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Lee Enfield SMLE 303 Rifle

The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield or SMLE is a series of bolt-action rifles and carbines that were designed by Scottish-born gun designer James Paris Lee (1831-1904) and the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock, Great Britain; to replace the Lee-Metford series bolt-action rifles and carbines (a series of bolt-action rifles and carbines that were designed by James Paris Lee and William Ellis Metford) when the British armed forces adopted smokeless gun powder in the late 19th century. The Lee-Enfield series of bolt-action rifles and carbines saw extensive service with the armed forces of Great Britain and the nations, colonies, and dominion states of the British Empire/British Commonwealth from 1895, until the rifles were replaced from frontline military service in 1957 by the British version of the FN FAL rifle, the L1A1 Self Loading Rifle.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War, introduced in 1907 it has seen action throughout the 20th century.

Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle

This includes all examples of the SMLE or Lee Enfield Bolt action rifle from its introduction to the last widely-distributed version.

Specifications

  • Type: Rifle
  • Caliber: .303 Mk VII SAA Ball
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
  • Length: 43.3 in (110 cm)
  • Barrel length: 25 in (63.5 cm)
  • Capacity: 10-round magazine (loaded with 5-round charger clips)
  • Fire Modes: Bolt-Action

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during World War Two, however, it was supplemented heavily with the older Lee Enfield No.1 MK.III. First placed in service with the British military in 1941.

Lee-Enfield No.5 Jungle Carbine - .303 British. This is not a chopped down No. 4 conversion (like many jungle carbines are) but an original No.5

Posted by George Freund on June 3, 2014 at 9:58 PM 2020 Views