A few years ago, I bought a used Coastal P22 suppressor. It wasn’t supposed to be user serviceable, but after time, it kind of jailbroke itself. The baffles were of a very simple washer-spacer washer-spacer design. Truthfully, the performance of the thing wasn’t even close to more modern stuff, like my Outback II-D.
I decided to see what could be done about upgrading it and having a more modern baffle stack, or even a mono-core.
My friend Chuck from LRM Technologies told me “No problem” and the old girl was on its way.
Fast forward to a few days ago, when I received it back.
I haven’t had much time to shoot it yet, but so far the performance looks to be promising.
And walks out with what he believes to be a snub nose .38, for personal and home defense.
What he comes home with, however, isn’t quite what he thought it was.
Not only is it not .38 Special, but it’s in a much shorter, and hard to find caliber: .38 Smith & Wesson.
Perhaps not what he was looking for after all!
What we’ve got here, is a 1935 Enfield No.2 Mk.1, with a barrel cut down to 2″.
Some history on the Enfield revolver.
The No.2 Mk.1 was adopted by the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth in 1931, with an external hammer, fired from both Single Action and Double Action. (SA/DA).
In 1938, supposedly by the request of tank crews who kept getting the hammer snagged onto things in their confined battle stations, the No.2Mk1* was introduced, with a Dual Action Only trigger, and a spurless hammer. In War time, most Mk.1 models were converted into Mk.1*, refitted with a different hammer and trigger mechanism.
At some point or another, a snub nose model was fabricated, based on the No.2 Mk.1*. The barrel was cut to 2″, and the top of the remaining barrel was machined down, and the sight base and blade from the original model were soldered on. The modification almost unnoticeable by the untrained eye, the revolver seemed as if it was made that way. Supposedly a handful of revolvers were modified, and the project was stopped. Few of these snub nose models remain in the UK.
The gun we have here, was a relatively common sight in the ’60s in the US, Enfield revolvers were imported by the bunch and sold by mail order companies by the dozen, and were cheap. To boost sales, few resellers cut down the fine No.2 Mk1* models and soldered a blade on the end for a sight.
The interesting thing seems that the modified ones offered at the time were all Mk.1* models, and not Mk.1 models like this one. Whoever did the modification butchered up a fine revolver, but at least spent some time fabricating and installing the sight. In the right light and clearly visible in the pictures, the difference in bluing is noticeable, and some traces of solder can be seen.
Nonetheless, a nice piece of work.
Is it rare? Not really. Is it valuable? Not really. One thing is for sure though; It’s a neat old thing!
I came across this interesting article, posted on AR15.com.
Especially with the current rise in Concealed Carry Permits issued country-wide, I thought it was worth posting it here as well.
First, my info. I worked in the street of one of America’s most violent, dangerous cities for 15 years. I usually worked in the worst part of that city. I spent 15 years in patrol. I liked patrol. It was wild. Most of the time I worked in areas covered in ghetto. By that I mean large housing projects combined with run down slum housing. I have worked all shifts. Later I became an investigator including a robbery investigator. I have spent countless hours in interrogation rooms talking to hold up men. I know them. I am still an investigator but have quit playing the Robbery game because my family was starting to forget what I looked like.
Some may object to me calling hold up men “the enemy”. You can call them whatever you like. I can assure you however they are as deadly an enemy as you will find anywhere but the battlefield. Even many soldiers probably lack the viciousness and utter disregard for life most hold up men possess.
No one wakes up in the morning one day and decides to become an armed robber. It is a gradual process that requires some experience and desensitizing. Before a man will pick up a gun and threaten to kill people who have done him no harm in order to get their usually meager possessions he has to get comfortable with some things.
He has to get used to seeing others as objects for him to exploit. He has to accept he may be killed while robbing. He has to accept the felony conviction for Robbery will haunt him all his life. He has to accept he may need to kill a completely innocent person to get away with his crime.
Picked up a nice Colt SP1.
It’s an old Sing Sing correctional facility rifle, and has that nice “been there – done that” look…
During our honeymoon in Paris recently, Mr. and Mrs. Monkey-Wrench came across this neat old tank at the “Musée de l’Armée”
It’s a Renault FT17 from 1917, and saw action during “The Great War”.
It was called the first modern tank, because it was the very first tank to feature a fully revolving cannon, a driver in the front and the engine in the back. Most modern day tanks still have these features.