2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Friday, January 20, 2012

That gun done been JESSE'D!

When someone generally says a gun has been "bubba'd" or "bubba upped" it generally implies or brings to mind an image of a redneck type sort hacking away at a barrel with a rusty hacksaw with duct tape and a Dremmel tool nearby to complete their "masterpiece". The web is awash with stories and pictures of weapons that have been "bubba'd", both intentionally and unintentionally, by folks trying to make their weapons "cool", "tactical" or "bad ass"...here are but a few examples from the net...

 A bubba job for sure, check out how the carrying handle has been cut away for the rail and the mounting job on that way to large scope for a SBR..because we all know large power optics go on an 11" SBR and not a red dot or other CQB optic..as well as a bipod...

 I have posted this pic before, in his defense this is supposedly a bubba job for laughs..still cost a Mosin its life though...


OK, technically a bubba, but if that barrel was cut and recrowned properly and that rail is attached solid I think this is a bubba job that might fall into the category of "useful modifications" as a scout rifle style mod...

OK, so you get the drift...

A few weeks ago a web friend from the WTA boards, named Harm, dropped that he was thinking about chopping down his #4 Enfield to a "tanker rifle" sized carbine.  A what?  A "Tanker" or shortened rifle. The term "Tanker" is thrown about to describe a full powered rifle shortened to a carbine length build.  Why tanker?  I don't know, supposedly some armorers in WW2 took M1 Garands and somehow chopped them down to the sling swivel so that tank crews could have something more powerful than pistols to use if they had to abandon their tanks that would still fit and maneuver inside the cramped confines of a Sherman Tank.  Don't know where I heard that so don't ask.  There were some variants of the Enfield during WW2 that were chopped down "jungle carbine" versions of the rifle for the troops in the Pacific theater, but it did not have a stock running the full length of the barrel.  I was skeptical of the idea at first and the thought of chopping a perfectly good specimen down made me shudder a bit.  But it wasn't what I wanted but what Harm wanted and he had another WTA member, JesseL, do the work...wonder how it turned out?

Well, here is the #4 Enfield before any cutting...

 

Here is a composite pic of Jesse working on it through several stages....


 And here is how it turned out...WOW!! BEAUTIFUL!!


I have to say that this is an awesome looking build!  It retains the classic lines of the original rifle while giving Harm a shorter, more handy rifle to keep for field or home use.  The most important step in the build I think would be the cutting and re crowning of the barrel.  The crown is the last place in the barrel that the round engages the rifling so any error here will affect accuracy down range.  Recrowning via counter boring is quite common - that is drilling back into the barrel itself to establish a clean crown - and many Mosins or other such surplus rifles may show them.  It is no shame to have one, it actually means you probably have a better crown than what was on the piece before they did it..and better accuracy after.  The nice thing about this chop job was that it gave a clean end piece to crown so it looks factory I am sure.   I also like the fact that Jesse was able to keep the original front sight post assemble and barrel band for the rifle as well.  Too many people seem to just chop the barrel and add a rail to mound a red dot or other optic and call it a day.  Not here, by keeping that hardware on the rifle it really adds to not only the keeping with the original appearance but is a stamp of class and professionalism in my book.

Jesse and Harm are friends and live somewhat close in Arizona I think so I don't know what this may have cost him to do, or if he would be willing to recreate the effort for others.  If you have something similar in mind for yourself and like what you see here, email me and I will ask Jesse if he would entertain any offers.

So now I have to add another term to the shooters lexicon...when a bubba is a weapon that has been hacked upon by an unqualified and less than talented gunsmith or other individual that ruins the weapon either functionally or aesthetically by altering it by unsightly means.....

....then a weapon that has been skillfully modified by a knowledgeable and talented artisan and the result  enhances not only the utility of the weapon in some manner but also maintains or enhances the aesthetic beauty of it as well...

it's been Jesse'd!!

5 comments:

Adam said...

Kind of like it, and really appreciate them keeping to the original lines/spirit of a Lee Enfield. Must kick like a mule though- standard weight is 8.8lbs, must be closer to 7ish now.

Wonder if they'll call it a Lee Enfield M38? :-)

Huey said...

Real men don't feel recoil...or at least admit it in public...

JesseL said...

Thanks Huey, for posting this. I'm just flattered (and relieved) as heck that everyone likes the way it turned out.

Huey said...

well deserved kudos...I bet some old Brit from WW2 looks at this and says "Bloody Hell, could of used some of that back in the war..ace kit that...no bodged job there mate that is.."

JesseL said...

Adam, weight is currently 7lbs 13oz. Just barely shy of a pound lighter than the original and still heavier than a Jungle Carbine.