Stoppage Drill, on 21 January 2012 - 06:45 PM, said:
I come across converted Lee Enfields frequently. There is a German version, which I have only seen a couple of in the last decade, where a G98 is converted to 12 or 16 bore. They were marketed by a firm called Geha. They frighten me - the barrel is completely replaced (original would not have been large enough ) and forward locking lugs on the Mauser bolt are redundant. It relies on the one rearlug for locking.
Thanks, but I am not sure you have understood my question.
There were official conversions of the SMLE into shotguns done in India (referred to as "muskets" and shooting a special .410 round (basically an unnecked .303 case) A lot of these were imported into the US in the 1990s. Then those that are far more common in the UK, rifles that were converted to .410 to allow them to be held on a shotgun certificate as opposed to the full license.
My question was whether these recent civilian conversions to .410 needed to be reproofed by a proof house as shotguns after they are converted and that if they did it is likely the bolt and the receiver would be marked as shotgun rather than rifle components. (This was specific to the conundrum in UK law identified by Granville where an identical component-group could have two very different legal statuses)
None of the bolts on my .410 Indian musket conversions have any distinguishing markings although the left side of the receiver under the safety is marked with the conversion date. The Indian conversions also have the magazine removed and the well blocked with a piece of wood to which the follower is attached to provide a loading platform for what is now a single shot weapon. Ishapore also converted some SMLEs into single shot rifles in this manner.