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Old 10-15-2009, 05:38 PM   #1
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I just bought a Enfield No4 Mk I (1944 Canadian - Long Branch) rifle at lunch time. It is in very good condition with a very good bore. This was sort of a short notice purchase. Now to sneak it into the house unseen.

I just edited this post, as I had originaly asked for help figuring out how to remove the bolt, but I have now found the instructions at surplusrifle.com.

I am in no way connected to this gun shop (other than they get a lot of my money) but if you are in the Houston area, this place is worth a visit. They have a great web-site and if you just want to spend a few hours drooling over over photos of all types of vintage as welll as modern firearms go here:

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.303 Enfield No. 4 mk 1, 1944 Long Branch - Canadian manufacture.

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I think you picked a winner. Nice looking smelly there.

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WHAT ?!? NO PIG STICKER ?!?!?

Now just how the hell are you going to take care of zombies when you empty the mag? Don't just sit there- go find a bayonet, and make that Long Branch whole again!!!

Hey- nice rifle! I lucked out a coupla years back and scored 2k rds of the Greek Milsurp cheep- on strippers. Must have done something good in a former life or something.

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WHAT ?!? NO PIG STICKER ?!?!?
The Pig Sticker is on the way! I found a "Bowie Knife" Enfield bayonet on eBay yesterday after I bought the rifle. I am off to shoot it this afternoon, and will post a range report later!
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Congratulations, enjoy that old classic.

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I am in no way connected to this gun shop (other than they get a lot of my money) but if you are in the Houston area, this place is worth a visit. They have a great web-site and if you just want to spend a few hours drooling over over photos of all types of vintage as welll as modern firearms go here:

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Good selection at that place but they seem to be awfully proud of their guns with prices like that. They are a little too generous with their grading system too.
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OK, I shot 40 rounds through the Enfield on Friday afternoon. It was OK, but I am not posting any photos of my targets just yet. I was shooting at 100 yards, and had all rounds on paper, and after I got used to the hard trigger pull, I could keep them mostly in the 5 ring.

The trigger on this Enfield is a bit of a pig. Lots of slack to take up (well it is military), and then a HARD trigger pull, hard enough that it was difficult to hold point of aim to get a good group at 100 yards. I had to basically squeeze out the slack then intentionally do a hard pull the trigger, none of the squeeze-fire business here! The trigger is NOWHERE near as good as the trigger on my kar 98K Mauser, which has a very smooth and crisp trigger.

I am going to completely strip the rifle this week-end and see if the trigger mechanism is full of cosmolene or has some other problem. I may then take it to a gunsmith to see if the trigger can be lightened up.

Any suggestions from other Enfield owners out there?

In spite of the heavy trigger pull (which I could learn to live with), I am not at all unhappy with the purchase.

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Well, that is a fair description of a military two stage trigger. Cleaning it up may help- so will burnishing contact points in the trigger/sear (NO DREMELS!) Article for you from surplusrifle.com for an aftermarket trigger for your #4. Collecting and Shooting the Military Surplus Rifle - Surplusrifle.com

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I am going to completely strip the rifle this week-end and see if the trigger mechanism is full of cosmolene or has some other problem. I may then take it to a gunsmith to see if the trigger can be lightened up.

Any suggestions from other Enfield owners out there?
One little tip:

If you intend to remove the butt stock for any reason, make sure you remove the fore-stock FIRST. Bad things happen if you don't....
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