The above rifle is a commercial sporter produced by Parker Hale post war based on a 1940 BSA No1MkIII* action. Charger bridge has been removed, barrel shortened and sporter sights added. The stock was made by Sile and supplied to Parker Hale.
A close-up of the markings on the reciever and barrel. Note the military broad arrow.
These are the markings on the butt socket of the rifle. Again, typical military markings, and they also indicate that this rifle was one of the WWII manufacture rifles commonly refered to as dispersal rifles.
A close-up of the Parker-Hale markings on the barrel.>
A five round magazine marked Parker-Hale and Made in Japan has been added to replace the original ten round military magazine. These magazines also appear to have been supplied to Golden State Arms for their line of Enfield based sporter rifles.
PRE WWI LONDON SMALL ARMS CO. EXPRESS SPORTER RIFLE
This rifle is an import from Canada, purchased from an estate where the rifle was found up in the attic. The quality of the rifle is superb, the action is as smooth as glass and the rifle points naturally. Note the LSA markings on the butt socket and Nock's form, and total lack of any military markings.
The action of the rifle. The bolt and bolt cover are of the same design as the early Lee-Enfield carbines. The rifle sports a purpose made 5 round magazine held on by a nice small link chain. The sling is a period canvas and leather Parker-Hale. A closer picture of the action with the bolt closed showing the distinctive shape of the carbine flat handle bolt.
The front sight is mounted on the muzzle on a very elegant high rise. Initial belief was that the riser was made as a separate piece and then either soldered or welded to the muzzle. However, detailed examination under a magnifier shows that the riser is turned from the barrel steel proper.