Enfield No.1 Mk III SMLE Upper rear hand-guard?


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Chase.
March 9, 2011, 08:04 PM
Hello,
I have asked before about my Lithgow Enfield No.1 Mk III SMLE... and I have another question. My SMLE is quite nice as it is in very good condition, and has all matching serial numbers. Over the past couple of weeks I have managed to collect all the matching sling, oiler, pull through, bayonet, scabbard, etc. I managed to find all Lithgow, or Aussie, pieces that matched the year of manufacture of my gun :).
The only thing my gun is missing is the C clip(s) on the upper rear hand-guard. The hand-guard itself is completely intact. I was unable to find an original coachwood replacement so I purchased an original british hand-guard that was in bad shape (missing the fingers/prongs, and has a central crack) for five dollars with the intention of switching the C clip over to my existing hand-guard. Unfortunately the clips are attached with brass rivets rather than screws. Does anyone have a clever way of removing and attaching the clips... or any way of purchasing rivets/clips that would be easy to attach to my upper rear hand-guard?

Pics of these hand-guards can be seen here (http://www.enfield-stuff.com/tools/notebook/SMLE_rear_handguard.htm)

Thanks!

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DougW
March 9, 2011, 11:01 PM
I would suggest contacting Springfield Sporters for a new lower handguard. The change of the clips is going to be tough.

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