Even Good Sights

The sights should be mentioned at this point. For their era, the Enfield No. 2 Mk I’s sights are good: meaning wide and visible. The front is about 3/16″ wide, tall and square. The rear is a likewise-wide and square notch cut into the barrel latch. A plus is the front sight sets in a groove in a stud forged integral with the barrel and is secured by a small screw. It’s changeable for height, meaning individual revolvers can be zeroed at least for elevation. Windage is not adjustable.

My particular specimen is marked RAF and dated 1936. RAF stands for Royal Air Force and this revolver presumably was issued to a pilot or air crew of bombers. Since it shows none of the ravages of weather its likely it was carried a bit and never used outdoors.

Having been made prior to World War II’s outbreak I also presume its front sight was the one used for the 200 grain Mk I .38 loading. That’s because it hits right to point of aim with my handload duplicating that one. It’s Lyman’s bullet mould number 358430, 200 grains of 1-20 tin to lead alloy, over 1.8 grains of Bullseye powder in new .38 S&W brass manufactured by Starline. Velocity of my load was clocked at 612 fps.

I enjoy shooting my Enfield No. 2 Mk, I but I wouldn’t want to tackle an adversary more ferocious than a ground squirrel with that .38/200 load!

Additional Reading
Read Handguns Of WWII Part 1: German P08 "Luber"

Read Handguns Of WWII Part 2: Japanese Type 14 8MM Nambu

Read Handguns Of WWII Part 4: The U.S. Model 1917 .45 ACP ( Colt Version )

Read Handguns Of WWII Part 5: The German P38 9MM

Read Handguns Of WWII Part 6: The Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector, 2nd Model .455 Webley

Read Handguns Of WWII Part 7: U.S. Model 1911/1911A1

Read Handguns Of WWII Part 8: The French Model 1935A

Read Handguns Of WWII Part 9: Smith & Wesson Model 1917

Read Handguns Of WWII Part 10: The Webley MK VI .455

Read Handguns Of WWII Part 11: Soviet Handguns

Read Handguns Of WWII Part 12: Reloading For World War 2 Handguns