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Votes please, my little collection

A full 360
0 (0%)
War Hero
1 (1.4%)
Ys Bonnie lad
2 (2.9%)
Enfield Rifles
0 (0%)
Norton compares to you
11 (15.7%)
Less is More ini
10 (14.3%)
BSA Big Arms
6 (8.6%)
Love erda
14 (20%)
Japanese Rebel
4 (5.7%)
The Bitch
11 (15.7%)
Littl eBull
5 (7.1%)
Gentle Giant
6 (8.6%)

Total Members Voted: 44

Voting closed: November 28, 2016, 22:48

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Offline Grant

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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2016, 19:28 »
That's why I work for myself.
But makes the works Christmas do a bit quiet.
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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2016, 23:00 »
That's why I work for myself.
But makes the works Christmas do a bit quiet.

At least you don't have to put up with pissed dickheads you wouldn't normally have anything to do with outside of work.
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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2016, 17:01 »
Voting Closed ;o(

I would have given that SMLE a vote if not one - Reminds of the MANX.

Offline Gerald

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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2016, 20:28 »
The 1100R did well :)
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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2016, 07:39 »
It did surprisingly well but after all it is a very good bike!

Ron,  what is an SMLE?

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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2016, 10:08 »
I think SMLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield rifle) is Ron's cryptic reference to the Enfield motorcycle.
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Offline Vince

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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2016, 10:13 »
In other words a 303,my guess

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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2016, 17:08 »
or more correctly, (rifle), short, magazine, Lee-Enfield,

James Paris Lee being the designer of the bolt and Enfield the first factory to make them, still in use in various parts of the world by police/military, Bangladesh and Nigeria being two closely followed by India. In Canada they remained on active service with military (albeit reserve) until about 2014/2015 and The Royal Navy (British) may even still have them on board ship for floating mine destruction , maybe not, I could now be out of date.

I have two, first is a 1918 SMLE, all totally correct and very unusual in that it has not had an "in service"  or any other rebuild, like most and consequently the serial numbers all match, including the multiple wooden parts. Still shoots straight and is a delight.

The second is a 1942 no: 4 converted by Parker Hale in 1962 on new old stock reserves into a sporting weapon, complete with shorted barrel, shortened magazine and Monte Carlo stock, now fitted with an American scope mount (B-square) and zoomable scope by Carl Zeis,
also still shoots straight and is also a delight PLUS it cost me £140 about 25 years ago, and today people are paying £9000 or even £12000 or more for new rifles that can do no better, so the 303 ammo is a bit hard to get.............who cares, not me. The trigger mechanism has been getting slowly stiffer and stiffer in recent years and Two gunsmiths have recently done work on it, one of those is a Laverda OC member and more recently it has been to Fultons of Bisley and is now bang on, it had a new sear and cocking piece fitted and tuned to my requirements, all parts available easily and cheaply, not bad for an item that is now 75 or so years old, actually (gulp) the other is 99 years old next year!!!!!
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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2016, 21:03 »
Ironically British special forces (SAS and SBS) now use Canadian made Colt Canada flat top C7s. I remember in the early 60s being able to buy brand new surplus Lee Enfield jungle carbines (short barrel, anti-flash muzzle) for about $20. Parker Hale conversions were very popular here for hunting, ammo was cheap and easy to get.
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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2016, 22:08 »
I remember when I was about 16 years old you could buy old army surplus .303 rifles for $10. In those days anyone could walk into an army surplus shop or sporting goods store and buy them, no questions asked. There were racks of them all for the same price regardless of condition. You'd have to fossick through them to find a good one that wasn't too beat-up. I should have bought a hundred of the bloody things as a retirement fund ::)

At about the same time (late 1960s) my brother Tim and I saw two unused WLA Harleys still in their factory crates in an army surplus shop for $10 each. We wanted to buy them but our dad vetoed the idea ... "what do you want those old things for?"
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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #25 on: December 16, 2016, 03:36 »
There used to be half a dozen big as in shop size,gun shops in George st,main drag of Sydney when I was a kid.Spent plenty of time window shopping.My uncle had a 303 and I remember having a few goes with it, he also had a .22 Hornet magnum with scope and set trippers,thats 2 trigers,one was pulled and that set the second on a hair.Used it once with him having a  go at some pigs ,they took off out of a pile of dead timber and I dont know who was more shocked,the pigs or me. Missed hitting them all.I was very keen on getting a Korean war M1 Carbine to match the Lithgow .22 I had at the time,didn't happen. Much harder to buy and own anything now after the big gun law change in Australia
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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #26 on: December 27, 2016, 08:08 »
or more correctly, (rifle), short, magazine, Lee-Enfield,
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On a minesite in the western Pamir Mts at the tail end of the Tajik civil war I can recall the astonishment of an army brigadier when, on inspecting arms captured from some mujahidin fighters, discovered the rifles to be pre WW1 Martini-Enfields (Khyber Pass Copies no doubt). although grudging, he had more respect for the prisoners after realising what iffy equipment they had. I felt like I'd walked onto the set of Zulu and wasn't altogether reassured that all was well. Our camp and minesite were overrun less than a month later whilst I was on leave in Aus 8) (I baled from that job and didn't go back..)
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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #27 on: December 27, 2016, 23:31 »
I've got a P14 (7.62 conversion) for sale if anyone wants one. The Manx authorities insist I can only use it on a range and not in my back yard. Shooting at 50m gets a bit boring anyway. Also it's just too much hassle these days to go to the Uk to shoot it a couple of times a year.
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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #28 on: February 08, 2017, 00:13 »
When it came time for Annual Cadet Camp we were issued a .303 each and took them home on public transport and no one thought anything about it. The school armoury was extensive back then.
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Re: Bike of the Month: November 2016
« Reply #29 on: February 08, 2017, 00:51 »
Yep same here, we even had Bren guns.