles south of Kingman and I-40, 130 miles from Las Vegas, 150 miles from Pheonix or 160 miles from Flagstaff. Flagstaff has the best price motels for travellers!

The high 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 www.saaaca.org.za

 Small Arms Identification Series: exploded parts drawings, stripping, maintenance, &c.: 
SAIS #1  .303 Rifle No.1 SMLE rep.
SAIS #2  .303 Rifle No.4 reprinted
SAIS #3  9mm Austen&Owen MC reprint
SAIS #4  .303 Rifle No.5 Mk I reprinted
SAIS #5  .303 Bren LMG  reprinted
SAIS #6  British Sword&Lance- out of print
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- out of print
SAIS #14  .303 Lewis M.G.- out of print
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- out of print
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... some are out of print now.

'Buyers Guide to Lee-Enfields' - 50 pages, colour print pocketbook reference- out of print
Only available in North America now.

.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 very likely related.

The Lithgow Small Arms Museum campaign to buy the land and buildings from Thales (no longer ADI or Australian government) is no longer applicable. To contact the Museum write to LSA Museum, PO Box 564, Lithgow NSW 2790, Australia. www.enfieldcollector.com/lithgow.html  to view this fine record of Australian service and commercial firearms history. 

US Army, Navy & Air Force bases with 'public' museums are off limits to foreigners without prior arrangement, since 9/11. Bases at Aberdeen, Rock Island, Dayton AFB and others are open now only to US nationals as access to all U.S. bases is restricted. Even if you are a British, Australian, Kiwi or Canadian ally and ex-serviceman who served alongside U.S. forces!
So much for their allies whose men have also made sacrifices for the cause. Politics again...

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Some Computer Tips...
Good information, the latest on computers, technology, viruses, &c. is all on the internet for free. Just Google it!
Pholix 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: www.pholix.com/download.htm  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. 

 Search engines: Did you 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 www.copernic.com


Graham Priest's 'Spirit of the Pike' (20th century British spike bayonets) is a gem...  graham@halofive.co.uk or write to Graham at 2 Little Challows, Biddestone, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 7DU, England.

  '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!

  MOD 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. 

  South African Military History Society posts can be found at... http://rapidttp.com/milhist/index.html
Add them to your Favorites.

  Joe Salter's website offers lots of quality goodies, go and check out www.joesalter.com 

  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 www.simpsonltd.com


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