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Old March 28, 2012, 01:15 PM   #6
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Try here:
for a catalog of the stamps & other marks. Enfields are famous (infamous?) for arcane stamps & hieroglyphs.

The proof (BNP, not BMP) should be 18.5 tonnes as has been said. The BNP stands for Birmingham Nitro Proof (from the Birmingham Proof House, London Proof House was just "NP") & was stamped when military rifles were released for civilian sale. The 18.5 tonnes was a system of pressure measurement in use at the time & doesn't mean it can take an 18,5 ton weight or anything, its just nomenclature that was in use.

There are makers marks, proof marks, ownership marks, inspector's stamps & so on so it takes a while to figure them all out & some you probably never will find as they were just "Inspector 12's" mark he checked something.
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