Wanted to share my well used No 5 MK1 "Jungle Carbine" with you guys. It was made in the Fazakerley Factory July/1945. It's all matching but strangely has a BSA Shirley (M47C) front sight. Has the royal crown and F cartouches on the stock, along with crudely painted MS 4 BI.R painted on the right side of the stock, as you can see in the pictures. I have no clue what that MS 4 BI.R stands for so if any of you know, I'd sure appreciate anything you've got. It also has the letters H A stamped on the right side above the trigger guard. Must have been an inspector. I also finally found an original sling a few years back.
I'm sure most of you have heard about the wandering zero myth on this gun. IMO it is absolutely a myth. I've fired over 500 rounds through this gun at 200 and 300 yard intervals and never had a problem with accuracy. Your not gonna drive tacks with it but the wandering zero myth is bull. I firmly believe the myth was manufactured because the British military wanted to produce and use a semi-auto rife. It will knock you on your arse though.
I quickly wanted to ad the story of how I got it. A co-worker's dad died and he was selling me his dad's outboard motor. When I went to pick up the motor in a shed, this No 5 was hanging in the shed. I asked him who's it was and he said his grandfather brought it back from WWII. This knuckle head didn't ask what branch his grandfather was in, where he served, or where he got the gun, and we wonder how history is lost. Therefore I have no idea if the story is true, the history died with his grandfather and dad. He said he just left it in the shed because he was afraid of it. When I asked what he would take for it, he said, you can have it if you buy the motor. The rest is history, now I have a motor and a No 5.