History & Archaeology of Early Modern South India (mostly)
The markings on the butt stock socket of this Ishapore rifle indicate that it is a No. 1 Mk. 3* made in 1950. The crown and “G. R. I” show that, three years after India’s independence from Britain, the Ishapore Rifle Factory was still marking its SMLEs as though British India still existed. The “G. R. I” stands for “George Rex Imperator”. In 1952 Ishapore dropped the “G.R.I” from its rifles and replaced the crown with the Ashoka lion symbol.