SOLD FOR: $3,625
Model: No1 MkV. (SHT LE V – Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Number 1 Mark 5).
Serial Number: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1922
Caliber: .303 British
Action Type: Bolt Action, Detachable Magazine
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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a straight grip with finger groove, nose cap assembly with sight wings & bayonet lug, 2 barrel bands, 2 sling loops, and a brass buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows oxidation and wear. The rear of the hand guard shows a repair. The wood shows scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Most of the marks are small or light. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are light gray. There is erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves.
In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 6.5 out of 10.
Many military and C&R-eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950s.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish as refinished. Surface erosion shows through the new finish. The metal shows scuffs, small scrapes, and areas of discoloration from oxidation. Most of the markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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 refinished 10 round magazine that shows discoloration. It appears to function correctly.
Our Assessment: This No1 MkV (Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Number 1 Mark 5) was made by Enfiled back in 1922 as a Trials Rifle. It has a low serial number of 8. 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 scarce. Only 20,000 No1 MkV rifles were made and many of those were later converted to No1 MkIII configuration. This No1 MkV has been refinished. It is in Very Good Plus condition with good markings. The markings include matching numbers on the receiver, bolt handle, nose cap, and stock forearm.
…Now go shoot something!