Rifle as Shipped from AIM, Inc. with So. African Battle Pack
This is a full view of the rifle as shipped from AIM, Inc. along with a South African Battle Pack of surplus 7.62mm NATO ammunition (c. 1981). These rifles were designed to use the NATO load, which is lighter than that of commercially available .308 Winchester cartridges. Even though the .308 Winchester cartridge is the base design for the NATO cartridge, it is considered dangerous to use in Indian made Enfield rifles.
Right Side Showing Year of Manufacture and Repairs to Stock
This view of the right side shows a large repair to the stock along with a smaller repair just ahead of it. This view also shows the year of manufacture as 1964 as well as the RFI name on a plate just beneath the bolt handle.
Top View Showing Bolt Action
This is a view of the top with the bolt closed in the action.
Bottom View Showing Stock Repair
This view shows a repair to the stock. I left the box magazine in place just as it was shipped.
Shipping Enclosures from AIM, Inc.
The shipping enclosure on the left is promoting some items from Gun Parts Corporation that might be of use for adjustment or repair. The red tag to the right is a warning to the purchaser to thoroughly clean and inspect the rifle before use. They recommend an inspection by a gunsmith, given the age and condition of the weapon.
Butt Stock Showing Rack Number
The butt stock shows a rack number of "9". The opposite side shows a cartouche from the Ishapore RFI. Again, the wood has two repairs. The butt plate looks as if the soldier(s) that used this, regularly dropped it into gravel.
Early Rear Sight
The rifle appears to have an early rear sight version and is marked up to 2,000 meters. The hand guards fore and aft of the sight have repairs.
Primary Components Disassembled
Typical of old imports, the rifle was dipped in a hot bath of liquefied grease. Note the common household tools, rubber gloves, and paper towel. (I decided not to wreck my good gunsmith's screw drivers or get the waxy goo on them.) The next step is to remove the mess from every part. Nearly every screw head is chewed up from someone's lazy work in years past. I need to repair them as best as I can. The next step will be to disassemble the trigger, bolt, and magazine. Clean everything. Then it can be reassembled.