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    Default Lee Enfield Baltic carbine conversion.

    Moving pics from Photobucket again, thought that I might share..

    One of the little known versions of the Lee Enfield is a conversion carried out by RSAF Enfield on old inventory of Long Lees held in stores into a cavalry carbine for the Baltic states.

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    Using pics of an original carbine that is in a Canadian collection, I made up a tribute to the carbine out of an 1896 sportered MLE Mk.I.

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    The sporter was cut down, but I could not bring myself to break it for parts as it was in fine mechanical condition with a bright sharp bore.

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    So I cut and recrowned the barrel at 21 inches, draw filed it to reduce the taper to accept the P1888 bayonet, spliced and reshaped the forearm, fitted a Rigby cap.
    The original was converted from a CLLE, but this one is close enough for me.

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    Great little carbine, pretty rugged with that heavy barrel. It shoots well, I like to carry it around the farm for predator control, it is fast becoming a favourite,

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    This is a Lithuanian soldier I believe.

    Does anybody else have an example of this carbine?
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    Looks good!
    ..........As do the Mosin type sling slots in the first picture.

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    I believe I have one of these conversions. Mine started out as a BSA LE I (1896), was modified to a CLLE I* (1908) and then at some date converted to the carbine version. Mine has the sling swivels but it doesn't have the Mosin type sling slots. This has been a mystery gun for me for some time until I stumbled on this thread! I can post a few pictures if I can figure out how to do it. (I have to take some pics first!)

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    I wonder if the carbine with the Mosin-style escutcheons in the stock was intended as a cavalry carbine, and the version with regular swivels only was intended for artillery or service troops, etc.?
    BTW, that is a nice restoration!
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    That could well be FGD135, but there are so few known examples of these carbines in captivity, it is difficult to see any pattern and form any conclusions.

    I find this fascinating as they are a bit of an unknown on this side of the world, not much written about them.
    I wonder just how many of these are floating around still in eastern Europe.
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    Here are the pictures I promised. Note that the carbine came with no upper front handguard, the one in the pics is a replica I fashioned from a US Model 1917 handguard and two clips from a SMLE Mk III.Attachment 3219497Attachment 3219499Attachment 3219503Attachment 3219511

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    Thanks! I really like all things Cavalry. Not sure why...

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    Here are JCA1942's pics.

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    Fascinating!!
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