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    Enfield No5 Trials

    I think I managed to score a special rifle. Based on the little research I found it looks to be a Lee Enfield No5 D5E 171/X/8 grenade trials rifle which was to be the No5 MkII? Seems last year Poulins had one in their auction from the estate of Bob Faris with an estimated price of $5,500-$7,500. Can anyone confirm this is what I have and if so is the value really that high? The condition is great. Bore is shiny and bright. Matching band, stock, and bolt. Many parts are M47 marked. There is no import mark that I can find.

    Below is a link to the Poulin listing. Says there it was passed.

    BRITISH NO. 5 GRENADE TRIALS BOLT ACTION RIFLE.

    However proxibid link shows sold $3,750

    https://www.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog...asp?aid=133433













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    What a nice looking rifle...
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    What a nice looking rifle...
    Thank you. Do you know if I am correct in everything I wrote? How many were made? Any idea of value?



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    I have no idea how many were made. I just am aware that trials rifles didn't fare well as they were usually tested to destruction. The crossbolt in the draws is an interesting addition. Very thick through there too. Someone will be through shortly that can tell you EXACTLY how many and apparently the value is $3,750 USD...
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I have no idea how many were made. I just am aware that trials rifles didn't fare well as they were usually tested to destruction. The crossbolt in the draws is an interesting addition. Very thick through there too. Someone will be through shortly that can tell you EXACTLY how many and apparently the value is $3,750 USD...
    If the $3,750 is correct with Poulin's 17.5% buyers premium that would be $4,400. That would make me very happy.

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    looks like the real thing to me. I have one, also BB-prefixed serial number. Skennertonicon's book states, "in all, 50 No.5 rifles were ordered with the triggers mounted or hung from the body, converted from No.5 Mk1 models..." Somewhere here on the forum, someone suggested that number may have been as high as 150, but I cant confirm that. Cant really give you a value either, but I bought mine 7 years ago for 2K. Yours is the only the second one I've seen. Vey nice rifle you picked up!

    Forgot to add: when I purchased mine, I used the "buy it now" feature on GB. It had posted for only a few hours when I jumped on it. So had it gone to bidding, who knows how much $$ it would have brought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smle addict View Post
    looks like the real thing to me. I have one, also BB-prefixed serial number. Skennertonicon's book states, "in all, 50 No.5 rifles were ordered with the triggers mounted or hung from the body, converted from No.5 Mk1 models..." Somewhere here on the forum, someone suggested that number may have been as high as 150, but I cant confirm that. Cant really give you a value either, but I bought mine 7 years ago for 2K. Yours is the only the second one I've seen. Vey nice rifle you picked up!
    Thank you. Yours wasn't the one in the Poulin auction last year that I linked is it? I figure whatever they got last year is probably the most recent value estimate. Just don't trust 100% that proxibid is correct. I like their estimated value of $5,500-$7,500 lol.



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    No, that wasn't mine, I edited my response a few minutes ago. Our messages must've been simultaneous!

    Anyways, here are pics of mine.
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    Very nice. I was wondering exactly what Skennertonicon meant by the hung trigger.



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    That's a great find!
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