P-14 Enfield?


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fallingblock
August 22, 2004, 09:05 PM
One of our club members turned up with a P-14 Enfield at the military rifle match on Sunday.

The marking on the receiver is "ERA".

Could one of THR's milsurp folks tell us if this is an Eddystone production rifle, or was it produced in Britain?

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swingset
August 23, 2004, 03:47 AM
ERA is indeed Eddystone. Winchester also made the P14/P17.

Britain never produced the Enfield or manufactured a variant of it, even though they contracted and issued it.

fallingblock
August 24, 2004, 07:28 AM
I'll pass that information on to him.

The dealer he got it from didn't know about Britain never producing the
P-14.

This place is a great resource!:D

There's a good brief history of the Eddystone plant at:

www.scott-duff.com/Eddystone.htm

Jim K
August 25, 2004, 08:17 PM
The Eddystone plant was a Remington operation, and "ERA" stands for "Eddystone Remington Arms". The Remington (Ilion) made P-14s are marked "RE" in an oval.

Jim

fallingblock
August 25, 2004, 09:18 PM
I was puzzling over the acronym "E.R.A.":confused:

The owner of the P-14 will be pleased to have the information.

There yet remains a wide array of surplus military rifles here in Australia (although a large proportion of the 68,727 handguns destroyed in the 'buyback' were military and pocket pistols) and the military rifle match is a popular event at shooting clubs in Australia.

It's a good chance to see a lot of historic hardware in action.:)

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