Enfield De Lisle Carbine

#1
Well, after a wait of nearly 3 years, I picked up my new De Lisle this week.

First chance I'll get to shoot it is on Monday


Rifle is built on a BSA SMLE action. (pictures are flip-flopped as I'd held my Nokia N85 the wrong way up, its not got a LH bolt )



 
#2
'Scuse my ignorance, but i thought De Lisles were banned from civilian possession at the end of the war?

Or am i just spouting garbage?
 
#3
Lookalikes are not that uncommon. AFAIK, the only legal problem is that the original thing's barrel was shorter than is now permitted in the UK - so today's repros look the same, but they have a longer barrel under the moderator.
 
#4
JJ123 said:
'Scuse my ignorance, but i thought De Lisles were banned from civilian possession at the end of the war?

Or am i just spouting garbage?
Yep, garbage mate :D In fact because the moderator is an integral part of the De Lisle Carbine barrel you don't even have to ask for a .45 sound moderator to be put on the FAC. Happy days!
 

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#8
Sexy looking bit of kit but what will you use it for. Great for slotting deaf rabbits I suppose.
 
#9
Pararegtom said:
Sexy looking bit of kit but what will you use it for. Great for slotting deaf rabbits I suppose.
It's just an interesting thing to shoot with. No further justification required.

Why deaf rabbits?
 
#11
steven04 said:
EX_STAB said:
steven04 said:
RSupwood said:
Just for interest, what did you put as your "Good reason to have"?

Or did you just ask for a .45 gallery rifle for target use? :)
Yes, that exactly. :D
What length barrel does it have compared with the originals?
Replica rifle has a 12" tube, originals had a 7.5" IIRC.
I'd thought that would be the case. Have you shot it yet?
 
#12
IIRC, wasnt the originals using a modified Thompson 1928 Barrel? Also they had a wedge of rubber in the underside of the bolt handle to help deaden sound of the bolt hitting the side of the stock?
 
#13
They used an adapted .303 magazine, with the .45 mag housed at the front, and a velvet-padded recess at the back which he spent round would fall in. Whether or not that was present on all models I don't know (and would be grateful if anyone knows if this is the case) but one I fired years ago was amazingly quiet throughout the entire firing cycle.
 
#14
JonnoJonno said:
They used an adapted .303 magazine, with the .45 mag housed at the front, and a velvet-padded recess at the back which he spent round would fall in. Whether or not that was present on all models I don't know (and would be grateful if anyone knows if this is the case) but one I fired years ago was amazingly quiet throughout the entire firing cycle.

I've not seen the version that you describe and its not shown in Skennertons book on Special Service Lee Enfields.

There appears to be 2 versions, those made in the Ford Dagenham plant, and those made at Sterling. There are quite a few differences between the two, such as sights, muzzle, fore-end and magazine guide.

My replica is based on an original Sterling at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, which was used to take accurate measurements etc.

I haven't had chance to shoot it yet, but will on Monday weather permitting.

The only factory ammo I could find was steel cased Wolf 230g FMJ. Will have to see how it shoots...

Anyone know of another brand of factory .45acp thats still available ?
I checked Kranks website and Privi isn't imported it seems.

I may have to homeload it seems.

Cheers
Steven
 
#17
Want one. If you don't mind me asking, how much did it set you back? Was it a case of buying a No4 and getting the conversion done or buying it as a completed conversion?

You lucky lucky man.
 
#18
Two questions, how much and who from? Just asking because of envy.
 
#19
'Scuse my ignorance, but i thought De Lisles were banned from civilian possession at the end of the war?
Nope. Real ones were totally legal until 1997 when they got scooped up in the "Small Firearms" legislation Which made "any firearm which either has a barrel less than 30 centimetres in length" a "Prohibited Weapon". The can still be owned by collectors under Section 7(3) of the 1968 Firearms Act but have to be kept at a "Designated Site"..
 

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