Please help identify Long Lee markings

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Please help identify Long Lee markings

Postby christaylor » 24 Aug 2016 04:17

Can anyone ID some markings on a '93 Long Lee? I get that the broad arrow in a 'U' is Union of South Africa, but what is the little superposed 'C'? What's the 'Z' in front of the stacked rifles (forward part of nocks form)? The right side of the stock has a barely legible round emblem with a II underneath it. Thanks

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Re: Please help identify Long Lee markings

Postby terrylee » 25 Aug 2016 08:55

Another NVB marked rifle.

Although your rifle bears the usual South African markings, I am unable to suggest the significance of the C or Z. I believe the "N.V.B." stands for "Natal Volunteer Brigade" otherwise known as the Natal Volunteer Composite Regiment. This was formed in 1900 from members of the Natal Volunteer Regiments who would otherwise have been restricted to Natal.

The fact that your rifle has a commercial B.S.A. barrel is typical of Long Lees which were later had their barrels replaced while serving with the Union Defence Force.
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Re: Please help identify Long Lee markings

Postby christaylor » 28 Aug 2016 02:35

Thanks- do you know of any good resource for history of the Natal Volunteer Brigade?
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Re: Please help identify Long Lee markings

Postby terrylee » 28 Aug 2016 09:12

Christataylor, I attach an extract from A.G. Tylden's "The Armed Forces of South Africa" published in 1954. Afraid that is all I have.
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Re: Please help identify Long Lee markings

Postby christaylor » 29 Aug 2016 05:09

Terry. thank you!
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Re: Please help identify Long Lee markings

Postby roconn » 28 Sep 2016 20:54

Not 100% sure but i understand the "C" could mean Cordite for the newer ammunition to replace other Marks preceding.
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