This rifle is from the lifetime collection of noted firearms historian and author Luke Mercaldo, and it was featured in his well know Reference book “Allied Rifle Contracts in America, 1914-1918″. Along with the purchase of the rifle, you will receive a signed copy of the book, and a notarized letter of authenticity from the author. IT CAN BE FOUND ON PAGE 147.
In Mint Crisp all matching condition, we have a very early 1942 production U.S. Lend Lease Savage Arms made No4 Mk1∗ Lee Enfield British Service Rifle. this is the Mk1∗, which has the later bolt take down slot and other simplifications. You will notice the simplified L type sight that was used because there were not enough adjustable rear sights for the rifles being made. The rifle is not import marked nor is it British export marked. These rifles were made at the Savage Arms Plant in Chicopee, Massachusetts and were provided to Great Britain as part of the Lend Lease program. You will not that they are marked according to US Military Ordnance conventions, with the “flaming bomb” and “P” proof mark and the “U.S. Property” marking. Today, these are among the most popular of the No.4 Enfields among collectors and that certainly has to do with its American origin. This is a super sharp condition example that would have been made at the peak point in wartime production and to find it so well preserved is a huge deal. Please note that this rifle comes with all the correct original Savage marked accessories, including, the sling, action cover, bayonet, and cleaning kit. These items are nearly impossible to source at this time.