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This rifle likely saw service during WW1 and again in WW2, and was then arsenal overhauled before being sold off as surplus in the 1970s-80s.Bore is good, exterior has lots of the arsenal refinish, and stocks are good but with assorted battle or storage dings. Hart was a career Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as an avid arms collector.Hart.) Read more about the biography of this remarkable American patriot on the Hart Collection Biography page- (View Picture) SMOF6882 - HPH 318 - FRENCH MAS MLE 1949-56 7.5MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE WITH GRENADE LAUNCHER AND SCARCE NIGHT SIGHTS - FROM THE HART COLLECTION Serial number G13955.About mint unissued with perfect bore, 99.5% dark parkerize finish, unblemished wood stocks.1 MARK III .303 LEE ENFIELD MADE AT LITHGOW IN 1918 - FROM THE HART COLLECTION Serial number 48422 matching from time of arsenal Factory Thorough Repair.
(The exception being the locking system which is similar to the Tokarev and Ljungman and some others).
PROVENANCE NOTE- This is item number 318 from the Howard P. This item has the Hart Collection inventory tag attached, and comes with a certificate of provenance and a copy of Howards fascinating autobiography, signed by Jean Hart. Howard Hart, and this outstanding collection adds to its desirability for your collection and for future owners and helps preserve the legacy of Mr.
Hart.) Read more about the biography of this remarkable American patriot on the Hart Collection Biography page- (View Picture) SMOF6864 - - HPH 64 - AUSTRALIAN NO.
If you have a Curio & Relic FFL, we can ship items considered by the BATF directly to you, as long as there are no state or local restrictions (California?? If you do not have a C&R FFL, then we can only ship guns made after 1898 to a FFL dealer in your area. Additionally; this rifle has the uncommon brass butt plate and the adjustable rear ladder sight, features that were deleted and replaced with more cost saving and easier to produce zinc butt plates and flip peep sights.
The dealer will have you fill out a 4473 form ("yellow sheet") to conduct the required federal "Brady" instant background check, and any other paperwork required in your area before allowing you to take possession. The bore shows signs of light usage but remains shiny and strong.