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#1 JAG312

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:59 PM

I'm new here. Is a Lanchester acceptable or it it an unwanted stepchild?  Most Lanchesters were made by Sterling, but mine is one of the rare ones made by BOSS.


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#2 Sandman1957

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:51 PM

Photos please!  Welcome to the Boards!


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#3 JAG312

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:36 PM

Here are some pictures.

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 08:05 AM

Acceptable for what??


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Posted 02 November 2017 - 12:19 PM

Welcome to the board and thanks for posting the pictures of your Lancaster.


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 08:55 PM

We all of course just hate to see pictures of classic MGs...... the lanchester is one of my favorite 9mm Subguns.  Smooth and controllable. 


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#7 JAG312

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 10:25 PM

Acceptable for what??

 

Since this is the Sten and Sterling board, I was hoping that the predecessor of the Sten and Sterling would be accepted here. A little bit of humor.


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Posted 05 November 2017 - 08:53 PM

Yes, bring it on. Love the classics.


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 05:29 PM

I am curious about that "BOSS" marking.
Is that perhaps the US firm that converted it from a dewat?

 

ALSO, I am a big fan of the Lanchester.
My Dad was familiar with them from his WWII service in the Royal Navy.

During the Falklands war he spotted one in the hands of the British sailor while watching the TV news, and wasn't surprised that the Royal Navy was still using them.

 

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 06:01 PM

Love the Lanchester. Very under-rated in the mg world.


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#11 m3bobby

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 06:13 PM

Boss is a manufacturer of later Lanchesters, about 1944. I have a Boss serial no. H77445. I also have a very early Mk1 sterling made gun with all the Mk1 parts except for the change lever.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:47 AM

Boss was really an assembler rather than a manufacturer of Lanchesters. Same goes for W W Greener who also assembled them.

 

Boss and Greener both got a trial contract to assemble 12 guns each in May 1942. Further orders followed in the thousands through 1942 and 1943.

 

I doubt any were assembled or made in 1944 as the Sten was the gun by that stage.

 

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:13 PM

I have H77445 and it has a acceptance mark of 1944.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:53 PM

I have H77445 and it has a acceptance mark of 1944.

 

Mine is H56292 and made in 1943. How many others have one made by Boss? Since Boss was supposed to have made only 3900, I would expect there arn't many here in the US.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:38 AM

I've tried to keep a record of some I've observed.

H56271 1943
H77445 1944
H77549 1944
H79310 1944
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:59 AM

Here are some pictures.

Very nice piece. Built to last. Love the machine marks on the mag well.


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 05:00 AM

Interesting that so many show an acceptence date of 1944.

 

The last recorded order for boss was placed on 9th October 1943, for 1,388 units and Greener for 6,888 on the same date. Looks like they both took a while to compete thewre orders.

 

There is an undated order for 14,000 guns with Sterling, which appears to be one of the final orders as well.

 

As far as I know Boss was never allocated a factory code which would result in them stamping their name on the gun. W W Greener did receive a code - M94.

Has anyone seen a gun the the name Greener on it or only the M94 code?

 

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:28 PM

Wartime soul brothers.  You don't see this too often?  2 serial numbers apart and 2 numbers on the lower code, which apparently means something?

Where are you guys seeing dates located?  On the mag well or ?

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 01:18 PM

I really like these old war horses .  Here is one I found ......

 

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#20 JAG312

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 01:31 PM

Wartime soul brothers.  You don't see this too often?  2 serial numbers apart and 2 numbers on the lower code, which apparently means something?

Where are you guys seeing dates located?  On the mag well or ?

 

This is just a picture I found. My son's camera can take a close up picture. My camera cannot. If you look at the lower right side of the picture, you can see the number 42 stamped on the top rear of the magazine housing.

 

Are the other two CF numbers an inspector's code? It sure would be great if H56293 was still in existence.

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