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Antique rifle uncovered in Afghanistan

August 9, 2012

Few soldiers serving in Afghanistan’s Helmand province would expect to be employed handling antiques, but that’s exactly what one Fusilier has been doing.

Aaron Gray, a Fusilier with 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment, has been tasked with cleaning a Second-World-War-era Lee Enfield Mk 4 rifle, uncovered by troops in Afghanistan.

Continues at: www.army.mod.uk – Antique rifle uncovered in Afghanistan

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2012 21:25

    I have one of those in my collection…I think the one they found is in better condition. Great old rifle!

  2. Jim Pidgeon permalink
    August 9, 2012 22:39

    Does that make me an antique then? That’s what I was issued with when I joined the Paras back in 57, we didn’t get the SLR until we returned from Cyprus in 58′ we didn’t even have a drill for it and tried the No 4 drill but with all the knobs and sticky out bits, it just didn’t work.
    I still have an Enfield No 4 together with 4 different bayonet types, The spike, the single edged blade, the double edged blade and the No 7 with the handle that twist’s and also fits the old Sten and Enfield jungle carbine.
    The old Enfield took some beating.

  3. hectoranibal permalink
    August 9, 2012 23:43

    that great discovery ,a relic really, congratulations.
    greetings to all

  4. bshistorian permalink
    August 10, 2012 03:45

    It’s a No.4, not a Mk.4. Probably a No.4 Mk.I if the American origin is correct.

  5. mo3andjo7 permalink
    August 10, 2012 14:08

    HOW ABOUT ASKING IF YOU CAN KEEP IT AARON – IT WOULD GO WELL ON ‘FLOG IT’!! LOVELY TO HEAR SOME DIFFERENT GOOD NEWS!! OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. FROM THE MO AND JO TEAM – SOMERSET.

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