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The year is 1944; the British have been in two world wars and are quickly realizing that mobility is essential to keeping troops alive and effective. Thus, the "Jungle Carbine" was born though it was known officially as the Lee-Enfield # 5 MK 1. The .303 British caliber rifle was a scaled-down version of the Enfield No. 4 Mk 1, losing nearly 4 inches of barrel and 2.5 pounds from the original rifle. The Jungle carbine was then fitted with a conical flash hider and a newly designed rubber buttpad. Keeping the same sighting system as the No. 4 Mk 1, it had a fixed front sight and an adjustable peep rear sight, and a flip-up ladder sight for the longer-range shots. The Enfield No. 5 kept the same detachable 10 round magazine.. The No. 5 still operated like the original, so no extra training was needed for soldiers to be proficient with this carbine version. The No. 5 never saw action before WWII ended. However, it was issued to British paratroopers probably for an invasion into northern Japan that never happened. The Jungle Carbine saw its action in the colonial conflicts of Southeast Asia following WWII subsequently; that is also where it earned its unofficial nickname. Surplus rifles are becoming harder and harder to find these days and these Jungle Carbines are no different. The Jungle Carbine version of the Enfield rifle is rare and highly collectible. Do not hesitate to add these to your surplus collection.
Please see the extended description below for a solid overview of what you can expect condition-wise on these rifles.
If you have been waiting to get your hands on an Enfield Jungle Carbine, now might be the time. These historic British rifles have been professionally refurbished by the renowned James River Armory. JRA has refinished some of our previous surplus rifles, and they always do a great job. This time is no different; all of the metalwork has been reblued and it came out looking great. Stocks have been lightly touched up and cleaned to a degree but will still show full evidence of being surplus. This is the perfect blend of having the integrity of the metal being protected while still keeping the original historic feel of one of history's most popular surplus collectibles. We also have a few of these un-refinished, and if you compare the two, you can certainly tell the difference and how much bluing had been worn away. These rifles are in working order and will be a great collector's piece for many more years.
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