LONG BRANCH FACTORY
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Long Branch April 2004
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Before demolition (pics not mine)
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I worked at the Longbranch facility as a set-up man for a time (1967-69) after leaving the RCN. I was hired by a Lt.Col. Leavens (sp?) and worked for a Foreman Ray Betts if memory serves. Many of the WWII female operators were still there. I marveled at those ladies ability to make those old machines perform. From those big vertical broaches to the 50ton punch presses to the D-Hole drilling machines, they made them dance.
I "set-up" (provided tool changes and ran test pieces) lines that made barrels for the Browning 9mm, barrels for the American m14, gas return pistons (centerless grinders) and the return block (vert broaches) for the same, 18" black anodized bayonets (wicked looking things designed after the Kent State fiasco) for the U.S. National Guard. Myself and another young fellow last name Brownlee were sent to Ryerson Poly to take Numerical Control night courses so that we could provide set-up for a couple of Pratt-Whitney three axis machines and an Edlund Mirror Image milling machine. We even manufactured for a time 250CC Kohler engine cylinders, doing the boring, honing and facing of the carb/exhaust flanges. The girls hated those things as you had to hold them by hand to run them to and fro on the Sunnen honing machines to final size and cross hatch standards.
I will never forget my introduction to a lady nicknamed "Bunny" who ran the Deep Hole drills, with her grabbing my butt and stating "Ya can't drive a spike with a tack-hammer". Those were wonderful times!
I, as a young guy just out of the navy had an absolute ball working at that place but moved on to Douglas Aircraft for higher pay.
I grew up in Long Branch through the fifties and sixties on Arcadian Circle and also remember hearing the guns being fired quite frequently. My mom worked there briefly during the war as well as my dad who ended up with one of the factory workbenches from just after the war and had been used quite often by my dad and me in our furnace room shop. I think it's important to remember the contributions Canada made during the war and this clearly is one of them. I agree this facility is of historical importance and should be treated as such. I will always remember that factory as part of who we were living in Long Branch.
I own a No4 Mk1* from 1942 and it still looks amazing and works fantastically, it's good to see pictures from the factory where they were made =]
I have owned two LongBranch NO4s and found them beautiful rifles to shoot on the range thanks for the pictures great to see ...
I have owned two LongBranch NO4s and founed them beautiful rifles to shoot on the ranch thanks for the pictures great to see ...
What nostalgia! My mother worked there for a while and my family lived directly across from the building in a former WAC barracks for six years. i can recall guns being tested(fired.) My sister and I returned last year to wander around the place and peer in windows, something we could never do as kids. Wonderful memories. It really should be declared an historical building. Thank you for posting these pictures.
just bought an enfield from 1937. one of yours i think.good nick
I was at the Long Branch factory in the mid 1970's, when they had a sell off of all their items. I have a bunch of walnut gun butts I bought still sitting in my garage.
I lived on Thirty-first in Long Branch. I can remember when I was just a little fellow, my Dad telling that the sounds I was hearing were from the firing range at the plant. Unfortunately, my Dad has left us now, but he knew the name of the guy who took the last rifle produced from the plant.
Great photos ! Thanks for the insight they provide. Adds an extra dimension to the enjoyment of my 1942 Long Branch No4.
So nice to see these 'new' photos posted. There has long been a gap in records & photos of the Long Branch factory, which made very fine firearms. I will also post the link up on our website too, so that other Enfield enthusiasts can appreciate the pix as well.
Thank-you, Ian Skennerton
Thank you so much for this site ! Pictures of industries are passionating us ! More !
Cordially to you,
I think you are referring to the Canadian Rangers. They still use the Enfields.
Great group of folks.
61 years old now-lifelong interest in ww2.Iused a rifle made at Long Branch when in the Army Cadet Force back in the 1950's and the history of the place has bugged me ever since.I found your site fascinating eapecially the production photos-many thanks for your trouble putting it all together.
I have recently seen on another Canadian website that No4 rifles and 300rounds of ammo are still being requested and issued to rangers(?) who patrol the remoter parts of your
from Alan Harris, Glos., UK.
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