Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action rifle - Ross Mark III with Warner and Swasey scope

Centrefire bolt-action rifle - Ross Mark III with Warner and Swasey scope

Date

about 1915

Object Number

PR.5941

Provenance

Former Pattern Room Collection.

Physical Description

With Warner & Swasey sight, not the original designated sight. Straight pull rifle with 5 round magazine (striiper charging). Bayonet lug towards muzzle on upper barrel band. With 3 swivel loops located underneath the butt, the lower barrel band and the upper barrel band. With upper hand guard.

Techniques

Mass manufacture

Materials

Dimensions

OverallDepth9.8in.
OverallDepth250mm
OverallWeight5.6kg
OverallWeight12.4lb oz
OverallWidth3.7in.
OverallWidth95mm
Overalllength50.6in.
Overalllength1284mm
Barrellength35in.
Barrellength890mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 173FK

Calibre

.303 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Original sight serial number
296
butt
stamped

Associations

Notes

Due to a very fast but overly complex ‘straight pull’ bolt and its unreliability in mud, the Ross rifle was abandoned for the SMLE in 1916. It survived as a sniping rifle, used to great effect by the Canadians. Despite the 5x magnification, the closeness of the ocular lens often resulted in flinching and bruising.