i took my son to the gun show today to help him along with his new illness in bolt action rifles.
we were looking at N0 4's and N0. 1 mkIII
while he was looking at them at one table i watched several people pick up a No 5 Mk1 and look it over and put it down. i went over and picked it up and looked it over and put it down and we walked away.
well, for several hours and i kept thinking there was something about the rifle i needed to go back and look at it again. i did, and i am really glad i did. the guy that had the rifle was getting tired of people looking at it. the rifle looked really bad (DIRTY). i started to walk away and turned around and asked him what his best price was. i tried not to smile as i handed him the money. it was a great deal for me. when i got home i took it apart and there was so much crude, grease, etc. that i put it in the bath tub and sprayed scrubbing bubbles all over it. i let it sit for about 5 min. and then washed it off real good and dried it very good. all the parts have matching numbers, hand guard, stock, front lower stock, bolt, mag,etc. everything has a number on it that matches. the metal finish is very nice with some wear here and there. there are some very small repairs on the stock.the bore is bright and shiney, great lands. it apears to have been carried a lot, but not shot much. it is an original unmolested ( not refurbished)1945 B.S.A. ( M/47C)
we finally found a No1 MKIII for my son. i was afraid he was not going to buy it, but he did. ( had he not bought it i would have). he also got it for a very good price. it is a 1911 manufactured, B.S.A. co. the finish is very nice, wood is very good and no import markings on it.
i will post some pictures when i get my camera fixed or a new camera.