Modifying my Lee Enfield No4 Mk1


Sometime back I bought a Lee Enfield No4 Mk1 rifle commonly called as the, three knot three (.303) rifle here in Pakistan. It is a good weapon of its times, very robust and sturdy. But as far as looks are concerned, its a total looser. I badly wanted to sporterize it, to improve its looks, make it lighter and put a scope on it. So I started work on it, as a project. After some efforts I was able to reduce its weight and spruce up its looks by removing the top portion of front end guard. I also sanded the stock and gave it a coating of linseed oil. The rifle was better looking but not very impressive.

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Just didn’t like the long ears on the front sight.



I searched the Internet and liked the synthetic stock by ATI but getting it in Pakistan was a big problem. No one in the US ships it here! Damn! So I stripped my rifle and got the metal parts sandblasted. After that I got it oxidized in a matte finish. Next I got a Monte Carlo style wooden stock made for it from Darra. I got a Refield 3-9 x 50 scope from US and hopefully will be getting an ATI no drill scope mounts and a Huberts Match trigger for it. I also sanded off the front sight form it. Here’s how the finished product looks like.



I also got a UTG folding bipod for it.


Like the cheek rest?

06-DSCN1032   See the matte finish.


Front view of my “Brown Sugar”


Rear View.


See the checkering.


Like the wood work?


Any comments?


See there’s no front sight. It took me a week to sand it off. The matte finish looks so cool.


Finally I got a Pachmayr slip on decelerator for it.

I just love this rifle. After mounting the scope and adding a Huberts trigger I will take it to the range for testing. Hope you liked my “Brown Sugar” 🙂

9 thoughts on “Modifying my Lee Enfield No4 Mk1

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  3. That’s a nice sporter, but here in Canada that work would have transformed a gun that was worth over $1000 if it was all original…. into a gun that was worth about $400 on a good day. If you’d have stuck an ATI stock on it, the value would have been cut in half again. Like I said, its a nice gun and I am sure you will enjoy it, but I would have started such a project with a $100 hack job and left the unmolested Enfield alone, or sold it and bought a more modern firearm.


    1. I agree. But here its available for $150 plus minus a few. So its basically a poor man’s choice of owning a nice weapon. Since I couldn’t afford a $2000 weapon I transformed it into a working thing 🙂


      1. I guess its just regional differences. In Canada you can get a sporterized Enfield, a working thing, for less than $200, sometimes way less. Me and my brother split on a package deal a few years back… $100 for two sporters with scopes. They aren’t as nice as a $2000 weapon, but I like them a lot better than any of the budget rifles on the market.


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