SMLE Pattern 14 No.2

Probably the most popular caliber firearm in most of the world. Many of us have more than one. They also are very collectible and still cheap to shoot.
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SMLE Pattern 14 No.2

Postby PeterN2 » Wed May 18, 2016 4:37 pm

I went to the Northern Shooting Show in Harrogate the weekend before last and came home with this. It is a SMLE Pattern 14 No.2 training rifle. It is converted from a 1914 dated SMLE MkIII. The barrel has been bored out and a .22 liner added. The bore is bright and it shoots OK. The numbers match on the receiver, barrel, bolt, nosecap and forestock. The rear sight has been renumbered to match. The volley sight pointer is missing. The conversions were approved in 1916 so I presume it would be about this time the conversion was done. They were originally not issued with a magazine but later an empty box was added to catch the empties. The odd thing about this rifle is the magazine well has had a plate added to form an internal box to catch the empties. I don't know if this has been done by a local unit armourer or a later civilian owner. I would be interested if anyone has seen this before. A few pics.

Pattern 14 Right full.jpg

Pattern 14 Left full.jpg

Pattern 14 Left action.jpg

Pattern 14 Right action.jpg

Pattern 14 Rear sight.jpg

Pattern 14 Butt socket markings.jpg

Pattern 14 Magazine plate.jpg

Pattern 14 Magazine plate 2.jpg

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Re: SMLE Pattern 14 No.2

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu May 19, 2016 6:50 am

What a great rifle Peter. I have seen this magazine base creating a box on other converted early rifles but I do not think it was an official modification as it is not shown in Skennertons book..........

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Re: SMLE Pattern 14 No.2

Postby Aughnanure » Thu May 19, 2016 8:21 pm

Beautiful, Peter; I have one of these converted from an earlier conversion of an MLE to a SMLE Mk II, but mine has a magazine case.
Still shoots really well.
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