Developed near the end of WWII to provide British and colonial troops with a shorter (18.7” Bbl/39.5” Overall) and much lighter (7.15 lbs) version of the Enfield No 4 Mk1. Some parts, including the magazine, are interchangeable with the No 4.
In order to accomplish this, both the barrel and wood were shortened. “Excess” steel and wood were removed wherever possible, even hollowing of the bolt handle knob.
Manufactured in Great Britain 1944-1947, the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) and Birmingham Small Arms (BSA/M47C) factories combined to make approximately 250,000 rifles (81,000 BSA and 170,000 ROF). The survival rate for these historic rifles is very minimal since many saw service in climates and corners of the globe that were not conducive to their longevity.
The No 5 will bear the factory markings of the manufacturer and production month/year on the left side of the receiver and/or the steel wrist socket of the stock. These markings may sometimes be quite faint.
This small number of surviving Jungle Carbines saw service during the 13 year Malayan Emergency where Brit, Australian and Colony forces rooted out the Malayan Communist Party in South Asia.
Please check the detailed photos in the ad. These are complete and authentic rifles with very decent stocks and serviceable bores. The rubber butt pads run from good condition to very worn from 70 years of age and jungle climate conditions. Allow for the possibility of some minor pitting.
We are nearing the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. Firearms from this era and their availability are becoming very scarce. There have only been a handful of opportunities over the past four decades when AUTHENTIC Enfield No5 Mk1 Jungle Carbines have been Available in the US Market.
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