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ENFIELD NO5 MK1 (ROF) - JUNGLE CARBINE - 1946
ENFIELD NO5 MK1 (ROF) - JUNGLE CARBINE - 46 - MATCHING SERIAL #'s
Records show that 251,368 No. 5s were built between 1944 and 1947. The serial number prefix “U” and the “F” stamps on the rear sight, elevation knob and front sight, confirms that it was produced in 1946, at the Fazakerley Factory in Liverpool. ROF Fazakerley was established before World War II to increase arms production facilities in areas less vulnerable to aerial attacks.
No intention to disparage what I see listed on the internet. But this rifle is not a “put-together”. Or has had any refinishing, or parts, replaced, etc. Had it professionally cleaned twice in 50 years. Both inspections confirmed "as issued". Like all Enfields, the #5 are pretty much indestructible. The bolt action is smooth. Bore is good to very good. Photos show the condition.
The Mark 5 saw service in World War II, Korea, and the Malayan Emergency (conflict with Chinese Communist insurgents over the oil and rubber industry: 1948 to 1960).
I followed the pre-fire cautions listed below when purchased. And after it was professionally checked out. I fired about 75 rounds total on three occasions. Too punishing for much more than 25 rounds or so at a time. But I was in my 50's and 60's the last two times. The rubber on the butt, is in very good condition. But contrary to most thinking. I can tell you first hand, that it does not lessen the recoil. Pretty sure that was intended to reduce slipping when quickly moved to the shoulder. As suggested in other descriptions. As far as I am concerned this rifle is Not a “wall-hanger”. But if you do not have this rifle thoroughly and professionally inspected. But given the age and value always have it inspected by the range master or gunsmith before doing so.
Readers familiar with this rifle know that there are stampings all over the place. Following is a partial list of the ones that I have photographed. If you are looking for a particular stamping. Not listed? Let me know and I’ll email a photo of it.
“+”: Separates Mark Locations and Markings.
Barrel Right Side Top: “No 5 MK 1 .303 U King” -- Bottom: “C.A. 1. C.A.I. ST. ALB. VT”
+ Barrel Top Rear. “* ” + Serial #’s are stamped on the: “Bottom of the Stock” -- “Back of Bolt” -- “Right side of the Rear Barrel Band”. + RS Barrel Band “FMT” + Rear Latter site: “LS” + Front Site: “F” + Bolt – “>I 8” + Bayonet: marked “RFI”
In my possession since 1974. All original as far as I can determine. There are a lot of Enfield “experts” out there. If you find an inaccuracy in any of the above. Please let me know. I don’t want to misrepresent any of my rifles. Thanks.
Applies to all listings:
In 2002, the entire collection was professionally removed from wood and inspected for condition. Then cleaned, lubricated and reassembled. By a very experienced and professional Gunsmith. All received a clean bill of health from a condition stand point. Better than appropriate for the age.
They have only been lightly cleaned and oiled by me. Before and since. The entire collection has never out of a temperature-humidity, controlled environment. Since the purchased date. Most post 1920 guns have been fired by a qualified gunsmith or range master. For reliability, functionality and safety confirmation. I have fired a few. Except for A3-03, Maybe for a total of ~100 rounds.
Guns that are equipped for them, have as-issued correct Bayonet and Scabbards, in very good condition. Where applicable: Most have (sure looks like) as issued: Slings, clips and / or removable magazines. And some higher Mag loads, are available. All have the expected stampings and / or cartouches. Some Government Arsenal Reconditions are included. And if so? There are photos of the clear markings of this reconditioning. Again, per individual listing. Other than Arsenal Rebuilds.
There are no known replacement or OEM parts or accessories in this collection.
All firearms are offered as collector’s items only. Seller does not accept responsibility as to the shooting safety or reliability of any firearm. A thorough inspection. should be conducted by an experienced, reliable gunsmith / rangemaster Before even considering firing any gun.
Specific descriptions related to a Firearm. Are based on knowledge, at the time of the listing. None are intentionally misrepresented. And are described as accurately and to the best of my ability, as possible. Please make your own determinations. And please let me know if you detect an issue?
A 3rd party, totally independent gunsmith. Is available for consultation / condition confirmation. At the buyer’s expense. Or, if you have a contact in the Tampa Bay Florida area? I’ll take it to them. I am available to take phone inquiries. Between 9AM & 6 PM. Most days.
Abiding by and meeting any and all: City, state or federal regulations, regarding the purchase or owning of firearms. Or any item related to the firearm. Such as clips, magazines, bayonets or any item listed or sold with the firearm: Is the responsibility of the purchaser to meet, and/or abide by. All firearms are mechanically sound and complete, unless noted. To be clear: I am NOT warranting them as safe to fire
The Buyer must have a valid Driver’s License. And complete the Florida Individual Person: Firearm & Ammunition Transfer Disclosure Document. Not sure if it is needed? For every sale? But it only takes about 5 minutes to complete. I will only ship to an FFL License Holder? And will need a copy of the license. Or, the complete License Information. Prior to shipping.
All taxes, fees, insurance, customs and / or any other non-firearm specific regulations, related to the listing. Is the responsibility of the buyer or buyer’s representative, to meet.
Thank you for your understanding and agreement.
Rifle Caliber: .303 British
Manufacturer: Enfield (ROF
Model: No 5 No. Mk 1