Why would anyone want an Enfield

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Why would anyone want an Enfield

#1 Post by Candyman » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:20 pm

First off, their ugly.
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The action is not the strongest.
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Headspace problems. Fixed by replacing the bolt head with a longer one, cheap fix, until you need another one.
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Two piece stock.
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They have sloppy chambers and are hell on brass.
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But with all the ugly and problems I still like them.
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Maybe when the weather gets nicer I'll pull all 20 or so of my Enfields out for a family photo.
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Re: Why would anyone want an Enfield

#2 Post by B32dominator » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:31 pm

Lol, great collection!

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#3 Post by capt14k » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:38 pm

Very nice.

To answer the question they are historic, fairly accurate, 10 round magazine, fast firing for a bolt gun, and pretty good ergonomics.

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#4 Post by Markeb2800 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:23 am

Nice collection. I think they're purdy.....

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#5 Post by cwo4uscgret » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:39 am

Heck, mine is (in my eyes of course) a thing of beauty. Here's my LSA (London Small Arms Co. LTD) 1915 No. Mk III SMLE; its the second from the bottom. It has two FTR dates; both times by Lithgow. I have lots of WWII surplus ammo, including cordite loaded ammo which is, to say the least, interesting to shoot. First the pop of the primer, then the sizzling sound of the ammo starting to burn, and finally the bang. When it happens its like a test of your patience and ability to stay on target!

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#6 Post by spentprimer » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:14 am

Holy smokes man, are trying to corner the market?

I, too, like the Enfield and I really like the No.1 Mk.3*. I got mine at a gun show a few years back and could not see light through the barrel and luckily it cleaned up nicely. I had just had some surgery on my neck and my friend Scott did the trigger squeezing the first time out as the Doctor told me no shooting for a while. To make a long story short, the bolt handle moved to horizontal upon firing. You can read about my adventures with this issue link to thread thankfully fitting a new bolt body fixed the problem.

I can't help but wonder if all the WWI movies I watched when I was a kid may have had some influence on me.

I only have this one beat up Enfield, but, it shoots and groups nicely. It was built at Ishapore when Lord Mountbatten was managing India's move to independence. If I could afford it, I would have more than one. Perhaps, one that is a little prettier than this old, wart covered one that I have.

All kidding aside, you have a really nice collection ... Thanks for posting all the photographs of them!
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#7 Post by timbo1955 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:32 am

Hell on brass , I need to hang a sign with that saying over my bench every time I pull the reloading handle

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Re: Why would anyone want an Enfield

#8 Post by Calfed » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:51 pm

capt14k wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:38 pm
Very nice.

To answer the question they are historic, fairly accurate, 10 round magazine, fast firing for a bolt gun, and pretty good ergonomics.

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#9 Post by Tommy Atkins » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:55 pm

'Cuz the chicks dig them ( & by extension those who own them)
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#10 Post by stevezio69 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:34 pm

I used to think they were so ugly. Now I have 4. Love them.

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#11 Post by swede » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:29 pm

Those are real sweet Lee. I have a few and they hold a special place in my heart

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Re: Why would anyone want an Enfield

#12 Post by Candyman » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:59 pm

I kind of like them more then I used to. I wish I had started liking them in the med 80s when the wholesalers had them by the tons and excellent examples sold for under $100.
I'm a little ashamed to admit, but I did buy another one, a No1 MkIII and the temper for a No 4 that I'm restoring. If I keep this up I will end up with as many Enfields as Turkish Mausers.

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#13 Post by Itmocksme » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:18 pm

Nice collection. I think No.1 Mk.3 are the best looking bolt action rifles.

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#14 Post by Enfield Shooter » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:54 pm

I really like mine. A nice no1 MK 3 Lithgow, a No 4 MK1. en I also have a P-14 and a US Model of 1917. All of which are really good shooters!
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Re: Why would anyone want an Enfield

#15 Post by LCPfraTN » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:31 pm

Nice collection Candyman! I used to think Enfields were sort of awkward looking too, but now they are one of my favorites. I don't have as many as you, but I have a few.


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