|Place||Oceania: Australia, Victoria|
|Object type||Firearm component|
|Physical description||Wood; Brass|
|Place made||United Kingdom|
|Date made||c 1912; 1916|
First World War, 1914-1918
Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Experimental Rifle Butt
Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Experimental Rifle Butt. The butt is stamped on the right side with a Commonwealth of Australia (Victoria) roundel, 10721 (crossed out) and 2/12. It is fitted with a spring loaded, brass butt plate which is engraved on left side CONNELL PROV PAT No983 9/8/16 AUST. To fit the plate the butt has been shaved down and has a pin through the wood with a brass washer on each side to hold the spring. The butt disc and sling swivel are missing and there is a burn thumb groove on the left side of the wrist.
This spring loaded butt was never put into production. The patent lapsed and the original lodgement documents were destroyed so the identity of the inventor is not known. The butt is British and was originally issued as part of a rifle to Victoria in February 1912.