Congratulations on finding the grail!
I have been looking for a British Lee-Enfield Jungle Carbine for it least 5 or 6 years. The problem is I want a particular model and it has been hard to find. The Lee-Enfield MK5 #1 (Jungle Carbine) was only manufactured and issued for about 3 years before the British declared it obsolete and stopped production.
The JC came into being because during WW II the British troops in the far east and the British paratroopers in Europe needed a shorter, lighter, more easily handled rifle. The MK5 #1 was the answer. The original MK4 service rifle weighed 9.6 pounds, had a total length of 44.5 inches, and had a 25 inch barrel. The MK5 weighed 7 pounds, had a length of 39.5 inches, and had an 18 inch barrel. The JC was first issued in late 1944 and was out of production mid 1947.
The point of this is to say the Jungle Carbine has become rare. That is the real carbines that have become rare. At the end of the war England released thousands of the Mk4 rifles for export to the U.S. as well as other countries. Because there were so many they sold as cheaply as $24.99. On the other hand a Jungle Carbine would bring nearly $50. A number of American company's started cutting down the MK4 rifles and selling them as sporterized or reproduction MK5s.
The rarest of the real MK5 #1 Jungle Carbines were produced at BSA, Shirley. That is British Small Arms Company in Shirley, England. They produced about 80,000 rifles. Of those 80,000 rifles about 2500 were manufactured by small contract manufacturers and were identified by a DD prefix on the serial number. My carbine carries the serial number DD0621.
I found my rifle in a pawn shop in Ocala. The asking price was $499.00 and when we were done beginning I took it and three boxes of .303 Silver Tips home for a copy of my CR and $400.00 out the door. I was a happy camper!
This gun is very interesting and there are a number of ways to tell a real one from a reproduction. If anyone is interested in more info on the gun just post and I will be glad to share what I know.
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Congratulations on finding the grail!
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Nice find, you have to go into Pawn shops everyday or know someone so they look out for you.
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Nice find ! How does it shoot ?
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Don, if you would please, I'd like more details about this rifle. I passed on a Lee-Enfield SMLE Mk something-or-other some months ago, but our local gun store Keeper Of Gun Knowledge told me I was missing out on a piece of history. I'd like to add to my data base, so as to not miss something valuable, should it come my way.
Congrats on finding something you have been looking for.
Certainly sounds like a happy find for you! And at a pretty darn good price. Enjoy!
Funny how we all kick ourselves for those 30 dollar Enfields we passed up in the day and forget about those 30 dollar SKSs we picked up.
Now, to find that Tanker Garand...
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