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Old September 16, 2009, 04:13 AM   #1
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1853 three band enfield

G/Day Mates,,New to the forum from australia. I have purchased one of
IMA's nepal untouched 1853 enfields and i have it at a friends home in CA
while I arrange the paperwork for import to Ozz.
My question is ,should this gun have a serial number, and if so where on the gun would it be located. (that area would have to be carefully cleaned to expose any number) as this old gun is cruddy.
thanks in advance Gavin
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Old September 16, 2009, 06:40 AM   #2
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Y'know, that's a really good question.

I'd assume that by the time of the Enfield that they had centralized production at RSAF Enfield and no longer farmed out piecework, but I'm not at all certain of that.
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Old September 16, 2009, 04:38 PM   #3
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I have an early Parker-Hale reissue that is serialised on the side of the barrel opposite the lock at the breech end. Whether that has any bearing on original production rifles, or Nepalese locally made versions, I cannot say. Best ask your friend to give it the ol' eyeball and tell you what he sees, or if there is any reference to a number on paperwork with it. Presumably if it were applied for military property or inventory purposes, it would not be concealed or difficult to find, unless obscured by dirt/grease or rust.
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Old September 16, 2009, 06:15 PM   #4
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I have never seen an Enfield rifle musket with a serial number and AFAIK they were not used at that time.

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Old September 16, 2009, 08:26 PM   #5
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many thanks for your help jim, tom, tamara
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Old September 29, 2009, 10:32 PM   #6
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more then likely on the bottom of the barrel if it has one or on the butt plate
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Old October 2, 2009, 05:10 AM   #7
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I've only seen serial numbers on Sniders. In all likelihood, your gun is not going to have a serial number. Is that a requirement for getting it back to Oz?
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Old October 16, 2009, 03:43 PM   #8
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I have 2 original 1853 3 band rifles, a model 1 and a model 2 and other than the expected inspector markings there are no serial numbers on either.
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