Rifle No. 5 Mk I: The Enfield Jungle Carbine (VIDEO)

Although never officially termed such by the British Army, the Jungle Carbine came late to WWII and has earned a spot in the heart of Enfield collectors.

With the British Army very involved in fighting the Japanese in places like the thick jungles of Burma, the need for a more compact gun able to better hack it in the brush became apparent and led to the creation of the No. 5 Enfield. Fundamentally a No. 4 Mk II with a lighter and shorter profile, the new rifle was considered useful for paratroopers as well and, with its distinctive conical flash hider, was put into production in the last two years of the War.

Confronted with issues like a rumored wandering zero, the gun got a bad wrap on the surplus market when they first appeared in the late 1950s after Britain adopted a semi-auto version of the FN FAL in 7.62x51mm NATO but guys chase them down these days.

In the above video, Eric and Chad with IV8888 take on the downrange rumors head-on as well as give a good overview of the gun itself– including how to tell the real deal from a post-war clone– by showing off a 1947-produced Fazakerley-made example.

Just don’t confuse it with the uber-rare Australian No. 6 Jungle Carbine, which is similar but a whole ‘nother breed.

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