Scarce RIC Lee Enfield Carbine.This is a scarce carbine in very good condition. Around 10,000 of these were issued to the Royal Irish Constabulary at the turn of the last Century. All of them were repatriated to the mainland in 1920 as scrap to be disposed of. According to records they were disassembled but from those examples that have appeared over the years a number were sold out of service and ended up in private hands.
This is such an example and in far superior condition to most of those that have appeared on the market in the past.
Lee Enfield Mk1* carbines or Lee Metford cavalry carbines were converted to Enfield rifling; 21 inch barrel, nose cap adapted to take the Pattern 88 knife bayonet. This was achieved by reducing modifying the forend and adding a smooth muzzle sleeve extension. The rifles were fitted with a small six-round magazine and the bolt was modified with a flattened ball. 11,000 were supplied by the War Office as a free issue to the RIC between March 1904 and 1914.
The new carbine was first issued to the Reserve Force at Dublin's Phoenix Park Depot in March 1904, before being distributed across the county forces. It replaced the Martini Henry carbine and at the same time replaced the existing long bayonet with the shorter knife pattern.
In September 1920 the RIC wrote to the Ministry of Munitions of War to communicate their desire to sell as scrap approximately 10,000 of these carbines, which were to be replaced with the modern SMLE rifle. They were shipped to the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock around November or December 1920, together with around 1.1 million rounds of Mk VI ammunition (ref: National Archives file MUN 4/6028).
This particular Royal Irish Constabulary Carbine has a very good bore and is in overall excellent condition with an original sling. The carbine has the original magazine, dust cover and the magazine cut off is extant. The rifle is marked with a plethora of stamps indication, conversion, proof and eventually “sold out of service”. It would be very difficult to find a better example of this carbine.
This is a Section 1 firearm and will require a Firearms Certificate for purchase.