View Full Version : Serial number prefix identification

March 15, 2002, 00:28
Right behind the safety......say a number is A30689 and right above it it reads UB59.
Whats the translation? That Brit or Aussie? Was told Brit, but don't know. Some Broad Arrow proofs on the rest of the parts.


Mosin Guy
March 15, 2002, 01:00
UB prefix is British in origin

NZ L1A1 Collector
March 15, 2002, 01:44
Yes the lower is British!

U means United Kingdom (country of manufacture).
B means Birmingham Small Arms (BSA), maker of the rifle.
59 means 1959 (year of assembly).

A30689 is the British L1A1 rifle serial number.

Hope this helps :)

March 15, 2002, 02:12
Thanks, and God bless message boards :D.

March 15, 2002, 02:34
Btw, speaking of a 1959 manufacture, what would the correct setup be for a rifle made in the early sixties and late 50's. I have two I'm considering purchasing with this date of manufacture (parts sets of course). Would the wood be correct? or the plastic? or either? It's a Brit parts set too, like above. And if it was wood, would the front tabs be wood on the handguards or metal? and how about a carrying handle, should that be there, wood or plastic? I remember some Brit weapons not having one at during some production runs.

[ March 15, 2002: Message edited by: xk319 ]

March 15, 2002, 15:22
Originally, when built the firearm would have been wood furniture. However, nearly all of those firearms will have undergone an arsenal refit at some time in their life. The Brits changed over the wood furniture to the black plastic during such refits.

Some, that were used little, did not undergo a complete refit but only had the furniture changed and things like springs replaced and a general cleaning. A few never had the furniture changed or any other work done, but most went the first route.

Carry handle should be there and should match the furniture, wood or plastic.

[ March 15, 2002: Message edited by: BigOne ]

NZ L1A1 Collector
March 15, 2002, 23:43
Soild wood handguards, butt, pistol grip and carry handle were standard between 1957 - 1969.

Laminated handguards were introducted in approx 1969.

Plastic furniture was introduced in 1973. It was standard British policy to have the rifle all plastic OR all wood furniture.

1962 BSA Made L1A1