SOLD FOR: $1425
Model: SHT LE No1 MkV (Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Number 1 Mark 5).
Serial Number: 6340
Year of Manufacture: 1922
Caliber: .303 British
Action Type: Bolt Action, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the right side of the stock collar reads “ENGLAND”. The British export mark on the barrel shank reads “.303 2.222 inch 18.5 TONS PER square inch” (the rifle fires a .303 projectile, the case max overall length was 2.222 inches and it was pressure tested to 18.5 to tons). The right side of the stock collar is marked “crown / G R” (George Rex) / ENFIELD / 1922 / SHTLE / V”. The safety is marked “V”. The top of the receiver is marked with a London “crown / CP” proof. The right side of the receiver and rear of the bolt handle are marked with the serial number. The bolt handle and bolt head are marked with “crossed flags”. The front of the receiver, rear of the receiver, and the barrel shank are marked with several British proofs & inspection stamps including “crowned” marks and a “crown / GR / crossed flags / P” proof. The safety is marked “V”. Many of the metal parts are marked with inspection stamps. The bottom of the grip is marked with inspection stamps including a “crown”. There are a few other small markings on the rifle.
Barrel Length: Approximately 25 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set between 2 protective ears. The rear of the sight is an aperture when down. It flips up to become a sight ladder that uses a sliding aperture. The sides of the sight ladder are marked from “2-14”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a straight grip with finger groove, barrel band, nosecap assembly with sight wings & bayonet lug, 2 barrel bands, stacking loop, 2 sling loops, marking disk and a brass buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows several scratches & small dents as well as oxidation. The barrel bands show areas of surface erosion. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Several have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The rear of the handguard shows a repair. The wood has been oiled. The LOP measures 13 3/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is light gray. The rifling is deep. There is light erosion in the bore. There is more prominent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its current metal finish as refinished. The right side of the stock collar has some pin prick surface erosion showing through the finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, thinning on the leading edges of the metal and areas of discoloration. The nosecap assembly shows some surface erosion. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a 10 round magazine. It shows scrapes, thinning and areas of discoloration from oxidation. Overall it is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This SHT LE No1 MkV (Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Number 1 Mark 5) was made by Enfiled back in 1922 as a Trails Rifle. The Mark V is equipped with a receiver mounted aperture sight which allows for a longer sight radius than the previous barrel-mounted rear sights. The Mark V was not officially adopted so Mark V rifles are quite scarce. Only 20,000 No1 MkV rifles were made and many of those were later converted to No1 MkIII configuration. This Mark V is in Very Good condition. It would be a great addition to your Enfield or Military rifle collection.