A buddy's friend just got back from a combat tour in Afghanistan and brought back a No.1MKIII SMLE. It's been rode hard and put away wet many times and has minor "field repairs" to the handguards. The brass buttplate is so tarnished that it is slightly dark. The bore is excellent (looks like the natives appreciate and care for their rifles) and the only part missing is the safety/locking lever. It looks like it has been tied to a truck and hauled down a gravel road based on the dings to the stock.
I am very impressed with how rugged this rifle is!!