NOTE: New info has been found thanks to Matthew Derichs, he writes: I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of things about the rifle/bayonet you are selling... you may find interesting! First, I believe the stock is original, and absolutely correct for 1940. The "Ishapore Screw" is regarded as a post WW2 feature. A 1940 would not have the screw. Second, your bayonet IS from 1913. It had its hooked quillon removed at some point. For sale is a British No.1 Mk.III rifle in caliber .303 British. It includes an original sling and a Pattern 1907 Bayonet (Bayonet No.1 Mk.1) with Scabbard. The rifle is an early Ishapore made SMLE. This rifle was FTR’d in 1940 for WW2, and does not retain the original Ishapore wood stock. The Indian made rifles that were manufactured prior to 1949 are stamped with GRI (like this one), while the post 1948 are stamped with RFI. RFI , standing for Rifle Factory Ishapore, which is still in operation today. There seems to be a little unfair bias aimed towards the GRI marked rifles as being of an inferior or lesser quality build. I feel that this is unwarranted as the rifles produced prior to independence were subject to the same quality assurance, British tooling equipment and British trained inspectors as any other British made SMLE at the time. The rifles had to be inspected to such high standards, as they were being sent all over the world. Also , when you consider that the Indian army numbered just over 200,000 men at the start of WWII (that would grow to 2,500,000), they couldn’t afford to be making inferior or substandard weapons. There are some great markings on this rifle. It will be a fun project to fully decipher! All parts are numbers matching. The bore and rifling are very good with some light pitting that doesn’t interfere with accuracy. The sling is original. A beautiful representative piece of the British Empire’s history. About the bayonet: After the hooked quillion was done away with in 1913, many of the earlier style bayonets were converted to this style by grinding off the hook (not this one). Further changes were made in 1916 when a 3/16" hole through the pommel was added (this one), to serve as a clean out for the bayonet lug track in the pommel. In 1926 the bayonets nomenclature was changed from the P-1907 to "Bayonet No 1 Mk I". This bayonet remained in service well into WWII. A collector will usually encounter some variations in this pattern(pommel & grip sizes , shapes and fullered and non-fullered blades) depending on the period of production and its manufacturer. This one is post 1916. Small, stable crack in top rear hand guard.
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