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GENERAL

The earliest dated clip I have seen is dated 1960 and all but one version are stamped with MariByrnong Ordnance Factory 'MBO', the latest clip seen is dated 1983. Just been informed the MBO is in fact Maribrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne, not what I previously had.

Mark 2 Stripper Clip
Found recently amongst the shipment of bandoleered ammunition sent to America. These Mark 2 clips have the double stops on each side and are un-marked. The end profile is different to the British Mk. 2 clips so I've called it profile 4.
Mark 3 Stripper Clip
This is the standard stripper clip for Australia and is a slightly modified version of the British Mark 3 clip.  The spring has been modified to improve the push-out load and the end profile is of the Canadian standard production, profile 1.

7.62 mm Adaptor for .303 in. Chargers
These simple one piece clips are used for modifying the standard .303 in. chargers so they will accept 7.62 x 51 mm ammunition. These can then be used in an umodified Lee Enfield receiver.

 

 

Information obtained recently from Mark Zillmann of Australia has uncovered the reason why some Australian clips have markings on the inside of the clip and some on the outside. The date stamping was done prior to the folding operations on the machines and it was common for the pressings to go through upside down, hence the marking would end up inside the clip rather then outside. Since this production hiccup didn't effect the operation of the clips and it was still within the specifications they were still used. In other countries like the UK, Canada and the USA these clips would have been sent to the scrap bin.

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DETAILS

Ser Marking No of Stops End Profile Stop Posn Material Finish Colour Manufacturer

 Notes

1
No marking 2
4
Top Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Unknown but most likely MBO

Mk. 2 clip
No marking

2
MBO 1960 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

Small stamping

3
MBO 1961 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 

4
MBOI963 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 

5
MBO-1964 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 

6
MBO-I965 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 

7
MBO-1966 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 

8
MBO 1966 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

Markings under spring

9
MBO1967 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 

10
MBO1967 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

Markings under spring

11
MBO1967 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Greenish

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

Green finish

12
MBO1968 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

Markings under spring

13
MBO1969 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

Markings under spring

14
MBO1971 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 

15
MBO1971 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

Markings under spring

16
MBO1972 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 

17
MBO1972 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

Markings under spring

18
MBO-1973 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 

19
MBO1973 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

Markings under spring

20
MBO1979 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

Markings under spring

21
MBO1981 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 

22
MBO1983 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Dk Gray

Maribyrnong Ordnance Factory, Melbourne

 
Ser Marking No of Stops End Profile Stop Posn Material Finish Colour Manufacturer

 Notes

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PHOTO'S



Mk. 2 Clip
(no marking)

MBO1968
(under spring)





MBO 1960
(small stamping)

MBO1969
(under spring)





MBO 1961

MBO1971





MBOI963

MBO1971
(under spring)





MBO-1964

MBO1972





MBO-I965

MBO1972
(under spring)





MBO-1966

MBO-1973





MBO 1966
(under spring)

MBO1973
(under spring)





MBO1967

MBO1979
(under spring)





MBO1967
(green finish)

MBO1981





MBO1967
(under spring)

MBO1983

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MEASUREMENTS

All measurements in millimeters

Ser

Markings

Length

Width

Width with stops

Depth

Retainer length

Material Thickness

Retainer Holes

Spring Profile

Notes

Height

Width

1
No marking

60.45

14.49

15.48

5.10

2.05

0.55

3.47

4.98

Mk. 2 Clip, no markings

2
MBO 1960

60.05

14.50

15.20

5.23

2.10

0.60

3.49

5.00

Small stamping

3
MBO 1961

60.15

14.50

15.25

5.20

2.10

0.60

3.48

4.99

 

4
MBOI963

60.10

14.50

15.20

5.33

2.10

0.65

3.48

4.98

 

5
MBO-1964

60.10

14.50

15.30

5.18

2.10

0.55

3.51

5.00

 

6
MBO-I965

60.00

14.50

15.40

5.23

2.10

0.65

3.60

4.98

 

7
MBO-1966

60.20

14.50

15.20

5.15

2.10

0.60

3.57

5.01

 

8
MBO 1966

60.25

14.36

15.20

5.27

2.27

0.57

3.64

4.89

Markings under spring

9
MBO1967

60.20

14.45

15.35

5.28

2.10

0.60

3.58

5.01

 

10
MBO1967

60.20

14.50

15.10

5.20

2.10

0.65

3.55

4.96

Green finish

11
MBO1967

60.25

14.45

15.25

5.30

2.10

0.60

3.58

4.89

Markings under spring

12
MBO1968

60.30

14.50

15.35

5.25

2.10

0.60

3.58

4.88

Markings under spring

13
MBO1969

60.35

14.45

15.40

5.25

2.10

0.60

3.40

4.84

Markings under spring

14
MBO1971

60.22

14.51

15.36

5.30

2.10

0.60

3.61

5.04

 

15
MBO1971

60.28

14.45

15.29

5.28

2.10

0.60

3.65

4.92

Markings under spring

16
MBO1972

60.20

14.45

15.25

5.28

2.10

0.60

3.49

5.01

 

17
MBO1972

60.34

14.45

15.25

5.29

2.10

0.60

3.60

4.90

Markings under spring

18
MBO-1973

60.20

14.45

15.25

5.21

2.10

0.60

3.58

5.06

 

19
MBO1973

60.18

14.45

15.20

5.34

2.10

0.60

3.56

4.80

Markings under spring

20
MBO1979

60.25

14.50

15.20

5.25

2.10

0.60

3.56

4.80

Markings under spring

21
MBO1981

60.15

14.55

15.25

5.24

2.10

0.55

3.42

4.98

 

22
MBO1983

60.15

14.54

15.25

5.29

2.10

0.65

3.50

5.01

 

Ser

Markings

Length

Width

Width with stops

Depth

Retainer length

Material Thickness

Retainer Holes

Spring Profile

Notes

Height

Width
All measurements in millimeters

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PRODUCTION YEARS

Known Production Years

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

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Under spring

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