Recently acquired SMLE No.2 Mk IV. .22 long rifle, single shot. British Army training rifle manufactured in 1936. Full size as a regular SMLE No.1 Mk III service rifle, only in .22 rimfire not .303 British.
The gun is designed to drop the empty cartridge case off the bolt head and down into the empty hollow Enfield magazine box. Pretty slick. Metal finish is original I believe. Stock was redone in its past, whether in a British arsenal or by a subsequent owner- who knows. Regardless, it's nicely done and I'm proud to be its custodian.
Bore is beautiful and it shoots nicely. Initial backyard trial with Winchester Match CB Long's yielded 50 foot groups of 1/2", with the gun elbow rested on the deck rail, and with ammo that's not optimal. I hold high hopes for it with premo ammo off the bench at 50 yards. Stay tuned.
Now the search begins for a Parker-Hale target sight that was a no-drill add on for SMLE's.
And yes, I'm aware it's missing the brass stock disc. I have one coming.