Enfield 2A1


This one is an Enfield 2A1 from the Ishapore Rifle Factory in India.  Made in 1966, this old rifle is chambered in 7.62 NATO.  It's fun to shoot, but a little tough on the shoulder.  Since the folks in India learned to make rifles from the British, they applied the same cruddy-looking "stoving" (as far as I can tell, that's a nice name for black paint that cracks and falls off after any length of use and turns into a gooey mess when mixed with cosmoline). As such, it was pretty nasty looking. In May '98, I sent it off to Mac's "Shootin' Iron" Restorations to get GunKoted.  Mac did a wonderful job on the rifle.  He even removed all the cosmoline from the stock for me.  Upon receiving the refinished gun, I was amazed at the quality of the finish.  Per Mac's suggestions, I refinished the stock with some tung oil, and the result was an almost new-looking rifle. Of course, knowing what I know now, I probably wouldn't have done this, as I'm somewhat of a collector; however, the rifle wasn't particularly rare, so I'm not too worried about it.

Interesting Markings:

Crest, caliber, model number, and year of
manufacture on right side of receiver
Stamp on left side of receiver near barrel


Caliber 7.62x51mm NATO
Barrel Length 25.25"
Overall Length 44.25"
Action Type Bolt
Magazine Capacity Detachable, 12 Rounds
Weight 9 lbs.


Santa Barbara 7.62x51 NATO

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