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    1958 POF No4 MKII

    Today I found an Enfield that has always somewhat intrigued me, and I always told myself that if I ran across one, I'd jump on it. Well, I jumped on one. It is a 1958 POFicon (Pakistan Ordnance Factory) No4 MkII.
    If what I have read in the past, in the 1950's, BSA Shirley and Fazakerley sold their tooling and machinery to Pakistan. POF produced both the MkI (harder to find apparently) and the MkII.
    This example has all sorts of interesting things going on. The receiver, barrel, stock, and bolt match..although the bolt handle shows a date of 1956. Bolt head bears two 5 pointed star stamps.
    There is an interesting roundel on the butt..a '506' with broad arrow, and a date(?) of '4/72' inside a circle.
    Rear sight seems to be of Fazakerley manufacture rather than the 'circle P'.
    One of the top handguards looks to have a Savage stamp.
    Left of buttsocket shows serial, P, and 58. Right is 'NLK' ( do not know what that is)
    Stock has the 'Ishapore screw', and all metal is covered in the thick black paint often seen on Indian rifles..possibly captured by the Indian army during the 1965 Indo-Pak War?
    I always thought these POF rifles were interesting, this one hasn't disappointed. I'll be really interested to see how it performs. Enjoy the pics!
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    Very very interesting rifle, thanks for sharing....

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    That's the only one I've ever seen. Tah.

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    Congratulations on your recent acquisition. That's a very interesting butt stock repair job... How does it shoot? Also have you weighed it? My no4 mk2 comes in at 9.8 pounds, it's the heaviest bolt action rifle I have but I actually like heavier guns for some reason that I cannot explain. Congratulations.

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    Taking her to the range tomorrow. Should be interesting!

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    Interesting to be sure. There's a member here who has made a subset collection of these rifles. Seems the 1963 is the last and hardest to find, IIRC. They used parts shipped over and had some barreled receivers in the mix as well, so never assume a mixmaster isn't right off the factory floor. I was lucky to find a Mk1 before they got "discovered". Interesting rifles, to be sure. Good find for you.

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    I got it to the range today,( indoor, rained all day) and I have to say it shot just as good if not better than any Britishicon manufactured No4 I have. Hope the weather improves by this weekend, want to see what it can really do at the outdoor range.

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    The machinery for your rifle WAS Britishicon! It came from BSA. They were required to retain and maintain the old No4 manufacturing capacity on a care and maintenance basis for 10 years after the last rifle production - so in 1955 it was sold on.

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    I have one of each and they are a neat and unique collectable all to themselves.


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