Sunday, April 11, 2010

Muzzle Blasts, Pt. IV

Folks are indeed pretty darned sharp around these parts! The subject of the previous Muzzle Blasts teaser is indeed a No5Mk1 Lee-Enfield Jungle Carbine. The one in my inventory as pictured is a 1944-dated BSA Shirley (M47C) specimen, imported into the U.S. during the last decade from a cache of said carbines found in Malaysia. They sold out rather quickly, by the way.


I solved the fabled "wandering zero" problem with this example by free-floating the barrel and glass-bedding the action plus first inch of the barrel into the forestock. Make no mistakes, shooting full-patch MKVII ball ammo will really remind you that you're firing a lightweight carbine, but 123-150gr handloads in the same .303 British brass are a real delight in this particular Lee-Enfield variant. This is one of the few mil-surp firearms that I have no qualms carrying into the Wisconsin whitetail woods each fall - lightweight, quick-handling, fast reloads, and decent power. What's not to like?

Now, for the next "Name That Muzzle", I give you this seriously abbreviated image, with some extra hardware thrown in for good measure:

2 comments:

Matt said...

Wow your tricky. It's a Schmidt-Rubin series Swiss rifle. No mistake about that.

It does not have the hooded front sight. That disqualifies the K11 and K31.

We have some choices since all these models share the same bayonet lug, barrel band and stacking rod assemblies.

Choices are:
1889
1897 Kadet Rifle
1889/1900 Short Rifle
1896/11 Rifle
1911 Rifle

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