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Collecting the "Extended " No4T Sniper CES (Complete Equipment Schedule). Going Beyond the Chest...

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

Lens Cleaning

Binoculars

Scout Regiment Telescope

Map Case and Contents

Rifle Cleaning Kits

9mm / British 303

Action Rations - putting the tea into No4T

Denison Smock & Veils

Depending on the year of service that your sniper rifle and associated kit represents, there are a wide range of equipment and accessories that can represent that snapshot of the gears 50+ years of service in many nations around the world. Often these pieces of optional kit / accessories came and went, or made a return depending on supply, demand and the doctrines developed for the tasks in hand. Some of these pieces may seem obscure but the devout Lee Enfield Sniper Collector may want to "have them all".


Lens Cleaning:


While gasmasks were issued to all ranks and theatres (up to and including D-Day June 3rd 1944), the British Commonwealth issued a variety of gasmasks and supporting equipment. One of these issued items was cotton waste - which was designated for cleaning the eye pieces of the gasmask - dry and in a manner to remove dust / dirt. The issued sniper equipment of this time did not designate a cleaning material, so it is thought that the gasmask supply of cotton waste was carried over to clean all manner of lenses. I will check the early training manuals to see what is said for scope lens cleaning and report back. As the gasmask became obsolete - in late 1944 the need for official means to clean the No32 scope lenses was recognized and each SANO chest kit label was altered to include a "Handkerchief mk1" - yes! the humble hanky! These were already a stores item and readily available - so in they went. Several good example photos and specimens show this folded square in the left hand part of the scope carry tin, trapped behind the incumbent scope. Now with war surplus and the passing of time, these handkerchiefs have become used, lost and rare. Added to the No4T "Sniper" fervor - an original hanky from stores has become the thing to acquire!


Binoculars


Scout Regiment Telescope


Map Case and Contents


Rifle Cleaning Kits

The first official cleaning kits in a tin, were issued for the STEN. Its parts and application though worked with many British and Commonwealth small arms. Although not specified in any of the wartime CES it is often included in period photos of kit displays and would take root in the post war training manuals and go through a few iterations to change with the times.

9mm / British 303 wartime and cold war tin. A stepped lid tin with a U bracket spotwelded into the base to make 3 flexible compartments with 2 partitions, with a windowed bracket spot welded into the lid to hold 2 wire gauze patches and form a clip for the cleaning brush.


Typical contents - 12 section length of 2 X 4 flannel patch, an oil bottle - typical war time black thermoset plastic, single pull-through (steel or brass weighted), an action brush - plastic bristles in a wood, aluminium or steel handle and two wire gauze patches.




Action Rations - putting the "tea" into No4T


Denison Smock & Veils


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