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Enfield No. 8

#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

Cheers
 
#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.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#5
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!
 
#8
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?
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#9
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!
 
#10
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?
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.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#11
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.
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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Mongo

MIA
Kit Reviewer
#12
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!
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#13
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!
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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#15
it may be worth looking into the mk5 (jungle carbine)
Not Mk.5 - No.5

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.
The MoD will just scrap them though. (They have previous on this.) There is no chance that they will sell them to us.
 
#18
Isnt there a .22rf kit for the rifle in service? One that works?
Have all the cadet units got the L98A2 yet? The HK .22 conversion kit for the A1 was usually more hassle than it was worth (stoppage every 3-5 rounds when I used it) and had a habit of lodging/jamming spent cases in the TMH.
 
#20
I know they would never do it but if they wanted a semi-auto military esque .22 rifle for marksmanship training the S&W 15-22 would be a good call, the thing is bomb proof, accurate, and will cycle just about anything. I've only ever managed to have one stoppage by getting a finger stuck in the mag follower channel and causing a misfeed.

If the true purpose of the No. 8's is marksmanship training for TR shoots though then they may as well go for an Anschutz. The L82 was in it's out of service period so I never used it but it seemed slightly pointless using the No. 8 as a small bore trainer for it when the diopter sights got left on the shelf and jackets and slings were never used.
 

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