Enfield No. 8

Discussion in 'Shooting, Hunting and Fishing' started by Esteban, Jun 14, 2012.

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  1. A few RFD's have suggested that I'm chasing the grail trying to find one of these but whilst lurking I've seen a few pictures of them crop up on here.

    Is it a case of being lucky and/or watching the auctions? Also what condition are the ones which have made it into circulation in, are they worth chasing down in the first place or are they all worn out? I remember seeing a lot of rounds going through the 4 that we had access to as spotty oiks and that was a long time ago now and they were there long before that

  2. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    Try pm'ing the user 4(T). He's a specialist dealer in Lee Enfields and will be able to advise you best.
  3. in my experience they've cropped up like buses. nothing for months/years then 4 came about at once.

    it may be worth looking into the mk5 (jungle carbine) as 2 of the 4 i did see were marked up as 'jungle carbine's'. why i haven't a clue but you can tell them apart mainly by the front end woodwork, the mk5 upper section stops short of the lower. the mk 8 is continuous.

    might get lucky with somebody advertising a mk5 'jungle carbine' when really its a mk8.
  4. As well as 4(T) drop Ugly a pm
  5. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    I had one, sold it to 4T, it was an interesting one, new furniture, a W serial prefix and low number (less than 10) but a ringed barrel. Shot well and came with both sets of sights. My lad no longer wanted it so off it went. Not really a total holy grail but ask the right people and they will turn up!
  6. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

  7. Thanks all - have seen the rifleman.org.uk site before but yea was looking more for pointers in the direction of where there may be some, will keep looking. Are there many other .22 conversions of the Enfield that crop up in any quantity or was the No.8 the biggest production run?
  8. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    You are more likely to get a no 8 than a 9 but if you really want one plug away, leave your details with dealers and they will get in toouch especially if you offer a finders fee!
  9. Many years ago I recall a SE gunsmith was doing 5.56x45 conversions of No.8s, by putting on fluted (CETME?) MG barrels, a magazine well and action that would take 30rnd STANAG mags. Bung on a scope, a Timney trigger and a bipod and you've got a very nice PR kit.

    But it's taking it a long way from No.8.

    The Cadet forces will eventually get rid of their No.8s as they can't maintain them economically. Currently 20% are being withdrawn to be cannibalised for spares, to keep the remainder going for a few more years.
  10. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Because there are so many old No4s about lots have been converted into 556 or 762 x 39 rifles none ever really satisfactorily in my opinion. The work needed to make a reliable feeder usually means an effort such as AIA comes out!

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  11. Mongo

    Mongo LE Reviewer

    And the Armalon AL42 will set you back £1450 for the iron sighted version! I fired one and it was nice, although I think I'd probably only get one when I win the lottery!
    They use mini 14 mags as well, pity as I have a load of AR15 mags!
  12. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Sarony also only built his Rem 700 PR rigs with M14 mags. A chance to charge more! With 6 numbers I would do section 5!

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  13. Mongo

    Mongo LE Reviewer

    Although I guess they're cheaper than AI mags! Bet he charges through the roof for them though!

    That would be a lot of fun!!
  14. Not Mk.5 - No.5

    The MoD will just scrap them though. (They have previous on this.) There is no chance that they will sell them to us.