View Full Version : info on enfields??

November 9, 2004, 06:39 PM
I want to get my Dad a cool surplus rifle like an enfield but I dont know much about the diferent models etc. Anyone know of some websites with information on the enfields? Thanks

November 9, 2004, 07:14 PM
Lee-Enfield Rifle Research (http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~stratton/en-page.html)

November 9, 2004, 07:29 PM
I don't know much about them either,but i do like them and have a semi sporter version That I have never fired.
I have seen them for sale for100$ and less at pawn shops and gun shows.
Thanks for that link,I need to read up as well. :)

November 9, 2004, 08:43 PM
Another great place here:


Ask any question and you will get lots of good information. Also a lot of good links from that page.

November 10, 2004, 04:44 AM

November 10, 2004, 06:44 PM
Enfield is probably the nicest surplus gun you can get, IMHO. Cheap, too. If I could only have surplus rifle, it would be my No.4 Mk.1. The 1917 comes in a close second.

(although that may change when I finally get a Garand)

November 11, 2004, 07:33 AM




November 11, 2004, 01:47 PM
jefnvk, I paid more for my 1 Garand than I did for my first 4 Enfields. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my Garand, but I don't love it 4 times more than my Enfields... :p (Still, everyone needs at least 1 CMP Garand....)

November 11, 2004, 03:01 PM
Thanks for all the links. Any pics? So is any models or versions better than the other?

November 12, 2004, 05:55 PM
I have had the 1 and the 4. The current gun I have is an ex+ condx. 1943 No.4 that might be a postwar rework, but is not marked as such on the receiver. Be aware they all were originally used with corrosive ammo(plenty of that still avail) and the bore condition should be a very important inspection point. The WW2 and postwar No.4 guns will be easier to find parts and accessories for. The No.4 gun has a heavier barrel and the peep sight which I prefer. I got alot of boxes of 1980's Winchester white box ammo which shoots fine, but must be a light bullet as it groups right on POA at 100 yds with the battle sight. The battle sight is supposed to be for 250 yds I think, and usually these guns shoot a little to a lot high at 100 yds. And I only have the 2 pos. flip sight, not the ladder. These guns also blow out the case necks a bit as the chamber is a bit loose to allow for dirty ammo. I believe the 1's are the same.
They are fun shooters and you can get a scope mount from B square that replaces the rear sight. Just shop for condition, as there are tonnes of greasy brown beater Enfields for sale, but a few excellent condx. guns around for a bit more. Beware the Indian made guns in 308 cal. Some are OK and some are not so good. Action design is not so good for the higher pressure round. But some have been sporterised and seem to work OK if headspace is good. Remember 303 headspaces on the rim, but the 308 on the shoulder. Just don't settle for a junky specimen, as alot are now.