Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Enfield Gunning

I took the SMLE to the indoor range and fired it at 25 yards with HXP 69 ammo.

It shot very close to point of aim with the micrometer sight set at 200 yards. The battle sights shot 4" high; they're set at 300 yards and, according to some ballistics tables, that's about where they should be hitting. Dead on in windage, which is good, as the sights aren't easily adjustable for windage.

As for the provenance of the rifle, it was built in 1956 by the Pakistan Ordnance Factory. The Brits sold/gave the tooling from the Royal Ordnance Factory Fazakerley for the No.4 rifle to the Pakistanis a short time before then.


Murphy's Law said...

Nice. Sounds like you've got a good shooter. Some of these #4 rifles have problems over the years when the forestocks dry out and the relationship with the barrel gets wonky. It's fixable with real linseed oil but it's a pain. If you're not seeing problems at 25 yards, your probably is just fine. Back it off to 200 yards next?

BTW, Windage is adjustable via the front sight, using a hammer and a torch. Again, a pain. Sounds like yours doesn't need it, so good for you!

Anonymous said...

So Pakistan was manufacturing No4MkIs while India was also making them at Ishapore? You learn things everyday.


Comrade Misfit said...

Well, other than Ishapore was supposedly turning out No.1Mk.III*s, yep.

Enflieds fought on both sides of the Indo-Paki wars. :)

Murphy's Law said...

Yep. Enfields on both sides then (Ishapore was still doing runs of No.1 Enfields well into the 1980s), right alongside FALs...which also fought on both sides in the Falklands skirmish and other conflicts. And let's not forget Browning Hi-Powers being used as issue weapons by both sides in WW2 after the Germans took over the FN plant in Belgium and kept cranking them out for their own officers.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

How did the ammo perform? Any duds in the batch like you feared?

Comrade Misfit said...

NJT, 10 for 10 fired. No hangfires, no hesitation, it shot as though it had been made last week.