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My old Chief Gunnery Instructor would have a fit if he saw them holding a Sterling like that ....

 

Andy

yeah I can see why the other fella said... 'don't hold it like that'.... cos it looked like the fella had has fingers practically in the ejection port ..... but..I always though holding the mag in a John Wayne style could often cause stoppages due to undue pressure on the mag where it was inserted into the weapon...I know the German MP38 /MP40 was very prone to this despite the fact that 99% of films show them being held by the mag and I think the Sten was also prone to this problem as well???

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Sorry for the late reply, I've just got back from 9 weeks of trials in the USA. Your L4A4 is a Ex New Zealand contract gun from 1973. It was one of a large number imported back in the mid 1990s and was deactivated by Mike Priest of Priest firearms. There are a number of surviving examples from this contract.

 

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Chris -

 

Could I ask what you can tell me about LB32530/UE73A19753? It looks as though it may be a missing one from your list above?

 

Andy

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Hi Andy, Is you gun a 1947 dated gun? I have its younger brother LB32589 which is still a Mk3. I suspect your gun is a also a Ex New Zealand gun but I cant be sure. Can you tell me who deactivated it?

 

Cheers, Chris.

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Hi Andy, Is you gun a 1947 dated gun? I have its younger brother LB32589 which is still a Mk3. I suspect your gun is a also a Ex New Zealand gun but I cant be sure. Can you tell me who deactivated it?

 

Cheers, Chris.

 

Yes, it's a 1947 Enfield Mk. 3 converted to L4 spec but interestingly carries both the old and new serial numbers - the old ones haven't been overstamped. I'll have the certificate by the end of the week so will let you know who did the deactivation.

 

Andy

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Thanks for that.

 

We Brits always left the original serial numbers and markings in place but barred through them with 2 parralell lines. The original L4A1s retained the original LB number but the L4A2 had new numbers starting with UE59A1 marked above the original LB number. The L4A3 had its own set of serial numbers starting from UE62A1 and the L4A4 continued with the same serial sequence as the L4A2 starting at approx UE61A10000.

 

Intrestingly, in 1961 Enfield were still assembling new .303" Mk3s and producing converted L4A4s at the same time, the new .303 mk3 guns at this time also had the new format serial numbers like UE61A6901 (One of my own guns).

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Most of the L4s I quoted above are Mike Ps guns and all are Ex NZ guns. I didnt realise Mike still had some left.

 

He dosent. He gets the ODD one here & there. Or is able to source a reciever & builds one up from parts & then chops it.

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