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Long Branch No4 Mk1*
Serial No
Calibre.303
1950
Price: £625

In Very Good Condition.

Manufactured in 1950 by Long Branch in Canada, Small Arms Limited.

Long Branch Small Arms Factory
The Ordnance Branch of the Department of National Defense authorised the construction of the factory in 1940.
After transfer to the Department of Munitions and Supply, a Crown Corporation, Small Arms Ltd. was formed to operate the facility.
By June 1941, the first five rifles had been produced. Huge quantities of British-pattern military small arms were manufactured there during the Second World War, including the No.4 MkI* Lee–Enfield bolt-action rifle, and the Sten submachine-gun (or machine-carbine).

Small Arms Ltd. Ceased operations at the end of December 1945.

On the 1st January 1946, operations continued as the Small Arms Division, Canadian Arsenals Limited. The factory was finally closed in 1976.

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Although rifle production at Longbranch had ceased in 1945, in 1949 the No.4 rifle went back into production.
Production in 1949 was comparatively low, but picked up in 1950. 1950 is the last year of series production.

A nice Long Branch No4 from the last year of production with matching numbers on the bolt & action>

Very nice walnut furniture, butt is marked with "L" denoting a Long Butt.

Original 5 groove barrel in good shooting condition gauging very tight at .302".