These are original clearing Plugs for British .303" Lewis Guns.
These tools are the Mk2 version, a modification of the Mk1 by the addition of a claw shaped lever on the end of the handle which was designed to lever whole jammed rounds from the chamber (fired or live). This modification was announced in the 'Lists of Changes' paragraph 17938 dated 31 August 1916. All the examples that we have are marked 'Plug Clearing Gun Lewis No2 303 B.S.A.' with minor variations to the form or layout (see attached picture for a typical example).
The tools are in very good used condition. All are usable and undamaged but do have wear to the finish commensurate with service use over several years. Although none are marked with discernable dates the inspection stamps suggest that these are probably of WW1 vintage and re-issued for WW2 service.
Unit of sale 1 tool. British Army Part No not known. Stock No LEWIS10.
Lewis Gun .303" Clearing Plug Mk2
- Manufacturer: Lewis
- Product Code: LEWIS10
- Availability: 3