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  1. #1
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    Default New Gun Wednesday...

    Ok, so it was actually Tuesday...

    Picked up a mint and unfired ĎIrish Contractí Lee Enfield No4 Mk2. Paid a bit more than I should have but significantly less than the $1500 I was looking at for one still in the mummy wrap.
    This thing is effing clean! Not a scratch or a dent to be found and itís never been fired. Essentially a brand new rifle built in 1955. Iíve wanted a mint one of these for awhile so Iím pretty stoked.

    It does delay a project to get a really poor shooting MkI* fixed up, but it also allowed me enough left over to pick up a Swiss Schmidt-Ruben Model 1911 so thatís a plus.

    Now back to saving up to repair that MkI*.

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    That thing is effing beautiful!

    Is that peacetime polishing and bluing instead of "wartime finish?"

    My old Mk.1, first centerfire rifle I ever owned, is in Alaska, God knows where. Despite the poor sporterising job the previous owner inflicted on it, it was still smooth and reliable in operation.

    A trained man, working carefully, would soon have a large collection of Bubbarized AKs and ARs to choose from.
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    There's something so satisfying about owning a pristine piece of history.
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    On my bucket list
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    Ahhh....wood and steel! Absolutely Stunning. Thanks for the Pix!
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    That's a beauty, congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
    There's something so satisfying about owning a pristine piece of history.
    Well I don't know about 'history' since it's never been fired (yet!). But I do love these rifles. They may be outdated by modern standards but they're still awesome nonetheless... I consider the Lee Enfield No4 to be the greatest bolt action battle rifle in history. Mauser's may have had a stronger action, Swiss straight-pull actions may have been faster, and Finnish M39's and Swiss rifles may have been more accurate; but taken as a total package I don't think anything beats the British No4 rifles.


    "If you find yourself in a fair fight you failed to properly prepare..."

    "History is the autobiography of a madman..."

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    That old girl is a beautiful. I have always enjoyed shooting them... it just expensive to feed them. I miss mine.

    They have spoiled me and left me to be always wanting for a bolt action .308 with a butter smooth action, perfect balance properly adjustable aperture sights

    and no, I tried an Ishy and a MK1 is not a #4.

    LE's are a sickness...

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