SMLE Etc, Original, Piling Swivel 'A' & Screw.

These are original SMLE piling swivels 'A', each with an original screw.

The piling swivel was fitted to the underside of the SMLE nosecap behind the sword bar, and was used so that rifles could be linked together and stood on their butt plates in a pyramid shape so that they would be easily to hand and kept out of the dirt when the troops were working or resting.

These piling swivels are the early, or 'A' pattern which were common to all Mks of Lee Metford and Lee Enfield from the Lee Metford Mk11 up until 1923. They were also common to the P14 rifle (rifle No3 Mk1 &1*).

They were superceded in 1923 by the smaller Piling Swivel 'B' which can be found elsewhere in this section (subject to stock). All piling swivels were officially declared obsolete and removed from British SMLEs prior to WW2, although some reserve rifles in store retained them and were issued with them fitted when the rifles were brought from store on mobilisation. Some Commonwealth countries also retained them until well into WW2. Unit of sale 1 swivel c/w screw - swivels are in good but used condition and may have loss of some or most of the original finish.

British Army Part No BB0773.


Note; Of the swivels that we have in stock at this time, many have overwide lugs and may need to be filed or stoned so as to fit their brackets. It is believed that these were made oversized (as replacement parts) to allow for any wear on the parent weapon nosecap, it being cheaper to replace the swivel than the nosecap.

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