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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2005 11:27 am 
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Hi

ok
I want to get a british made sten mark2

I want to know what marking would be on a british made one if any

what would be on the bottom of the mag well
and would it be dated


Cheers ... Tony


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 17:34 pm 
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Uk Stens,

Its not usualy possible to determine a date of constuction (I say this as the parts were produced all over the UK and assembled in to a gun in one of the ordnance factories) however it is possible to determine for sure if a STEN is pre or post April 1942 by looking at the trigger mechanism side plates. If the trigger cover is screwed into these its a pre 4/42 construction, if the cover is clipped on by dimples in the cover engaging holes in the side plates, its post 4/42 assembly.

With ref to assemblers, the easiest way to identify them is to check the serial number, a B prefix serial would be a BSA assembled gun, E would be Enfiled, F would be Fazakerley etc. its also possible to determine the individual parts maker if the part has the wartime code on it, i.e. M47 is BSA guns LTd.

Canadian

A Long Branch (Canadian) example would usualy say Long branch on the mag housing and have a L in the serial number i.e. 7L2345.

It is also usualy dated on the mag housing.

Another way to determine if a gun is a Long Branch is to look for the LB interlocked logo on the body, however don't confuse this with the LB logo (plain letters) of Lines Brothers of the UK who also made parts for British STENs.

I hope this helps you some.


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hi

At last someone
Thanks very much for the info

It helps alot


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