Restored Lee Enfield #4 Mk1
Dated 1945 in .303
This is a fully restored rifle
or as I call them "de-sporterized" guns. So many of these
classic guns were cheap enough when they hit the civilian
market that people turned them into inexpensive hunting
rifles. I like to bring them back to their original glory
This particular one had the stock
cut down and about 1½" of the
muzzle cut off removing the bayonet lug. Otherwise it was in
excellent condition with a near mint bore and no holes
drilled for a scope mount. It was begging to be restored.
I didn't want
to re-barrel it as the numbers on the barrel and receiver
match and the bore was too good. The next best thing was to
'stretch' the barrel back
to length by getting a rusted out barrel and cutting the
front portion off. (see pictures below) It was then TIG
welded to the original barrel. Since the rifling didn't
match and not to stress the weld, the new section was
free-bored back to the original barrel. (Kind of like
having a tiny sound forwarder on your AR-15. This is a
common arsenal refurbish procedure on some surplus rifles
that have dented or rusted muzzles.)
found a set of NOS (new old stock) wood for it, stained and
refinished all the parts to match. Then original bands,
front sight parts, sling swivels and a magazine were added.
Now, except for a
little finish wear on the metal, this looks and shoots like
the day it left the arsenal in 1945.
Overall a very nice, clean rifle that
is a good shooter and would be an excellent addition to any collection.
The pictures will tell you more.
Contact me if you need pictures of something I missed.
FFL or C&R required.