I picked up this little girl bach in 2009. She was named Penny by someone that had her before me. If you look at the last pic, the one of the buttstock, you will see her name in the stock.
The stocks appeare to have a Tru-Oli finish on them. When I find the extra time I will remove the finish and restore it to a hand rubbed BLO finish.
Of all my Enfields, this is my favorite shooter.
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January 30, 2012, 10:40 PM
Lovely old girl. Don't forget to post pix when she gets a new dress.
January 31, 2012, 07:42 AM
Penny sure is a nice looking old gal with remarkable features. I know for a fact she has moves the young girls haven't even thought of yet.
I'm keeping a list of the No5's with and without a nose cap. They seem to be random. I know some No5's had the nose cap removed while in service in Asia. Something about the cap retaining moisture and causing accelerated wood decay.
January 31, 2012, 11:40 AM
The nosecap has been removed and the stock sanded. Too bad. Otherwise, a nice rifle....chris3
January 31, 2012, 01:34 PM
Was that already on her when you got her ? Thats pretty nice Gunny............
January 31, 2012, 01:44 PM
Nice carbine. If you reload you owe it to yourself to try some IMR4064 with a 150 or 180 pill.
January 31, 2012, 10:39 PM
Some of the rifles had the nose cap (mostly BSA) while the Fazakerley had a rounded lower stock.
8/45 Fazakerley untouched, all matching, and origional.
February 1, 2012, 08:44 AM
Agreed, the contour of the fore-end indicates she wore a hat at one time. May have been done while in-service.
Does the fore-end have the serial number stamp on the bottom of the fore-end near the end?
DougW, I've found that there seems to be an equal amount of cap and cap less in both BSA and Faz No5's. I've collected info on about 200 rifles and the tapered fore-ends are normally an indication that it initially had a cap and it was removed. The No5's that left the factory without a cap have a fairly blunt nose on the fore-end.
February 1, 2012, 10:19 PM
madcrate, I have never seen a decapped stock converted before. I have a heavily damaged from rust BSA #5 that I removed the cap from, but the stock is so badly damaged as to be unusable. (That rifle wears converted #4 wood and is a nice shooter.) My Fazakerley is definately origional. Looking at the pics, I can see yours and ball3006's observations. I wonder why someone or an armory would do that?
February 2, 2012, 07:46 AM
The No5's with the nose cap had issues with the wood rotting under the cap in very humid environments. The Brit armors would remove the caps, reshape the nose as required and oil them.
I have not read an explanation about No5's leaving the factory without caps. Possibly availability of the caps?
February 2, 2012, 09:06 AM
Beautiful carbine! I love mine. I reckon this is the "nose-cap" y'all are talking about?