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    Posted: March 09 2021 at 12:33pm
What year did they make these #5 Mk1 carbines?
The stenciling on mine is so faint I can't tell if the # is a 6 or a 0.
It's manufacture date is 7/40? 7/46?

Serial is 8059 if that helps
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I would assume it's 1946 Hoadie. They were not in production until 1944 I believe.
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Thanks. It's not as if I can ask the guy I got it from.(He was issued it for the Mau Mau uprising). He's gone now, like so many - before his time.
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yes , very likely 46 as none were made in 40 , technically they were under consideration in 1942 but development didnt start till 43 , BSA started actual experimentation of what we might know as a no5 in march of 43 , first production of a no5 2/44 and 3/44 with an FE prefix , FAZ produced some 7/44 - these were still called "lightened no4 rifles" 

FAZ received the contract for no5s in 12/43 as lightened no4s , 100,000 ordered , final design was approved 21 march 1944 , new bayonet blade design was instigated as the spike for the no4 proved unacceptable and the scabbard was instigated as well , 

production was by FAZ & BSA only and continued thru 12/47 [so its not an 8] they messed with the flash hoider into 48 but the rifle was declared obsolete in july of 47 and production was directed to stop in 09/47 , 

there was a bit of experimentation with a no5 mk2 version but it did not pan out , 
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