This is an Enfield No. 5 Jungle Carbine. It differs from the Enfield No. 4 in many respects. The No. 4 Enfield is 44 inches long; this rifle is 39-1/2 inches long. A No. 4 weighs 8.8 pounds; this rifle, with the sling attached, weighs 7 pounds, 8-1/2 ounces. The difference in length is from shortening the barrel and the difference in weight is from the shorter barrel, less woodwork, and a number of “lightening cuts” made to the rifle. Other differences from the No. 4 are the flash suppressor and rubber buttpad.
Bogus Jungle Carbines have been made from cut-down No. 4 rifles. One of the signs that show this is a genuine No. 5 is the “No 5 Mk I” electrostencilled on the side of the receiver, which was the correct procedure for original pieces. Post-war conversions usually have no markings or markings from manufacturers that didn’t make the No. 5, such as Savage or Long Branch. A converted rifle usually won’t have the lightening cuts on the receiver body and barrel or the bolt knob drilled out.
This rifle, however, does have some replacement parts. To the best of my knowledge, all the metal and the buttstock is original from the factory. I am certain, though, that the wood in the front is a replacement made with wood from an earlier rifle. There are also defects which can be seen in the photos. The black paint finish is gone in many places, there is a crack in the lower handguard, and some genius thought it would be a good idea to remove the bayonet lug and sight protectors with a coarse hacksaw. The included sling is probably not original to this rifle, but it works well enough to carry the rifle around.
The action of the rifle, though, is smooth, and the bore, though generally dark, has a bit of shine to it and distinct rifling. I have not personally fired this rifle, so I can’t speak to its accuracy. I have tried to provide enough photos so you can see what you’re bidding on. If I haven’t made things clear, please send me a question.
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