I have a lithgow sht*111 1918 and im not sure if its a surplus or the real thing it seems very old the wood is dark and greesy feeling also has some patch work done on stock and and near muzzle at the end of frame.I also have an old hi-standards u.s.a model h-d and would like to know when it was made it was found in an old broke down house some info on the both would be so helpful thank you
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June 2, 2009, 05:00 PM
based on what you have said the lithgow would be a legitimate australian made WWI battle rifle ,
the change from mkIII to mkIII* occured in mid-late 1915 , so a 1918 rifle would definetly be a mkIII* , it would of coarse have had a full wood stock when made with a steel nose cap[bayonet boss]
these are BSA made rifles but yours should look like these , particularly the bottom one -