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    Posted: February 21 2021 at 12:45pm
Dont know of this the right place to post this but, I recently picked up a mkiii* with the intent to unsporterize it. It hasn't been altered other than the furniture. I did some research for on the rifle from a ww1 collectors guide and figure out most of the proof marks. But half of them still allude me, I believe they are Indian proofs so (there is a rif broad arrow). I was also wondering if it was possible to figure out a month of manufacture by the serial number?

Enfield manufacture 1918 SN: D-3388
The red dots are proof marks I already identified

Thanks for any help

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Interesting it’s a RSAF 1918 made receiver but does have the India 🇮🇳 G.R.I ownership on the receiver,no other RSAF inspection Veiw marks I can see.
RIF= Royal Ishaporez Factory FR 28 mark.
Verifying mth of yr can’t help there.
Cheer’s.
Anyone seen the Tardis Box anywhere? 🤨
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Thanks! My thoughts is that it was produced for the war and maybe made it out a month or two be for the armistice. Then was sent out to the colony in India in 1928 judging by the date under RIF. I hoping she saw one of the two world wars, always nice to have piece of history. Still a decent chance it may have seen the Bruma campaign, I would assume. Pretty nice rifle regardless, she's in great shape 
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The 1928 date is simply when it was repaired at the Ishapore factory. No telling about it's travels overall though.
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Ohhh. I was reading the proofs wrong, the reference I was using has different flag shapes for the proofs. I was looking at the square flags and assuming it was the british not Indian due to that, without even looking that it was gri and not gr. 
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For the lack of barrel date & other English inspection view marks etc etc,my thought is it was put put together at RIF in 1928 not so much as a FR job.
Could of seen time in the India Boarder Confict’s etc.
The D prefix & 4 digit S/N would seem to indicate it was S/N’d at Ishapore factory not RSAF.Emphasize on the lack of E inspection view mark’s.
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Anyone seen the Tardis Box anywhere? 🤨
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