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 days.

This particular one had the stock cut down and about 1" 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.)

I then 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.


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