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Proposed NSW legislation at Police request would vandalise and render most
of the iconic Lithgow SAF Museum collection that we hold so dear. Possibly
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.
Yesterday's events in New Zealand have
serious consequences for us all. Because Muslim extremists attack Christian
churches in North Africa and the Middle East is no justification for such
hatred and ideology in what we consider our more open, free and democratic
society. As with Martin Bryant in 1996, the actions of one lunatic affects
so many more of us. Should the death penalty for such crimes be considered,
rather than giving them room and board for the rest of their lives?
- LERA (Lee-Enfield Rifle Association of Australia) has regular shoots at
Hill End in country NSW. www.leraa.com
Facebook page is
Lee-Enfield Rifles rule!
'An Illustrated Guide. Instruction of Musketry
1854 - 1922'.
Compiled by G. Tom Davis. Printed and perfect bound in Cambridge. A4 format
with red illustrated covers. 64pp with pictures and illustrations of service
longarms starting with the Patt. 1853 Enfield up to the Magazine Lee-Enfield
Short Rifle of the 1914/18 War. Detailing over twenty-two editions of the
Official Army Musketry manuals originally issued by Horse Guards and
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
Cost is £15, per book plus postage (postage relative to destination)
Australian import note from
an older collector... Any wood items now being imported, are being
irradiated for a $200 each fee. Old furniture, even any thing with wood
knobs, are seized and $200 billed for each item to be treated. Frank brought
in 2 old carpenters planes (as in for shaving down wood), they have wooden knob handles
at the front. Customs wants $200 for each to be irradiated; Frank said they
are not worth that, so told them to 'shove it'.
Replacement barrels on
Lithgow rifles may be determined by the number of inspection marks around
the breech. In the form of '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. Thus, subsequent replacement barrels can be
determined; usually a replacement serial no. was stamped when fitted during FTR,
depot or by a field armourer.
1st proof of the barrel was done in a proofing block jig, the 2nd proof was
done with the barrel breeched up to the action body. Barrels were dated on
the left side with the year, e.g. '17 and serial nos. were added after they
were mated up to an action body when the rifle was assembled. Check it out!
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 we have for sale now...
Ian's - For Sale page
'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 the serious collector. Order from Michael, e-mail:
email@example.com for $55
plus $13 postage (Australia).
'No Front Line', Master's on
Australian Special Forces, Afghanistan, p.461-2 has record
kill at 2,815m by Pte. Henry & L/Cpl. Steve with Barrett M82A1s,
2 sniper pairs near Keshmeshkhan, 2/4/2012. Earlier record by a
Canadian in Operation Anaconda, Paktia province 3/2002 at
2,430m bettered by British corporal in Helmand, 2 confirmed kills at
2,475m in 11/2009. 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, fromn Badger at Milsurps Forum. Click on
the strip below to download 8 min., 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,
'Calendar Girls', updated calendar with close-up auto action...
M16, Vickers, Bren, Thompson, Browning, M60, Tactical, MPs & MGs.
$12.00 plus p&p. Available from select dealers/gunshops (widescreen PAL
format). Or e-mail us...
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
The interactive Research CD has manuals & out-of-print books as .pdf files,
marks & models photos, armourer charts & research material (manufacturing
The 2-disc sets are $35.00 plus $6 p&p Australia, $10 overseas.
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',
shortly. We go from printing books to DVD & CD now. A picture is worth
a thousand words.
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.
Enfield & Brit Military data in our Archives at Enfield Collector, go to
Also see the page on Serial nos.
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
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.
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
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: $4.00
New HANDBOOKS #39 (Ruger 10/22) & #40 (Winchester M1892);SAIS #24 (Sten Mk
V, VI & IIS)
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!
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 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.
- 50 pages, colour
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
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...
information, the latest on computers, technology, viruses, &c. is all on the
internet for free. Just Google it!
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: 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
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