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    Picked up a Malayan girl? Green Enfield no5.

    Found one of my grail rifles.

    Interesting late manufacture Fazakerley No5 MK 1 made in March of 1947. Judging by the markings, this is a pre-68 import. All parts match, including magazine (if only I had a matching bayonet). Metal is in good condition, minus a little paint. The wood is in fair condition, with some oil rot and a lot of darkening. I plan on restoring the wood. I think it is salvageable. I am curious as to the meaning of the stock paint. I've never seen another like it. If it is significant, I will forgo the stock restoration. No idea on how it shoots. I have some 1945 Radway Green MK7 that I plan on trying in it shortly.

    Please pardon the M44. She snuck in.










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    The green paint is tropical anti rust.

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    I figured this, which is why I would guess the rifle has been to Britishicon Malaya. The white paint on the stock is what baffles me.

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    Post independence Malay service perhaps?? I have quite a few surplus Lithgowicon L1A1 butts that came from Malay contract rifles with very similar markings.

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    Repaired 6/56 - June 1956. We used to stamp this into the butt along with the workshop details, such as FWM, 13FW, 2IW or 40BW

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    I wouldn't do anything with it, it's all part of its history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsimmons View Post
    I wouldn't do anything with it, it's all part of its history.
    Agreed, I've never seen a No5 retaining its jungle green, resist the urge to restore, keep her as she is, shoot and enjoy..

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    Agreed, she looks pretty good as is. Never mind the matched number bayonet, they were only done after the fact. Peter didn't stamp them for the units...any bayonet will do.
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    When Castle Armoury, a business in Vancouver BC was cleared out 25 or so years ago there were quite a few green painted No5 barreled receivers in the hundreds of stripped left overs.
    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." W.L.S.C..

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    Picked up a Malayan girl? Green Enfield no5.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Laidlericon View Post
    Repaired 6/56 - June 1956. We used to stamp this into the butt along with the workshop details, such as FWM, 13FW, 2IW or 40BW
    What sort of repairs were performed? I know you don't know for this particular rifle. I am curious because I do intend to shoot it.

    I found a BW stamp under the neck of the buttstock where the serial number is supposed to be. So I guess it isn't all matching afterall.

    At this point it probably will not be getting a restoration.

    Thank you for your help.

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