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Ishapore N0. 2A1 rifle magazine help

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Andrew Wyatt, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    I need some help with a project i'm working on.

    Can any of you out there get me some measurements on the ishapore .308 SMLE magazines?

    I need to know if they're the same dimensions as the .303 SMLE magazines. if so, they'll be able to be modified to fit the number4mk1.
  2. Zeke Menuar

    Zeke Menuar Well-Known Member

    The Ishy 2A mag fits in a No4 MkI. I have no dummy rounds available so I couldn't check feeding.

    Now you must divulge your secret project to the masses

  3. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Well-Known Member

    Thre are differences between the 303 and 7.62 NATO mags. They will fit in the magazine well and lock. I'll dig them out later.
  4. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    I have two enfields, a number4mk1 that's a parts gun with loose forestock, so so barrel, and minor headspace issues, and a number4mk2 that's in primo condition.

    I'm going to convert the number4mk1 to .308, because the ammo's less expensive.
  5. cavmanjack

    cavmanjack New Member

    A SMLE No4Mk1 made in 48

    I was looking for a project gun at the dealers and found a No4Mk1 with a great bore. Took it home and started to do some research. On the side of the reciever it says No4 Mk1 (F) FTR on the first line and /48 BQ13561 on second line. It has a marking of M1944 on the left side of the wrist strap, in addition to the serial number of BQ13561. My question is that all of my research shows the (F) to indicate Farleskey (sic) a plant near Liverpool where it was made, /48 is the year of manufacture (should have a month in front but doesn't), but it is a true Mk1 since it has a bolt release and the trigger is mounted to the floor plate, not the reciever. I thought they stopped making Mk1 at beginning of war to simplify manufacture. Did they go back to the Mk1 after the war???
  6. kpmtns

    kpmtns Member

    "FTR" means factory thourough repair (i.e. rearsenaling/refurbishment) and the "/48" would be the date it was refurbished. I have seen (and owned) other Brit arms that have FTR/XX on them (with "XX" as the year of repair). I'd guess that 1944 was the manufacture date, though I've never seen the whole year listed.

    Enfields were made at Fazakerley up to about 1956, I believe. I have one from 1949.

    No idea on your other questions, sorry.

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