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


 Specifications:


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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