Very Good Condition
This is one of the early WW2 MkIII .303 SMLE rifles manufactured by BSA.
Being a late date for a SMLE, it wasnt long after this BSA reverted its resources to building the Lee Enfield No4 Mk1
Matching numbers on bolt & action
Originally a British Issued rifle after the losses of Dunkirk, and some time during or just after the war ended up with the Canadians
This is one of the 1000s of rifles we re-armed the Italian Army & Navy with, most of which remained in storage until recently
There are various Italian Arsenal Marking on the Butt & Barrel which denote:
Military marking for the Italian
Arsenal at Terni - Fabrica Armi Terni (FAT)
This rifle is in Good Original Military Condition
with a Good Bore measureing .304"
These are genuine Military Surplus rifles in service condition
that have not been messed about by civillian gunsmiths etc.
If you are looking for a new condition all matching rifles
these are not for you, if you want a rifle that is historically honest
Most of the SMLEs from the Italian Navy have an interesting
history, at some point during WW2 they have been used by the Canadians
After the war when the Allies re-armed the Italians, they were given large stocks of SMLE & No4 Rifles by the Canadians.