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. 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.
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These don't look to be in the best condition, but that seems to be reflected in the price. The No5Mk1 is super fun to shoot. The .303 British round is a heck of a good cartridge.
This model is one of the coolest looking bolt guns ever. I bought one about 25 years ago for $175 OTD that had been professionally refinished. Excellent bore, wood and metal condition under the refinish. I'd have preferred original finish but it looked so nice I couldn't pass it up. Now it's a gem. This and an original Spanish FR8 are my two favorite bolt action rifles. Short fast handling with a lot of punch.
Hang in there, when the economy goes belly up and people are more worried about buying a loaf of bread you might be able to get one of these or SKS for $10. Just IMHO. Thank you& Merry Christmas
These are one of those rifles I wish I only knew how much these would be worth. Back in the mid 90's these could be bought here at a local sporting goods store by the case for about $90 to $120/each depending upon condition. I would have snatched up a case or two... Same with the SKS, $75-$90/each ...
These would be a deal at 300
From Ethiopia, barrel is rusted out, very dirty but will shoot. Bought one. RTI , aka Royal Turd Imports
Royalty is inherently unAmerican
people who were around 'back in the day' tell me about the great deals they wished they had jumped on but gas was 50 cents then instead of 5 dollars so 21st century prices may not be so bad. someday these could be the good old days!
According to an inflation calculator, $120 back in 1995 is under $250 in 2022. There are no more good old days left for the military surplus market, unfortunately.
Classic used to be the source for old rifles and now the reviews are skewing to the disappointment side. What a shame. Guess they’re making $ before the ban. Cashing in.
Tempting. I've always had an interest in these. Historically very cool.