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ISHAPORE RIFLE PARTS.

India produced a large number of SMLE rifles of various marks. Most of these were produced at the rifle factory in Ishapore (Bengal). Indian produced rifles are stamped RFI (Rifle Factory Ishapore) and rifles produced while India was a British colony are marked GRI (George Rex Imperiatus, King George- Emperor) whereas on post independence rifles the British crown stamp is replaced with the Indian Ashoka. Slightly different production methods and available materials (especially wood) means that there are several varations in components unique to rifles produced in India. Widespread use of Indian produced rifles by British and other empire troops, and the large number of rifles repaired in Indian arsenals means that Indian components are frequently found on rifles originating in the UK or Australia. Indian marks (especially FTR stamps) can be found on No4 rifles although India did not produce No4s.

Grenade Launching rifle 1946, SMLE No1 Mk III* SMLE No1 Mk3* 1951 Rifle 7.62mm 2A 1967

Ishapore Rifles were produced in .303" and later in 7.62mm. Production of these 7.62mm rifles, known as the 2A (@1963-65) and 2A1 (@1965-70) continued into the early 70s.

Large numbers of these rifles came onto the American market in the mid 1990s and while they look very similar to the standard .303" rifle there are important differences. The most visible external differences are the square site protector ears and the squared-off flat bottomed magazine.

7.62mm 2A Magazine& comparison of Muzzles (2A on left, No 1 MkIII* on right)

- note square protectors and absence of piling swivel on 2A

 

The information on these pages is intended for guidance only. Always consult a knowledgeable gunsmith concerning firearms safety and parts replacement.

 

 

BASIC COMPONENT BREAKDOWN OF: ISHAPORE 7.62mm 2A1

Click links to photographs of components:

1    Buttplate (& 2 screws)     

15  Bayonet Mount

2    Buttstock

16  Piling Swivel

3    Buttstock Marking Disk    

17  Sling Swivel

4    Bolt Body 

18 Fore-End

5   (left side) Safety/Locking Lever  

19 Backsight

6   Retaining Spring

20 Backsight Protector

7   Cocking Piece

21 Bolt Head

8   Charger Bridge

22 Breech Cover loop

9   Action Body  

23 Magazine Group

10 Rear Handguard  

24 Magazine Catch

11 Front Handguard

25 Trigger Group

12 Front Band (& screw) 

26 Trigger Guard

13 Foresight   

27 Rear Sling Swivel (& 2 screws)

14 Nose Cap

 

ISHAPORE 7.62mm 2A1 Major components.

The rifle used as the basis for these photographs is a 1967 2A. It is in fairly typical condition for the rifles imported into the US in the mid 1990s. The metal is covered with a thick black paint (several coats) and the furniture has a low quality varnish on it. This particular rifle has also been marked with a yellow stripe. There is some suggestion this is a means of identifying the 7.62 rifles from the large number of .303" rifles that remained in service. Despite its rough apperarnce the rifle is remarkably accurate and retains the inherent reliability of the SMLE.

 

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF MAJOR COMPONENTS

            


1      Buttplate (& 2 screws)    

       

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

Check No1 MkIII equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


2      Buttstock    

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

Check No1 MkIII equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


3      Buttstock Marking Disk  

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

Check No1 MkIII equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


4      Bolt Body   

    Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

Check No1 MkIII equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


 5      (left side) Safety / Locking Lever  

             Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

Check No1 MkIII equivalent

 

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


6       Check No1 MkIII equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


7      Cocking Piece

        Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

Check No1 MkIII equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


8      Charger Bridge       

      Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


9     Action Body  

            Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


10    Rear Handguard

       Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

11    Front Handguard  

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


12    Outer Band (& screw)  

   Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


13    Foresight 

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


  14    Nosecap

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


15   Nosecap (Bayonet mounting)

            Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


16   Piling Swivel

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


17    Sling Swivels

    Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


18   Fore-End

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


19   Back Sight

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

20    Back Sight Protector

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


21    Bolt Head

              Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


22    Breech Cover Loop

     Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


23    Magazine Group

        Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


24   Magazine Catch

     Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

  RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


25  Trigger Group  

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


26 Trigger Guard  

     Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


27   Rear Sling Swivel (& 2 screws)

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


 

Click here for a gallery of Enfield pictures

Click here for images of No 1MkIII components (cut off, etc)

Click here for images of No4 Mk1 components

Click here for images of No 5 Jungle Carbine components

Click here for odds and ends.

The information on these pages is intended for guidance only. ALWAYS consult a knowledgeable gunsmith concerning firearms safety and part replacement.


Suggestions, comments, corrections and additional public domain images for publication on this page should be sent to:    CHRIS McDONALD