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    Enfield No.2** 1945

    Got this this week. The finish is like a dull blue. Is this original?
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    Really hard to tell from pics but it looks a lot like mine if that helps any.

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    I think they were just phosphate finished as delivered and subsequently painted in service weren't they?

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    As I seem to recall, we didn't see too many in original condition as by the time we had them they'd all bee around the block many times. I seem to remember that the Albion made Mk1/1's and 1/2's ones were a wishy-washy grey phosphate and the later Enfield Mk1/1's and 1/2's s were an equally wishy-washy blue/black as you show. Once we'd got hold of them they were black. It looks like yours has got a 52 (1952) stamped onto the body side. Might be worth looking to see what other marks are present. Good tough old pistols and I carried one for several years. But I don't remember anyone winning any shooting prizes with one!

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    I own a very similar No.2 Mk.I** Enfield made revolver. I think it's dated 1943 on the barrel. Has the blueish look to it that I thought might be parked or maybe blued or both...no paint. Has the blue steel grip disc as well which is obviously blued.



    Mine is only rated for 3 1/2 Tons!!

    A gunstore in Edmond OK had buckets of No.2 revolvers for $50 each(early 1990's price)....most had black paint and brass grip discs.....I dug the buckets and bought the only unpainted one which was the only one with a blue steel grip disk. I wish I had known more about these revolvers then...there may have been a rare revolver or two or three in those buckets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Havenot View Post
    I own a very similar No.2 Mk.I** Enfield made revolver. I think it's dated 1943 on the barrel. Has the blueish look to it that I thought might be parked or maybe blued or both...no paint. Has the blue steel grip disc as well which is obviously blued.

    Mine is only rated for 3 1/2 Tons!!

    A gunstore in Edmond OK had buckets of No.2 revolvers for $50 each(early 1990's price)....most had black paint and brass grip discs.....I dug the buckets and bought the only unpainted one which was the only one with a blue steel grip disk. I wish I had known more about these revolvers then...there may have been a rare revolver or two or three in those buckets!
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    The late No.2 I have has what I think is the original finish which is a blue rather than Park, but as the gun wasn’t polished first, the blue/black is dull and looks like a park.

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    Thanks guys. I believe the finish is original. I haven't shot it yet but will soon.

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    I've for the most part just used Remington or Winchester .38 S&W 145gr lead ammo in my No.2 revolver. The only real .380/200 ammo I've had was some FN manufacture fmj stuff that was like 170 or 179gr stuff. The FN surplus ammo shot fine but no better than standard .38 S&W cartridges.

    Still curious why Detroit-1's revolver is rated 5 Tons and my near identical revolver's import stamp is 3 1/2 Tons?? I actually think the import mark on my Mk.VI rates it 5 Tons as well

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    The .380 Mk.2z round has a 174 grain projectile. American loads for the .38 S&W have a 145 grain projectile so will woork fine but shoot low with the unaltered service sights.

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