Dating mossberg rifles
Designed with varmint hunting in mind, it has a long, heavy barrel, and a benchrest style stock.
Plain pistol grip birch walnut finished stock with semi beaver tail forearm made to NRA specifications, sling and 1.25" swivels.
Local Defence Volunteer units ( latterly Home Guard) were utilising almost anything on which they could lay their hands, and such small-bore rifles as were in stock with gunsmiths or manufacturers were taken over by the War Office for distribution anywhere thay might be of value for economical trainig purposes. The initial contract, in June 1941, was for 10,000 rifles.
Previous to this date, Mossberg had used only a letter code on their production rather than serial numbers.
Plain pistol grip walnut stock and semi-beaver tail forearm, case hardened butt plate. Special Thanks to Jack Myers for the last 4 photos.
Exploded View Special thanks to Jim from Indiana for the Photo's.