*VERY RARE CANADIAN S.A.L. LONG BRANCH NO. 4 LIGHT RIFLE.
SN J5550 13. Cal. .303. British. 22.8″ 5-groove bbl. Very rare Canadian lightweight as described in Ian Skennerton’s reference book The Lee Enfield, pgs 324-326 and stamped with project designation number “J5550”. SNs “13” stamped on receiver, bolt and trigger guard. It is converted from a No. 4 Mk I* action with reduced thickness sidewalls and left side profile like No. I Mk VI trials rifle. Front sight also similar to Mk VI, with light alloy trigger guard, magazine well and forend cap. Large recessed hole in knob of bolt handle which is slightly swept forward. Distinctive and immediately recognized lightening cuts in buttstock and grooved forend and hand guard. Non-original hard plastic buttplate fitted by Bob Faris with an old Hawkins pad included in this lot. PROVENANCE: From the Estate of World Renowned British Rifle Collector Robert W. Faris. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish near excellent throughout with nearly all of the orig bluing. With some loss at the high points with alloy trigger guard and mag well bright. Bore is near excellent, shiny and bright. Wood is also near excellent with some very slight handling marks, noticeable on the left side just above the magazine. Unmodified wood somewhat proud of the hard rubber buttplate fitted to buttstock. A very attractive and scarce variant of the classic bolt action rifle. 51608-18 JWK (4,000-10,000) C&R – Lot 1659
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