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A Lee-Enfield .22RF No.5 Rifle

with Rifle No.7 type action


A most unusual "Jungle Carbine" style cadet training/target rifle with the 5-round magazine-fed action

superseding that of the .22RF No.5 rifle and its associated .22RF No.6 rifle

 

This model is not marked with any manufacturer's specific name or code, although both the No.5 rifle action and some components carry a "B" stamp. This may suggest manufacture by the Birmingham Small Arms Company, but whose usual code of "M47C" is not to be found.

The rifle was purchased at auction in 2005 with iron-work in rather poor condition, and has since been carefully and sympathetically refurbished.

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DATA TABLE - ALL MEASUREMENTS AS VIEWED EXAMPLE
FIREARM
IMPERIAL
(METRIC)
Designation or Type :
Military Style Training Rifle
Manufacturer :
Possibly Birmingham Small Arms Co.
Date :
ca 1948
Serial No :
"BS0198" on butt-socket LHS, bolt-handle and magazine base
Furniture :
Walnut
Action Type :
Turning bolt
Nomenclature or main marks:
"1" on butt-socket RHS
Calibre :
.22RF
-
Weight :
8 lbs. 2½ ozs.
3.70 kgs
Length - Overall :
35½ inches
90.2 cms
Length - Barrel :
18½ inches

47 cms

Pull :
13½ inches
34 cms
Spare row :
-

Rifling - No. of Grooves :

6
tight bore slugged at 0.221"
Rifling - Twist & Direction :
1 turn in 16 inches - RH
1 : 40.7 cms
Rifling - Groove width :
0.090 inches
0.8 mm
Rifling - Land width :
0.032 inches
2.29 mm

Rifling - Groove depth at muzzle :

0.005 inches
0.13 mm
Sight - Fore :
Standard blade between No.5 side protectors
Sight - Rear :
Parker-Hale No.4 tangent leaf with windage and 6-hole aperture
Sight - Radius :
23 inches
58.4 cms

 


 

Below are the disassembled major components

 

Next, left, a view of the rear of the action with bolt open and sight raised.

Right, bolt closed and sight folded down.

The rear-sight leaf has two scribed lines on its right hand side, presumably for 25 and 50 yard range settings.

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Below, the ejector side plate is evident low down on the flat side of the receiver.

 

The furniture has a plain wood fore-end nosecap, rather than the steel capping later seen.

 

A standard No.5 rifle foresight and flash-hider

 

The No.7 (British R.A.F. type) rifle bolt locking lug is stamped with the numeber "1"

and the military British Nitro Proof (BNP) mark of crossed pennants.

The No.7 magazine insert can be seen fitted into the modified No.4 magazine shell.

 

Next, the modified No.4 rifle magazine shell with the platform slotted for the .22 magazine insert,

plus the insert converted from by BSA from their own Sportsman Five rifle by the

simple expedient of inverting the latching arrangement

originally intended for the fitment of the magazine from underneath.

There was also a minor alteration to the profile of the side-plates of the unit.

Further detail can be found included with the page on the BSA Lee-Enfield No.7 rifle

 

 

The disassembled bolt, showing the firing-pin and return spring on its location rod,

The secondary extractor is shown in its groove with its small countersunk fixing screw.

The main extractor is out of view on the opposite side of the bolt-head....

... as can be seen in the next image, which also shows the recessed face

to accommodate the .22 long-rifle cartridge rim.

 

The underside of the finely chequered butt-stock wrist carries the makers code and Broad Arrow stamp

 

The trigger-guard unit is marked with the "B" of the Birmingham Small Arms Company.

The bedding-screw of the sling-swivel carries both a Broad Arrow and the "D" with a central bar

that is the clever combination of the often seen "EFD" mark of the Royal Small Arms Factory (R.S.A.F.) at Enfield.

 

The Parker-Hale manufactured PH4 target rear-sight replaced either the standard No.4 or No.5 sight leaves,

adding the benefit of vernier calibrated elevation on the left of the leaf, in addition to the usual 200-1,100 yard settings on the rear face.

The greatest advantage of the PH4 sight, that was introduced at Bisley in 1946, was the windage adjustment with its own vernier scale, along with the ability to add orthoptic aperture eyepieces, either single or multiple, to both suit the shooter and conditions.

More details of this sight are to be found onsite here.

 

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The bore is shown below from the muzzle. It is in fine condition.

The dark rectangle low on the right is the ejector blade

projecting into the magazine-well from the LHS of the receiver.

 

CLICKING ON THE RIFLING IMAGE BELOW WILL SHOW A SHORT VIDEO CLIP

OF A PASSAGE THROUGH THE BORE FROM THE BREECH

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Below are images of the lead slug - in the form of a plain swaged .22 bullet - that has been passed through this barrel.

In the right-hand image, the very slightly slanted indentation from land is in the centre,

and the compression of the bullet in the grooves can be seen either side.

 

See the Measurements Table above for dimensions

 

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Plain .22 bullet used as a slug from which measurements are taken......................A microscopic image of groove in slug made by rifling land