Let me begin by apologizing if any of my terminology is wrong, I'm not sure what the correct names are for some of the gun parts I am about to describe. I recently bought a Lee Enfield No.5 Mk.1 rifle, nicknamed the "jungle carbine". Unfortunately, I purchased it with very little knowledge about this particular type of rifle and after doing some online research I realized that my rifle has a couple of 'issues'. I understand that this type of rifle was copied a lot and there are many fakes out there. On mine, I believe that everything forward of the stock retaining band is original. It appears to me that where the Brits removed excess metal in order to lighten the No.5 is all correct on mine, even the scalloped marks on the barrel beneath the upper fore stock are there. From the research I did I understand that is the best way to determine if it is the real thing. Plus all the numbers match and going by the markings on the rifle I am pretty sure this one was manufactured at the BSA Shirley plant in 1945. The "issues" it has are firstly, the rear site. It is graduated out to 1300yds when it should only be 800yds. It also is stamped with an 'F' on top of the sight, which would indicate it came from the Royal Ordinance Factory at Fazakerley. However, I believe it is not uncommon to find No.5's with this sight mounted on it. The second "issue" is with the bayonet lug beneath the front sight....As you can see from the photos, it's not there. Again I believe No.5's are regularly found like this due to ignorant people who bought these weapons as a hunting rifle, did not like that feature and took to it with a grinder. On mine you can see where that has occurred. Neither of these two "issues" really bother me that much as I'm not an avid collector who demands total historical accuracy, I just want to shoot it. The third "issue" does bother me a little however, and I am sure anyone who is reading this can figure out from the photos what it is....the butt stock. I believe it probably came from a No.4, as I have one of these and it is identical to that one. My questions to everyone are these. Are replacement stocks available, and if so, how much? Or, and I say this in hopeful desperation, could my stock actually be original? Were any No.5's produced with a stock like mine before they began fitting them with the rubber recoil pad? It is the one thing I would like to be correct as it is blatantly noticeable. Thank you everybody for any possible help you can give me. Ok, an update! I bought a No5 stock assembly online at e-sarcoinc.com for $39.95 (see photo). The problem is the color difference from the fore end stock. I kind of want to return the entire rifle to its original wood color which would involve removing the glossy varnish finish it currently has and rubbing it with linseed oil. I have read that sandpaper should NEVER EVER be used on milsurp stocks. Is that true? If so, how do I remove the glossy finish and return it to natural wood?