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Information Needed on Enfield No. 5 Jungle Carbine

Article about: Hi Guys, I have an oppertunity to purchase a 1947 dated No. 5 Enfield that is being represented as a Presentation Carbine. The bolt assembly, trigger guard assembly and magazine are either n

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    Default Information Needed on Enfield No. 5 Jungle Carbine

    Hi Guys,

    I have an oppertunity to purchase a 1947 dated No. 5 Enfield that is being represented as a Presentation Carbine. The bolt assembly, trigger guard assembly and magazine are either nickel or chrome plated.

    Can someone shed some light on whether or not this may be a unique No. 5 or have there been other examples of this being done to No. 5's or other Enfield models?

    While the carbine does look to be in very nice condition, being a collector of war dated Enfields, the chromed pieces just look a bit off to me.

    Thanks,

    Gary

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    Quite common in the states, but definatly not original British issue. Peter Laidler explained on another forum that no British service weapon would have been chromed plated. If it is a presentation piece from the UK, then it would have been done after service or by the factory and never been in British service, I'd also expect it would have a plaque on it explaining the circumstances.

    Is it defo a original No.5 and not a No.4/5 conversion?

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    I have seen a number of chromed No.3 and No.4 rifles-these were used as Colour Guard escort rifles usually with similarly chromed bayos but I haven't seen a No.5 done in that way-they weren't used much as parade rifles but it's possible it may have been done for one of the Commonwealth colonial nations that used them after WW2 (India, Malaysia etc).

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    no.5 were never chromed for british use so if it doesn't have a plaque it will have gone elsewhere eg india or somewhere else

    tom

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    Default Re: Information Needed on Enfield No. 5 Jungle Carbine

    There is no end to the amount of BS some sellers are willing to pile on to someone.

    Good to ask questions.

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