Posted 23 March 2008 - 08:25 AM
I saw this rifle laying on the table and I asked the dealer what the deal was with the copper wire wrapping. He said that it was reinforcement for a grenade launcher. I laughed and said, "you're kidding?" and he said, "No crap, look it up." I asked how much and he said cheap and I bought it, but sill questioned it. I got it home and went on the WEB and sure enough I found some information backing it up.
Is there anyone here on the forum that can tell me the history of this grenade launcher reinforcement of the Enfield. What years was it done and was it successful? Was it a common thing? When did they quit using it? What countries used it? I had never heard of this before today.
The men of this forum have always been a great source of information and I hoping someone out there knows something about this weapon.
Thanks in advance,
Posted 23 March 2008 - 08:34 AM
Looks nice a nice clean piece and a good find. However, as a reminder our Forum rules restrict discussion topics to US military related items.
I suggest that you post your inquiry at the British Enfield Forum over on Gunboards. I am sure that the Enfield nuts there can help you out. Here is the link: http://forums.gunboa...isplay.php?f=55
Posted 23 March 2008 - 05:10 PM
The british did in fact try wrapping brass bands around the stock to try and keep it from cracking when firing grenades. From what I have seen this was not a terribly common thing, and so it is debatle if any were ever used by the AEF. I'd say no unless somoene comes up with a photo.
However.. in WW1 they iused a thicker braqss band, and odd thatthey did not keep doing it thorugh WW2 so I assume it did not work all that well. The ones found today like this one are not WW1 prodeuction (well the rifle is but not the brass). These are the ones with brass wire wrapped around it and soldered on the ends to hold it in place. These were done in India for their army after WW1.
They imported a ton of them back in the 80's/90's and they did not sell all that well. So there shoudl be a lot floating about- a lot of folks just cut the band soff and so you cana lso find SMLE's with the marks on the stocks.
Posted 23 March 2008 - 05:32 PM
We all try to keep all the pics of the guns up by finding what we can to justify them
How about a friend or foe of the US Military arms section Charlie?
Posted 23 March 2008 - 09:32 PM
Posted 24 March 2008 - 07:27 AM
A lot of actual British done grenade wraps were cord wraps, instead of the copper wire, and there are also grenade launching rifles that had stamped steel reinforcements...
I was curious as the the butt socket markings, as for Enfield collectors, its always a plus to get a grenade launching variant that is British made, with no Ishy refurb marks...also, if the right side of the butt socket indicates British manufacture, check the left side for an Ishy refurb mark and date....
Posted 24 March 2008 - 12:05 PM
Posted 27 March 2008 - 03:08 PM
The rifles will often have WWI dates but this setup was strictly WWII.
Do go to the Enfield site for more information.
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