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Rock Island Auction MK4 Sniper

RIA is showing some of their better pieces coming up for auction next month. Below is one they teased on their Instagram account. The Enfield Mk 4 Sniper rifle. In my opinion the best combat sniper rifle of WW2.


The rifle was eventually reworked and rechambered into 7.62 NATO and served on until replaced by the Accuracy International.

Back in the early 90s, I was deer hunting on an old fella’s farm in Yatesville , Ky and stopped to talk to the farmer on the way out for the day. He showed me his rifle that he bought “years ago” at a yard-sale. It was a Mk4 sniper with optic and was complete. I offered everything I could think of to get it from him but he declined. He said he’d never even fired it but had it so long he didn’t want to let it go.

5 thoughts on “Rock Island Auction MK4 Sniper”

  1. Nah, I’d hold out for a Ross III with a scope rusted on so hard they couldn’t get it back off. Then you know it’s legit.

    Hat tip to A Rifleman Went to War…

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  2. They really are excellent rifles. I have seen two: One was being shot and was in great condition. The other had been bubba’d. I saw the milled down rear sight from afar and asked the owner what the story was. His dad had left it to him and decided to turn into a proper hunting rifle with a “modern and superior” Lueopld scope. He discarded 1/2 the stock, the hand guard, scope, mount, and chest.

    I thought he was going to have a heart attack when I told him how much an unmolested and complete (which it had been) was going for at the time and that was the mid-aughts

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  3. They really are excellent rifles. I have seen two: One was being shot and was in great condition. The other had been bubba’d. I saw the milled down rear sight from afar and asked the owner what the story was. His dad had left it to him and decided to turn into a proper hunting rifle with a “modern and superior” Lueopold scope. He discarded 1/2 the stock, the hand guard, scope, mount, and chest.

    I thought he was going to have a heart attack when I told him how much an unmolested and complete (which it had been) was going for at the time and that was the mid-aughts

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