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At a gun show yesterday, I picked up a plastic oiler for my No 4 Mk 1 rifle. On top of the cap are the letters DCP with an arrow placed vertically through the C. Can anyone identify these markings? :icon_scratch: Thanks. -IJ
After more research, I'm wondering if the "DC" in DCP could indicate a Canadian manufacturer . . . ?
The one I got so marked from Strangely Brown is tenatively ID'd as being Canadian. Yes Mick, I still have it! :)
At a guess I'd say Dominion Plastics.
www.enfield-stuff.com has a comprehensive list of all oiler manufacturers. My No4 Mk 2 has a brass Mk 4 BSA oiler in the butt trap. How do I know?? This site has the BSA marks.
With oilers, like everything else the Brits were great recyclers and the old brass oilers of all marks were apparently used, along with the plastic ones until the end of the service life of the SMLE type rifles of all models in the late 1950's
The good news . . . enfield-stuff.com shows the exact marking on my "mystery oiler". Fourth row down, second from the left. The bad news . . . it seems to be the only design on the page that does not identify the manufacturer. Seems it's a "mystery" to them as well. Thanks for the lead, Art. I think I'll look around for a suitable brass oiler to keep in the rifle and stow the bakelite mystery piece in my parts box until its origin finally surfaces.
"...arrow placed vertically through the C..." Canadian. The broad arrow in the 'C' is a Canadian acceptance marking. Likely Militia 1950s/1960's issue. The CF went to Canadian made FAL's in the mid '50's. Militia wouldn't have been issued 'em quickly.
"...once known as Long Branch is now the city of Etobicoke..." Nope. The Long Branch Plant was in what is now the City of Mississauga, not Etobicoke. Grew up about 5 miles from the Plant.
[QUOTE=Art;58384]www.enfield-stuff.com has a comprehensive list of all oiler manufacturers. My No4 Mk 2 has a brass Mk 4 BSA oiler in the butt trap.
my '55 came with an aluminum/aluminium oiler with a brass cap and a alumimumum spoon.:icon_e_ugeek:
thats funny; aluminium is showing as a spelling mistake!
"thats funny; aluminium is showing as a spelling mistake!"
U.S. spelling is "aluminum" only 1 "i". Apparently your spell checker uses U.S. English.
Aluminum and aluminium, Mazak vs Zamak, tomatoes vs. 'mayters.... ;)
I have a sneakingest feeling that aluminum = a northern hemisphere registered trade name/aluminium = a southern hemisphere registered trade name; which means, god forbid, we're all right!
Must be time for myth busters...
It depends on whether one uses UK spell check or US spell check.
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