(Special thanks to Colin Shorthouse for updating this information with his recent research)

 

Date

Numbers

Markings

 

1968

No. 1-19

marked 7.62mm Con.

 

1969

No. 20- 115

marked 7.62mm Conv.

 

1969

No. 116-165

marked XL39E1

 

1969

No. 167-466

marked L39A1

 

1970

No. 467-499

marked 7.62mm Conv.

 

1970

No. 500-999

marked L39A1

 

1970

No. 1003-1008

marked 7.62mm Conv.

 

1972

No. 1009-1241

marked L39A1

All the 1968 Rifles were used for different evaluation trials of one form or another, some ending up being used by the Enfield Factory shooting club.

All the 7.62mm Conv rifles had Factory numbered 7.62mm Magazines and were fitted with Target Sights.

·        1969 batch were dispatched to the Army Rifle Association on the 11/04/1969.

·        1970 batch were dispatched to the Army Rifle Association on the 16/05/1970.

·        The later 1970 batch of 6 rifles were dispatched to the City of London Police on the 06/07/1970 

All XL39E1 rifles had Factory numbered 7.62mm Magazines and were fitted with Target Sights. These rifles were sent to either Donnington, R.A.F. Uxbridge or R.N. Gosport, except two that were sent to the Trials Officer R.S.A.F.

All L39A1 rifles were without magazine or sights fitted and were all sent to Donnington.

All Rifles after no 10 were machined out for the 7.62mm Magazine as per the Enfield Instructions for modification drawings and notes.

All this information is taken from official Enfield documents and drawings now held by the Royal Armouries.

Highest Rifle number = 1241

Total Rifles recorded as made = 1238

Total Rifles dispatched from Enfield 1183 in total of 70 Batches