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  R.I.C Carbine Enfield Mk1*  1902  .303  Mint Condition

          Idea for anyone interested in Irish History

       This Lee Enfield Mk1* carbine cavalry carbine was converted to Enfield rifling and fitted with  a 21 inch barrel, nose cap adapted to take the Pattern 88 knife bayonet It is also fitted with a small six-round magazines.

      A total of 11,000 were supplied by the War Office as a free issue to the RIC between March 1904 and June 1914.
     The new Lee Enfield carbine's were first issued to the Reserve Force at Dublin's Phoenix Park Depot in March 1904, before being distributed across the county forces. 

       As this RIC Carbine has a stock disc dated 1/05 this LIC Carbine might have been sent to County Monaghan as they did not take possession of the carbines until April 1905. 
      In September 1920 the RIC wrote to the Ministry of Munitions of War to communicate their desire to sell as scrap approximately 10,000 of the 11,000 of these carbines, which were to be replaced by Lee Enfield SMLE  Number 1 Mark lll* service rifle.

      In late November 1920  10,000 Lee Enfield Cavalry Carbines were shipped to the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock for destruction.

      Proximaly only 1000 out of the original 11,000 were not sent to Enfield, either they were broken for parts years before or maybe they just went missing or sold out of service as this one has been.

    This LIC Carbine hass very clear 'sold out of service stamps on the receiver'.



Very clear factory stamps on the reveiver and the bolt



Very clear 'E' on the barrel, indicating 'Enfield rifled barrel'.



A good view of the magazine cut-off and turned down bolt



'In and out of service' stamps on reveiver and barrel



The stock disc shows the day of issue  1/05 (Jan 1905)

                         The R.I.C Rack number 7966


A very nice and clear cartouche 'Enfield stamp' which indicates a Mark 1*



A good veiw of the Bayonet lug with the barrel adaption for the 1888 bayonet



The detachable 6 round magazine



This is a fantastic condition RIC Carbine for 118 years


     This Museum condition RIC Carbine was owned by collector for around 45 years.  This collector passed away three years ago at the age of 90 and his collection has now come onto the market.  

     This collector had all his rifles on a 'collection only' FAC and never shot any of his vast collection of rifles.

                                     This L.I.C Carbine is just stuning   


A request by the War Office for 'surplus' Lee Enfield Carbines to be sent to England (Enfield) for 'disposal'.

RIC Distruction notice.webp
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