Thought I'd show the monkeys how I came up with my Scout Rifle... Of course the idea of the Scout Rifle isn't new but Colonel Jeff Cooper clarified the concept back in the '80s. If you're not familiar with the Scout Rifle concept read this: Beware of the Man With One Gun – The Scout Rifle Concept | A Reasonable Life Back to the issue at hand, my DIY Scout Rifle... Back in the early '80s I purchased a No.4 Mk.1 Lee Enfield rifle. All original for $45. In a couple years I acquired about 3 or four more... One was a No.5 Mk.1 Carbine, aka Jungle Carbine. I really liked the Smooth fast action all the Enfields and especially liked the handiness of the smaller No.5 I also read an article by either Jeff Cooper or Chuck Taylor back then extolling the virtues of the No.5. Notwithstanding it's so called "wandering zero". Which I may add, has been hard to verify or duplicate. The writer of the article comments that the No.5 is as near perfect to the Scout Rifle concept as a rifle could be except for the caliber. Preference being .308/7.62 NATO. Well time marches on and a young man's fancy turns to cars and girls. The guns got sold... but not forgotten. Last year I picked up a 1964 Ishapore 2A rifle. This is the Indian version of the No.1 Mk.3 Lee Enfield updated to 7.62 NATO. No, they aren't rechambered No1 Mk3 riles made for .303 British but new manufactured (in 1964) rifles in 7.62. BTW, the British built the factory in 1904 and started making the No1 Mk3 rifles in 1909. In 1948 India was given it's independence and the factory came under Indian control but there were still a few British that stayed on. This 2A had been hauled around a lot but fired very little. There's a lot of handling and rack wear but the bore is in excellent. The barrel, action and front wood had matching numbers but the bolt, mag and buttstock didn't... This is not uncommon for service rifles... Head space is in spec. Taking my cue from Golden State Arms of Pasadena.Cal. who converted a lot mil surp No1 Mk3s and No4s into "Jungle Carbines" back in the '50s I turned this 2A into a Junglefied Carbine / Scout Rifle. The wood stock, fore and aft, was carefully removed along with the front and rear sights. Barrel was cut to 18.7". Same length as the No5. The muzzle was crowned with a No5 flash hider / front sight pinned on. The fore stock was cut to the No5 length and shape... I carved a couple extra notches to match the notch for the rear sight ears. A No4 hand guard was shortened and shaped to fit. Buttstock was left original. Now the No1 Mk3 rifles had the rear sight mounted on the barrel but I like a receiver mounted sight like the on the No4 & No5... Actually the No1 Mk5 had the first receiver sights back in the '20s. Back again to copy GSA conversions which had the charging bridge notched where a flip peep sight from a No4 was installed. Since I wanted to be able to use the charging bridge with charging clips I didn't notch it. Instead I filed the top of the charging bridge flat then drilled and taped it to mount my homebrew rear sight... I first made a sight blank out of balsa wood. Bore sighted at 25 yds. Transfered the wood pattern and made a proof of concept sight from aluminum... At 100 yds I was shooting about 1" low with windage right on. Excellent! Used this info to make two more sights from steel. One steel sight has an aperture .093" the other is threaded to take Williams screw in apertures. I cleaned all the gunk off the wood the Indians put on and rubbed in a mixture of BLO, bees wax, turpentine. All the metal (barrel, action, etc...) was degreased and painted with a ceramic based high temp low gloss black paint and baked at 400*F for an hour. The rifle went from almost 10 lbs to 7lbs 4 oz. I think it came out pretty well. And it shoots good too. Before First sight. Aluminum. Testing the aluminum sight on unfinished rifle. Second sight. Steel with .093 aperture. Third sight. With Williams Twilight aperture. For ruggedness and simplicity I prefer the first steel sight. That's what's on the rifle now but I have the Williams aperture sight handy just in case. After photos. Rifle finished. Range report? You judge.... I shot this 10 round group (1 mag) after I had been shooting at a steel plate just out of sight to my right. About 5 sec per shot at 100 yds off the plastic folding table in the other photos. Part of the time the target was almost obscured by fog. Ammo was 2012 CBC M80 Ball 7.62 NATO headstamp. All told I have $350 into the rifle.