February 2, 2022
November 1, 2013
Good Lord! The true reason for this nonsense wasn’t concern over “safety,” it was another way (in addition to import duties) to protect British gunmakers from foreign competition. Not that European-made guns weren’t also subjected to heavy import duties by this country.
February 4, 2008
Its got two sets of proof marks. The original ones with letters in a circle and the word Cordite and the bullet weight and case length are Birmingham proof marks which is interesting.
The circles around the letters such as NP and BP are or when the firearm is of foreign manufacture. Its bit hard to read nut it appears to have the stamping for NOTBRITISHMAKE but the form of this looks a bit different to usual. These markings would have been applied during 1925/1955.
There is a a second and I think latter proof next to the WCF on the barrel. This will be some letters and a number through crossed pennants or flags. Have a look at these with a glass and if you can read them clearly I can give you the date this second proof took place.
Now we have the full serial number of the carbine, Bert may be able to tell you the month and year it was made…