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Just picked this up today.

I read somewhere online that the "snub nose" modification of the Enfield no.2 mk1* was done by an American import company trying to garner more interest in the large shipment of enfield revolvers, calling this modification things like a "Commando model" or Police issue. Is this true?

Also, the wooden grips look like they don't belong originally, but I could be wrong. I haven't seen any that look like these.


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Matt

 

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No import marks. It is a pretty cool little piece. Should be fun to shoot. It came with 40 rounds of ammo, so I'll have to get out to the range sometime and see how it does. I was told it shoots a little low because the front sight is high.

Upon doing more research, I see the marking is a D superimposed over an E and followed by an I, for 1, with a single star, all of this denoting a no.2 mk1*
 

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Thanks for the info, breayeyp. Pig-looking as it is (at least says my wife), I like it. Feels good in the hand even as short as it is. I wonder how well these sold back in the 50's and 60's, as I believe they cut the barrels down to increase interest.

I don't see very many of them for sale.
 

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Interesting, I've heard before that the bobbed hammer really wouldn't have made much of a difference to a tank operator, and it makes much more sense that it would have been done to cut costs/time.
 

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Any idea as to value? I got this in a trade (a guitar set for the Enfield) and I really have only a small idea of the snub nose modification's value (I'm thinking $300 tops?). And there aren't a lot of examples from online auctions that are current or even very many that are recent.

I appreciate the help.

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Just curious about the value as I'm wondering if it's worth putting a regular length no.2 barrel on it (found one for sale, $117), just to have it fit the holster, improve accuracy, and look the way it was originally designed to.
 

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Sorry for the delay. I've been busy lately and it's kept me off gunboards - hate when that happens.

Of course! Please use them. Glad they are of interest.

Thank you for sharing the photos of the pistol. I was wondering if you would mind if I used them and some of the information in this thread on my blog? There is a link to it in my signature line. Thank you.
 

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These things only sell for about $300 max and it will never be "original". It is an Enfield produced gun, so not even one of the rarer manufacturers. I would assume that since most shoot extremely low with most commercial ammo it would not help too much with accuracy either. They were designed for .38/200 grain bullet and most you can find now is in the 158 gr range. I personally have about 11 of these things and a number of Webley's as well so I would just keep it for the "oddity" of it's existence, and since I do have some replacement grips lying around I would probably put the barrel on it, but I do not know if you have that kind of sentiment for these pistols, or what you paid for it originally.

Also, I've always wondered, is it extremely difficult to open since you do not have as much barrel to grab onto now?

Yes, it was a little bit of a pain to open sometimes without the added leverage of the regular length barrel, but nothing too bad. You're right about the accuracy. Not a sniper rifle that's for sure, but it sure was fun to shoot. I actually sold it some months back to a member on here for a little less than $300 if I remember correctly. If it had been the original length, unmodified, I would have kept it without a doubt. Great little revolver.

-Matt
 
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