Painted red band indicates that this rifle was issued to the Home Guard. The British Purchasing Commission in the USA bought 615,000 Model 1917 rifles in 1940, with a further 119,000 following in 1941.
Stamped on receiver ring
U.S. over MODEL OF 1917 over EDDYSTONE over 364098
Stamped on left of body
US Ordnance Dept flaming bomb mark
Painted mid way between band and nosecap
Stamped on barrel by muzzle
E over US Ordnance Dept flaming bomb mark over 5-18