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The Rifle No. 5 Mk I, was a derivative of the British Lee–Enfield No. 4 Mk I, Following experience of jungle fighting in the Pacific War, the British came to "the conclusion that a rifle shorter and lighter than the standard issue, bolt action .303 cal No. 4 rifle was required." However its operational use was in post-war colonial campaigns such as the Malayan emergency, where it gained its common nickname of the "Jungle Carbine."
Production began in March 1944, and finished in December 1947.

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