The No.4 Mk1(T) is a legend. It served the British during WWII as an absolutely remarkable sniper rifle. Rugged, accurate, and comfortable to shoot, the No.4 Mk1(T) was a sniper’s dream! These rifles started as standard No.4 Mk1’s that were hand picked for their above average accuracy. They were then shipped to Holland and Holland, H&H, where they were restocked, scope mounts added, and a scope fitted to the rifle. The quality of work done by H&H was superb. The accuracy was nothing to write home about by today’s standards, the requirement was a 3″ group at 100yards, but it is an accepted fact that the No4 Mk1(T) rifles actually get more accurate the further you go out. You might shoot 3 MOA at 100 meters, but it will likely drop to around 1.5 MOA at 600 meters. These rifles served superbly throughout WWII (from 1942 on, when they were introduced) and actually served up through 1991 as the L42A1 (A slightly modified No4 Mk1(T))

These rifles are my personal favorite from the historical catagory of Sniper Rifles. I do hope to add one to my collection before too long. You can expect to pay over $1800 USD for a good complete rifle. They are highly sought after rifles, and I will gladly pay that amount!

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Michael McAllister

My father obtained a No.4 MkI (x), and i inherited the rifle when he passed in 2011. I know my dad shopped for rare guns and never just bought a gun on a whim. So, now I have a rifle that does not really have too much sentimental value (I have a plethera of sentimental guns from my dad), and would like to convert it into a sentimental gun my daughter will use.

The rifle has No4 MkI (superscript “x”, as best i can make out) imprinted on the receiver, as well as U.S. PROPERTY on the top of the receiver.

The stock receiver below the safety, has: 34C5563, a large 5 and under the five is 1942.

It has an 800 yard adjustable peep-sight, the wood is in excellent shape, and the front sight is missing. You can see the strip of adhesive the on the top end of the barrel, that held a front sight, or muzzle break. It has a sling mounted in the wood, not a band around the front stalk.

Is this a sought after rifle, or just a run of the mill, old rifle? I have no idea what it is worth, or if I would be crazy to sell it. I am really wanting to get something out of it to start a new memory with my daughter.

Any help would be very much appreciated. It is too late to ask my dad. I will give you my Cell Number, but don’t want to post it globally.

Thank you,
Michael

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Mel Ewing

It sounds, based off of the description, that it is just a No4Mk1 rifle without much collector value. But I am not an expert with the No4Mk1 rifles and it might be worth either checking the blue book of gun values or talking to an expert. I know the (T) versions (sniper) pretty well, but not the non sniper versions. Sorry

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Tristan

I’ve actually got one of these myself. Currently they aren’t worth much to collectors, But they are sweet to shoot and have they best bolt rack I’ve ever (personally) felt in a rifle.

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Mel Ewing

The actual (T) sniper versions were made in fairly large quantities for a sniper rifle, but they are still worth a good amount to collectors. If you have an action (T) and its original and has matching optics, then you may be surprised as to its value.

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Sean Prosser

Michael- What you have is actually a No4 Mk1 * (it’s an asterisk, not an X).
What that indicates is that the rifle was (since it’s labelled US Property) manufactured in the US by Savage-Stevens, and is a 2nd generation of the No4 Mk1.
The only real difference between it, and a Gen 1, is that the bolt release was changed to a simpler “notch” design for easier manufacture, and teardown.
They’re great little rifles…known for being a bit more accurate than the original No1 Mk3 version of the SMLE (Due to a slightly heavier and thicker barrel)

No significant collectibility unless it is in IMMACULATE condition, but a great little shooter
for general use.

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C.E. Haverty

Just acquired a Savage No4 Mk1(T), 15C6XXX, Squared “S”, 1942, “flaming bomb”. Sight mount and cheek stock mounted. “TY” noticeable under the forward Sight Mount. Rear sight “milled” (no combat peep sight). Left forward side of the receiver has the “BNP” stamp. Aluminum butt plate. Rear stock has a “5” inside a box just being the trigger guard and a crown and below the crown a “X5” (I believe). Wondering where I could possibly find the actual (or reproduced) sight mount and Mk 3 Scope to bring this rifle up to date? Also was presented with a Savage Spike bayonet for the No4 Mk1 w/scabbard (looks like a stylized screwdriver {- not +). Can you suggest any further information? Greatly appreciated. Aloha from Hawaii.

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Mel Ewing

With the raised cheekpiece and two sight mounts there, it would certainly indicate it is a (T) model. There should be a “TR” marked on the left side of the wrist “band” (goes around the stock down to the trigger guard) and a “T” on the left side of the receiver, somewhere near the No4Mk1 marking. Those will be certain (T) markings. In regards to finding a correct scope and mount, that will be difficult. Keep your eyes peeled on the auction sights and some of the larger collectible classified web pages as well. One just might eventually pop up. They were matched to the rifle and matching ones (number of rifle engraved on scope, etc) are very desirable, but would be near impossible to find the matching one to your rifle.

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John

Can you explain how the rifle goes from 3 MOA to 1.5 MOA. What causes this to happen?
If the flight of the bullets are divergent enough to print a 3-inch group at 100 yards, what changes their flight path? Isn’t this contrary to Newton’s first law of motion?

Thanks,
John T.

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Mel Ewing

Yes, I am of the same thought, but the idea is that the correction for spin drift will diminish on some rifles as the distances grow. Odd phenomena, but supposedly true.

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Tristan

I’ve got one of these i bought at a gunshow thinking it was a standard rifle, upon further inspection i realised someone had cut down and refinished the barrel. I was dissapointed to say the least when i found this out but it is stil a superbly accurate rifle, even at 500+ meters it never fails to impress.

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