March 19, 2010, 11:21 PM
its really nice but im not too sure on the new unfired claims
it looks more like it was sanded really well and reparked. anyone think its actually new and unfired?
March 19, 2010, 11:52 PM
IMHO if I had a truely unfired rifle that old I'd be selling it for WAY MORE than 700 bucks. But that may just be me being greedy.
March 20, 2010, 12:07 AM
yeah i agree it just doesnt seem legit to me
if you look at the back end of the receiver it looks like the parkerizing is either chipped or scratched
March 20, 2010, 05:17 AM
I'm no expert on the No1 Enfields but aren't they oil blackened when manufactured? The only Enfield that was parkerized that I'm aware of is the real late Long Branches but maybe the Australian rifles were. The wood appears sanded to me, if it was an original I would think the seller would put up more photos and ask more money for it.
Check at http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/, several Lithgow experts their.
March 21, 2010, 06:49 PM
Some #1 Mk 3's made by Ishapore in the between Wars period were blued- I have one!
March 21, 2010, 08:12 PM
A 1945 Lithgow MIGHT be unfired. I would doubt the claim, as I agree with AT2 that an actual unfired rifle from WWII would be valued 3X the asking price. It could be legit, but I really doubt it. And, where is the Queen's Arsenal?
March 21, 2010, 10:02 PM
Out of focus pics of auction firearms make me very leery.
March 21, 2010, 11:02 PM
It been redone quite clearly. It doesn't have an aged Linseed coating on hence the lack of the red tint. The metal work coating is totally wrong for every Lithgow I owned, handled or read about, the markings have been clearly obliterated, including those you should easily see on the right side of the butt socket. I can't make out the serial code on the handle there. If anyone can determine that one it be pretty easy to tell when that part was at least made and where. The serial number also been obliterated from the receiver just before the barrel. No Lee Enfield would be made without the markings. It just not Commonwealth practice.
What I suspect here is he parkerised the rifle, destroying the markings, sanded it down really smooth, and then stuck on a couple of coats of finish. The story attached to it is 99% sure is bs and any historical value of the rifle has been really damaged. Should still be a good shooter than if the barrel is good. Should be worth in the $150-200 region around here.
March 21, 2010, 11:35 PM
Pretty rifle though. My Lithgow (42) shows a lot of use, and the coachwood stock is pretty brittle. About the only Enfield I have that I have not fired.
March 22, 2010, 09:12 AM
I notice that the "buyer" has only one rating...I suspect a shill bidder.