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Breech Cover.... ?

Started by MikeS , Mar 20 2017 06:30 PM

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#1 MikeS

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:30 PM

Hello Gentlemen -

 

I picked up a breech cover, but am not sore exactly what for. Pics tomorrow, but for tonight, it is a tan color, pretty grimy and stained but only one possible stamp I cannot read. It is three button with leather lace on the front. Doesn't seem to fit the Brit MkIII* very well as the place with the extra patch doesn't line up correctly.

 

The buttons are a bit unique as they have a flattened dome on top....

 

Any thoughts? I know it is difficult without photos...

 

Thanks!

- Mike



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:10 PM

Possibly for the 1903 Springfield or M1917 US enfield.



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:51 PM

Doyler is right, the breech cover was used on both rifles during WW I. The photo depicts the breech cover as used on Enfield rifles of the 91st Division. The inset is of the front & back of a breech cover.

 

The "extra patch" or padded portion of the cover should fit over the rifle's bolt.

 

Photos courtesy of the LA Times & Bay State Militaria.com

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Edited by world war I nerd, 21 March 2017 - 04:54 PM.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:23 PM

I have one of the covers.Just cant get to it to photograph it



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:29 PM

That's it! Many thanks Gents!  B)



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:14 PM

I forgot mentioned that the leather thong was for securing the cover to one of the sling swivels to prevent its loss.



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:22 PM

Does it have three snaps (as you mentioned) or four (as the example posted by WWINerd)? That could make the difference between a UK and a US cover, otherwise they are pretty close in design. About 10-15 years ago the UK (usually 1942 US Savage production for the UK No.4 Rifle) covers were fairly commonplace on the US surplus market, and could be found at almost any militaria or gun show. The US WWI covers have been scarce for a long time.




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