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    Posted: September 21 2019 at 3:20pm
I have collected the various Lee-Enfield and Lee-Metford rifles for some time now. My wife has been hinting strongly of late that I should let some of my toys go to others but I resist the thought. While at a gunshow some distance away, I found a rifle that I felt that I must add to my collection.

For the first time, I encountered a very early Long Branch No4 Mk1. Note it is not a Mk1*. It is in the 0L29** series. Serials on the receiver, bolt, and barrel match. The furniture is early Canadian. Unfortunately, Bubba had attacked it and had shortened the barrel some time before. The bayonet lugs were chopped off. Now I will be looking for an early LB barrel with the correct markings. I guess that I can live with it for now.


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Aughhh!!!!  Why someone would lop off the end of the barrel is beyond me!  What a shame.  
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Tonsper. Get on eBay right now and type the words, Enfield Barrel.  Some guy has two Canadian Long Branch  barrels for sale...
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There are many possibilities but I suspect this one.


I have a rather nice 1945 #4T missing the front four inches.
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Goosic, I tried about the same time as I saw your note. I went to both .com and .ca. The only barrel I saw was a No1 MkIII. Thanks anyhow. I'll just keep looking.
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Very sought after these early 0L Long Branch rifles. here is my pride and joy. It was FTR'd and has a 5 groove barrel. All original in every way with the magazine/wood serial#s matching the rest of the rifle.
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Found it! They're still both on eBay...
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i have one as well , it was FTRd to mkI/2 , otherwise its also an early 41 
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Such a nice rifle but that barrel makes my soul hurt. Whoever did that had no idea what they had. Such a shame. But I am glad it is in good hands now that will appreciate it.
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Maybe the muzzle was cord worn or something?
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This is what happens when you do not research before modifying an old military rifle into a sporterized military rifle.
 I have a 1942 No4Mk1 (no star) Savage,serial number 1C5237. It was FTR'd and now has the trigger hung from the butt socket. At the time I was making all my necessary modifications, I never once thought to research the rifle and any possible historical significance it might have had. The rifle no longer looks the way it did originally and it still upsets me when I think about it.
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