Hello. I came across this Lee Enfield No 5 Mk1, in an excellent condition and could not stop myself from sharing its photo. Chambered in .303 the Lee’s were known for their reliability and accuracy. These were produced in the 1944 and beyond. The SMLENo5 Mk1 is a bolt action rifle, with manual safety, iron sights with a hardy metallic butt plate. I have had the pleasure of shooting a Lee Enfield No3 Mk1, No4 Mk1 and a P14 as well, all chambered in the famous .303 cartridge. The No 5 Mk1 was different form the No4 and No3 in size and weight. Almost 4 inches shorter and a Kg lighter, these were later known as the “Jungle Carbine”.
So with the lock-down in place what’s a man supposed to do? I had this Lee Enfield bayonet lying somewhere in my drawer, rusting its life away. So with ample spare time I decided to restore it a little bit using all available resources in my small store.
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.