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North American address is 1638 NE Beverly Dr., Grants Pass, OR 97526, USA, if you are in the USA or Canada.

Update 3rd June 2021— 

  • New online site with Collecting column. Our first article...
    https://straightshooting.com.au/category/history/

  • New Reference Book available now... 

    The Wilson Carbine in Tasmania - Mark Wright
    Limited print run of only 150 hard cover copies, A4 size, just released.
    150 pages in glorious colour, details of issues, known specimens, tables, &c.
    This capping-breech loader is a scarce item and saw colonial service in only one colony, Tasmania.
    Don't miss out... $90- $100 post-paid for Australia.
    Order from Mark - 0409 341 280...  jo.markwright@yahoo.com.au
    Mark Wright - 1b Ellice Hill Drive, Spreyton, TAS 7310
  • UPDATE...


    New 'Broad Arrow Mk 2' Hard and soft cover editions available in USA too.
    Presentation edition
    is only available from Oregon as they sold out in Oz, NZ and UK.
    Soft covers only in Oz, NZ & UK with HC edition only available from Oregon.
    Some out-of-print Handbooks too, the AR15 and Mosin-Nagant were reprinted, now available again.
    The Broad Arrow - Our 2020 editions was available from September. Don't pay over US$1,000 for an old  2001 edition, the Mk 2 is bigger and better! 



    Prices: US$50 (A$70) soft cover, US$100 (A$135) Presentation HC edition with Resources CD enclosed. Separately, the CD is $10.00. Updated, improved edition with larger page size, 20+ more pages, illustrations, colour plates. Limited number of HC Presentation copies remain so don't delay.
    Presentation Resources CD has folders of photos & pdf files for more detail.

  • Toowoomba Arms Fair is booked for 11-12 Sept. at the Showgrounds.
    Sydney gun shows planned for 2021 at the International Shooting Centre, Cecil Hills. Projected date... 6-7 November. Fingers crossed!

  • Check out https://booksonwaraustralia.com/ for what has to be the widest array of military & unit history, campaigns, weapons & equipment books in the Southern Hemisphere. Contact Trev if you have any special inquiries, he is 'hands-on' and in direct contact with his many satisfied customers.


  • West Australian auctions for arms & militaria in Morley, Perth.
    Check out www.jbmilitaryantiques.com.au/auction/jb-mliitary-antiques-auctions/ 
    Lots are being accepted now for the next one. Call Jamey Blewitt, JB Military Antiques, 2/135 Russell St., Morley, WA 6062. Tel: +61 (08) 9276 5113

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

  • www.greenhillbooks.com has a good range of reasonably priced books on weapons, campaigns and general military. 'Lady Death', memoirs of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, famous Russian sniper. The 2019 printing of 'The Sniper Encyclopedia' by John Walter is recommended, I assisted with editing. See the Pen & Sword titles, search 'Sniper' for some other related titles of interest.
    www.pen-and-sword.co.uk and search for sniper, weapons, &c.   

  • 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 later 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 proof block jig, 2nd proof with barrel breeched up to 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.

  • 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. 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 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.
    'SLR, the FAL with Kevin Adams'
    is out as well.

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

  • Small Arms Series Live DVD SMLE trailer 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', update calendar, live M16, Vickers, Bren, TSG, M60, &c.
    $12.00 plus p&p. Available from select dealers/gunshops (widescreen PAL format). Or e-mail us... idskennerton@hotmail.com

  • More on Serial Number Stamps on Lee-Enfields...
    When MLM, MLE & SMLE rifles left the factory, serials were usually stamped only on the action body, barrel (right side of knox form) and bolt handle. Base Ordnance Depots, workshops and armourers generally transcribed serials onto underside of the sight leaf, fore-end (SMLE only) and nosecap (SMLE only). Such stamps are usually different sizes to those on the body and barrel.

    For MLM, MLE and early SMLEs, action bodies started with a progressive lot letter (no prefix at first then A thru' Z) prior to numbers being stamped, so the letter can appear above or below the numbers as a suffix or prefix on the earlier rifles and carbines. Letter prefix/suffix was often not recorded in factory records, such as the sniper rifle conversion lists at Lithgow. Detailed serial no. lists are found in our Research CD for the S.M.L.E.  

  • Shortened SMLE's... We've noted shortened SMLE's in UK museums listed as 'jungle rifles', unlike Lithgow Shortened & Lightened (20.2-in. brl.) they are converted or modified downgraded SMLE rifles. Pre-dating Far East needs, they're not 'jungle rifles'. Examination leads us to believe they were modified at Base Ordnance Depots, 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

 

 

 


WinM1892


Ruger10/22


Schmidt-Rubin



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
 


CURRENT BULLETIN—

 New MG Shoots north 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 priced 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: MG Shooters LLC, PO Box 5672, Scottsdale AZ 85261. Call Ed Hope: (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, &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 reprint
SAIS #12  7.62mm L1 & C1 FAL
SAIS #13  Special Lee-Enfield, De Lisle, autos
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 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... some are out of print now.

'Buyers Guide to Lee-Enfields' - 50 pages, colour print pocket reference - in stock.

.303 converted Carcano M91 long rifles in a rack (6 of) noticed at the Lithgow SAF Museum along with Italian M94 carbine w/ folding bayonet, re-chambered and re-bored for .303 British. Dutch 6.5mm Mannlichers were converted to .303 at Lithgow for Dutch East Indies, 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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