Enfield No.5 Mk I Seen action??

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  1. Baba

    Baba New Member

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    Hello there Chaps, is there any way of telling if an Enfield was in a specific conflict? I recently picked up a No.5 Mk I and it has no import marks, the stock has some minor dings but the bore is in prime condition. The date on the rifle is 12/45.
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    No clue, but that is damn purty!
     
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    Nice!! I have 2 Mk1’s, one is a Faz ‘42 that I’m pretty sure saw action. Bolt has some slop, just overall a very well used rifle. Other is a Long Branch “44 super tight, hardly any wear on it.


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    I took mine out shooting today and I have to say there is a lot of mecrab online about the recoil. I was quite surprised how well the rifle shot and able to keep most rounds within an inch at 25 yards off hand. The recoil is on par with other surplus carbines nothing extravagant like its made out to be. Overall a very enjoyable gun to shoot and oh my I dare say, it rivals the speed of a lever action.
     
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    Nice! I used to have a No. 4 Mk1. I loved that rifle like me brother. Alas! something shinier caught my eye and I sold it and to this day regret it.
     
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    A lot of No 5s went to Malay.
     
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    They were used extensively in Borneo, Malaya, Kenya, and Aden and that was just in the hands of the Brits! Chances are if it looks barely used it spent its time in war reserve. If it looks like it was drug behind a pickup and has a screw through the fore end, it was used by the Indian military. Green painted metal sometimes indicates use in Malay, Borneo or post independence, Malaysia.
     
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    An armourer friend said the jungle environment was hell on them(L1A1s too). As soon as they repaired them and sent them back they’d start to rust. He also said water would collect or get into the butt through the two part screw that held the butt plate on. Some of them were so rusted they had to cut the butt in order to take it apart. The metal nose caps were also known to trap moisture. They’d be cut off and the wood rounded over. Towards the end they used no4 rifle parts including timber. The no4 rifle fore ends were cut and the lightening cut was filled in.
     
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