This particular rifle is an interesting rifle. As the profile image shows the rifle is a No4Mk1*, production numbers however show that No4 MkI had approx 10,000 produced with a further 20,000 No4Mk2’s. There is no spring catch at the rear of the charger bridge, but clearly has the MKI* slot that was cut into ridge of the bolt slide to allow the bolt head to be removed. So I am guessing its either an upgrade or an actual 1* made in Pakistan from scratch. Otherwise it is a rifle like its peers but with intersting markings.
Also if you look closely at the Pakistan made No4 you will note a faint FTR to the right hand side where the markings on the receiver are stamped,(a somewhat interesting technique). the 50 indicating its date of manufacture / upgrade?
Whilst slightly a little rough around the edges when it comes to the markings, the rifle is still an incredible addition to the Enfield story and one I know I would happily add to my collection. I am a little unsure as to why these rifles along with the Ishapore rifles get such a bum rap. The Indian made rifles are still in service today! it just goes to show the history and longevity of these rifles.
The tooling equipment from BSA Shirley was sold to Pakistan in the 50’s and a plant was constructed at Wah Cantt. POF standing for Pakistan Ordinance Factory. Interestingly enough the Fazakerley plant also made its way to Wah Cantt in the late 50’s. This gave the Pakistanis the ability to produce the No4mk2, as well as up grading existing No4mk1’s.
To give a broader context to the reasons for the purchases of the plants is that the time there were escalating border disputes between India and Pakistan. The Indian government had the ability to make their on SMLE’s of which they did to the sum of nearly 1,000,000 between 1941-75.
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