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    Calling All Lend Lease!

    Hi there everyone I recently picked up a deactivated rifle in UK which turned out to be a British Lend Lease. Could not believe it.
    Anyway myself and some friends have decides to create a Facebook group with the aim of working towards creating a master list of all British Lend Lease M1 rifles which we come across.

    You can find the group on Facebook at:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2395401994104009/

    If you are not Facebook Savvy but would lke to take part please PM or email me at [email protected] with some info on your BLL m1.

    Thank you!

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    Scott

    #2
    Scott, Are you recording any M1 rifle with British proofs ? as collectors have different categories concerning these proof stamps. Some feel that only the 1941 and early 1942 rifles with the rear part of the barrel marked with Birmingham proofs and the letter code are authentic period Lend Lease rifles. Also you have rifles stamped with the London proof at the rear part of the barrel but without the letter code too. Then you have rifles that have the British proofs stamped on the forward part of the barrel between the gas cylinder rear ring and front sight.

    I have a data sheet from the GCA that was completed in 1999 that shows serial number 7860 rifle as a "direct conversion" from gas trap to gas port and the barrel has London proofs at the rear and is dated S-A 8-40. The data sheet states this rifle was shipped to the USA. I also have a rifle with a S-A 8-40 and London proof marks too (photo) My point, not all rifles marked with British proof stamps are in the Lend Lease group

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      #3
      Thanks mate i am aware of that. I have had 2 Rifles in the past with barrels british proof marked at the date and they were both 1944 dated so obviiusly not BLL.

      There are specific markings to look for, I know, however there are other things too such as black Suncorite paint on the rifle as well as red paint on the insides of the weapon.

      I know mate but we can but try!😁

      Scott

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