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by englishman_ca
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary and an SMLE.....
Replies: 27
Views: 2818

Re: Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary and an SMLE.....

Yes, not sure as to why it is called a butty because there is very little or any butter in it. An all time favourite with the bread fried in the bacon grease to a crispy golden brown and topped with the thinest smear of Marmite. Sounds good, don't it? Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. I g...
by englishman_ca
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary and an SMLE.....
Replies: 27
Views: 2818

Re: Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary and an SMLE.....

and wash it down with Guinness....
by englishman_ca
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Milsurp After Hours
Topic: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: I put a deposit on my first gun show table.

I might seem a little flippant, but I think that many gun show vendors figure out the value of something then double it! It is always easier to haggle to lower than the asking price than it is to haggle it up higher! Price tags have never stopped me from asking politely as to what would be their roc...
by englishman_ca
Tue May 01, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: That nasty, forend destroying square on stock bolts.
Replies: 3
Views: 561

Re: That nasty, forend destroying square on stock bolts.

Non of the LMC or LEC series of carbines use the square end bolt and keeper plate. Some late MLE rifles did use such a set up. They are usually marked with a '2' on right hand side of forearm just in front of the butt socket, and also marked on the right butt stock wrist. http://i63.tinypic.com/351x...
by englishman_ca
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Milsurp After Hours
Topic: Lebel
Replies: 5
Views: 675

Re: Lebel

Ya, I always thought it a bit dodgy putting spire point center fire bullets nose to tail in a tube magazine. The old .35 Remington Game Master pump action is a common hunting rifle for deer around here, they used centerfire cartridges, but their tube mag had a spiral twist fluted so bullet did not r...
by englishman_ca
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Milsurp After Hours
Topic: Lebel
Replies: 5
Views: 675

Lebel

I traded some stuff years ago with a guy who found his grandfather's bring backs in the attic. Amongst the buttons and badges were some cartridges. This is one of them. Not particularly rare or valuable, but it is a genuine souvenir and I can imagine. I think that it is neat. 8mm French Lebel? 1908 ...
by englishman_ca
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Martini-Henry Artillery Carbine Mk.I
Replies: 41
Views: 4559

Re: Martini-Henry Artillery Carbine Mk.I

They sell an aqueous lanolin based creme at the local hardware store. It is called 'Bag Balm' and it works like a charm :shock:

Not sure who first used this in their Martini, I can only imagine the scenario.
by englishman_ca
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Huh?
Replies: 9
Views: 1175

Re: Huh?

It could be for a fixture that holds a flag that says 'BANG!'

Either that or a lamp fitting, looks to be about the right thread.
by englishman_ca
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Old guys at the range
Replies: 1
Views: 447

Old guys at the range

Sorry, but I just had to share.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIJjB9WJsJM
by englishman_ca
Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Martini-Henry Artillery Carbine Mk.I
Replies: 41
Views: 4559

Re: Martini-Henry Artillery Carbine Mk.I

IMG_2309-2.jpg This is a commercially rebuilt and scrubbed Mk.I IC1 that I restored. Although the receiver was scrubbed, there were enough factory inspector and other marks on the rest of the gun to determine that it was manufactured at RSAF Enfield circa 1888. It shoots like a charm. IMG_2324-2.jp...
by englishman_ca
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: A few rare Lee-Enfields.
Replies: 17
Views: 4461

Re: A few rare Lee-Enfields.

I prefer the bolt handle that sticks out rifle style. Makes manipulating the bolt a lot easier and faster than the tucked in to the body carbine bolt handle. The top one has the rifle bolt and is the lightest. I also like the ten rounder. I reload for these, much more pleasant to shoot than with ful...
by englishman_ca
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: A few rare Lee-Enfields.
Replies: 17
Views: 4461

Re: A few rare Lee-Enfields.

Not actually Lee Enfields..... http://i64.tinypic.com/2zq65nr.jpg Top; Pattern 1892 Lee Metford Trials cavalry carbine, first variation. One of fifty. Middle; Pattern 1892 Lee Metford Trials cavalry carbine, second variation. One of fifty. Bottom; 1895 LMC MK.I cavalry carbine. One of 500 purchased ...
by englishman_ca
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary and an SMLE.....
Replies: 27
Views: 2818

Re: Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary and an SMLE.....

I have some of that stuff, I wish that I had more. We used it for the Bren re-enacting . It cycles pretty good!!
Good and loud in the Lee Enfield. Earplugs are a must!
by englishman_ca
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Upkeep, Repair and Restoration
Topic: Home spun cavalry carbine stock.
Replies: 6
Views: 1139

Re: Home spun cavalry carbine stock.

IMG_2048.JPG So with a bit of effort theses old war horses can be brought back. Non of my projects are wall hangers. I live in Northern Ontario out in the country. I can literally step out of my back door (or front door) and shoot my rifles safely. My carbines get carried a lot in the woods for pre...
by englishman_ca
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Upkeep, Repair and Restoration
Topic: Home spun cavalry carbine stock.
Replies: 6
Views: 1139

Home spun cavalry carbine stock.

I have several restoration projects that ground to a halt due to the lack of available parts to complete the assembly. IMG_2444-2.jpg Cavalry carbines were purchased by the Canadian Govt, 500 Lee Metford in 1895 and 2300 in 1896, with an additional 300 in 1898. These carbines are out there and many ...
by englishman_ca
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary and an SMLE.....
Replies: 27
Views: 2818

Re: Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary and an SMLE.....

She's a keeper! lol I was sitting at the breakfast table one morning and the mail arrived. I opened a letter and there was a cheque inside from somebody who wanted to buy a rifle that I had restored and put up for sale. I laid it on the table. The cheque was quite healthy and when 'She Who Must Be O...
by englishman_ca
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Drill Rifles??
Replies: 15
Views: 2529

Re: Drill Rifles??

Nope, all that was done to these early Metfords was the stamping of DP on receiver ring, barrel nocks, in front of trigger guard and on the butt stock either side of the class of arm markings. They are 100% functional and would pass morning inspection by the RSM. As I understand, they were used as D...
by englishman_ca
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Drill Rifles??
Replies: 15
Views: 2529

Re: Drill Rifles??

A very good point. Current Canadian drill rifle specs are to weld the breech up and weld the muzzle closed. White paint band on butt and muzzle. Other countries' specs range from completely deactivated to completely live. Status is that DP marking I guess and maybe some form of paint band. These one...
by englishman_ca
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Drill Rifles??
Replies: 15
Views: 2529

Re: Drill Rifles??

Thanks, I am lucky to be their custodian for a while.

They didn't look like that when I got them. They have been repaired and refreshed.

All three are live and capable of firing ball rounds.

I have gauged them and they seem to have very little wear.
by englishman_ca
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Drill Rifles??
Replies: 15
Views: 2529

Re: Drill Rifles??

Since that I actually managed to post a pic, I am feeling clever and will try another one.

Martini Enfield artillery carbine Mk.II converted in 1899 from an 1888 IC1.
by englishman_ca
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: Drill Rifles??
Replies: 15
Views: 2529

Re: Drill Rifles??

IMG_3253.JPG
Drill Purpose


These are my two drill rifles. Both 1891 MLM Mk.I*. Both DP marked with iron butt discs. Both have India arsenal markings.
by englishman_ca
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Milsurp After Hours
Topic: Anybody who used to be a member years ago still out there?
Replies: 16
Views: 4268

Re: Anybody who used to be a member years ago still out there?

Welcome back! Pull up a log, sit by the fire...
by englishman_ca
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Upkeep, Repair and Restoration
Topic: Wood is where you find it
Replies: 2
Views: 1954

Re: Wood is where you find it

I've been finding old walnut furniture at garage sales, even at the dump.

I can make at least one or two handguards out of a table leg.
by englishman_ca
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Upkeep, Repair and Restoration
Topic: Cavalry carbine nose caps.
Replies: 1
Views: 1513

Cavalry carbine nose caps.

I have been lucky enough to find a few sportered cavalry carbines over the years. All good shooters and all potential restorations. Finding replacement parts isn't easy. Almost impossible in fact. So I tried my hand at stock making and built a wood duplicator. So stock problem solved, I now had to f...
by englishman_ca
Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: I was gifted some 303
Replies: 5
Views: 2203

Re: I was gifted some 303

Old ammo is getting pretty collectable theses days (it always was) so it does not make good sense to shoot it off unless you have a bucket load of it. It is often worth more as collectable. Some cartridges can bring premium prices, sometimes hundreds of dollars for one rare round. It is worth resear...
by englishman_ca
Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: 1887 Martini Henry Mk. IV
Replies: 23
Views: 6245

Re: 1887 Martini Henry Mk. IV

A neat enough job that doesn't look out of place. Well done.

The patch will mellow and darken with time.
by englishman_ca
Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: I was gifted some 303
Replies: 5
Views: 2203

Re: I was gifted some 303

Worth more than 18c per round these days.

Providing the ammo has been kept cool and dry, it should be fine.

A buddy gave me some 100 year old gallery rounds. I have shot of about a dozen, and every one went bang.
by englishman_ca
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Classic British Firearms
Topic: 1887 Martini Henry Mk. IV
Replies: 23
Views: 6245

Re: 1887 Martini Henry Mk. IV

Don't use oak for the patch. use walnut. The oak grain is very different and will stand out like a soar thumb.

If you don't have an old stock to cut a chunk of walnut, I can send you some.

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