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Markings on Stock Disk Martini Metford Rifle 2 years 7 months ago #68800

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G'Day, Brett
I knew I had been told of that some time ago - but the memory failed as to the source.
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Markings on Stock Disk Martini Metford Rifle 2 years 7 months ago #68811

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I can confirm what Brett says about deactivated MM's being used in Cadets at school in the 1950's and 60's. We did not see Lee-Metfords. I attended a senior school in the province of Natal, in those years.
We also had a shooting range, and a team of marksmen in the school, and I'm sure we used rifles with Martini breeches, but I could have sworn the barrel had a .22 bore.
Is that possible?
Thank you to the cognoscenti for info on this rather battered and much-traveled MM AC Mk111.
I'd like to do something to the end of the barrel to allow it to accept the muzzle ring of a pattern '88 bayonet, of which I have many.
Any reasonable suggestions? (Obviously in a way which doesn't make the rifle look any worse!)

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Markings on Stock Disk Martini Metford Rifle 2 years 7 months ago #68814

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Yes, there certainly were Martini rifles in calibre .22" - several BSA patterns were used here at schools (mine had .22" SMLEs). I suppose you could file down the expanded muzzle of MM AC Mk.III to accept the P/88 - sounds horrible but maybe needs must ……………..
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Markings on Stock Disk Martini Metford Rifle 2 years 7 months ago #68823

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To expand on the Lee-Metfords in the Armoury at Estcourt High School .......
Getting issued with one on parade day for the first time meant that you were now a 'big boy'. Other rites of passage were largely prohibited in those far off days. It was believed that the bolts for the LMs were stored at the local Police Station, and that the rifles could be made functional again, if necessary. No-one knew what the 'necessary' might be given that by the 1950's Lee-Enfields from both World Wars were readily available to the military, police and public.
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