Lee-Enfield No 5 Mk I Rifle

Place Europe: United Kingdom
Accession Number REL23792
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Lee-Enfield No 5 Mk 1 Rifle with a detachable butt. Receiver engraved No5MKIROF(F) over 9/45 R6365. The butt has an aluminium wrist and a brass turn bolt to detach it from the rifle. The foregrip has a repair to the wood behind the front sling swivel band.

History / Summary

In December 1943 the British Army believed there was a requirement for some lightened No 4 rifles with detachable butts for use by the airborne troops and twenty were manufactured. This particular No 5 rifle is believed to have been made to look like one of the 20 experimental models made on No 4 actions and is considered a replica.

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