A very well done rifle. Cal. GI#: 101548412. Lee Enfield rifles are used by the Jamaica Constabulary force for training recruits during field-craft exercises and drills. Restored from a sporterized hunter’s rifle with reproduction fore arm and hand guards from EFD.com. While the original butt stock needs the addition of a cheek rest for use with a scope, I have come to think that the ergonomics are simply different. The Mk V did retain a magazine cut-off, but without a spotting hole, the piling swivel was kept attached to a forward barrel band, which was wrapped over and attached to the rear of the nose cap to reinforce the rifle for use with the standard Pattern 1907 bayonet. 4 Mk I* in 1942, with the bolt release catch replaced by a simpler notch on the bolt track of the rifle's receiver. [90] Magazine supply/importation (M14 and AK 10 single stack mag) whilst legal in Australia, it has been spasmodically curtailed by Australian Federal Customs (for more information, see Gun politics in Australia). An alternative developed during this period was to be used on the No. For more information and to make an enquiry on this firearm, please click on this link: Talens, Martien. The main deficiency of the rounds at the time was that they used heavy, round-nosed bullets that had low muzzle velocities and poor ballistic performance. These rifles were designated as the No. III* rifles by adding a heavy target barrel, cheek-piece, and a World War I era Pattern 1918 telescope, creating the SMLE No. [25], The best-known Lee–Enfield rifle, the SMLE Mk III, was introduced on 26 January 1907, along with a Pattern 1907 bayonet and featured a simplified rear sight arrangement and a fixed, rather than a bolt-head-mounted sliding, charger guide. [68] Production of this model was 1944–1946 and a few in 1950 to 1953.[69]. 5 Mk. 4 action, but lightened and shortened, chambered in .303 British. Lee-Enfield no4 Mk1 sporter: 0: 350.00: 11/09/2020 Enfield No 4 Mk 1 in 303 british sporterized good Cond: 0: 325.00: 07/25/2020 Ross MkII 3* 0: 325.00: 12/03/2020 Police Trade Lee Enfield No.4 Mk1* .303 British Long Branch Made 1943: 0: 250.00: 11/14/2020 DP Lee Enfield. Last but not least, Enfield sporters are cheap. Ended: Sep 27, 2020. 5 iron sight line was similar to the No. Seller: elsyd451 | Seller's other items . [45] With a cut-down stock, a prominent flash hider, and a "lightening-cut" receiver machined to remove all unnecessary metal, reduced barrel length of 18.8 in (478 mm) the No. For easier machining, the charger bridge was no longer rounded. This means that final head space is not achieved until the bolt handle is turned down all the way. [70] Commercial gunsmiths in Australia and Britain converted both MkIII and No4 rifles to .410 shotguns. In the early 1930s, a batch of 2,500 No. This is a particular shred of history to which I have close ties. Handguard is removed, forearm is thinned & reshaped to sporter configuration w/ band & nose cap removed. Lee Enfield SHTLE III 1918.303 Brit bolt action clip with Numbers Marching Sporterized. It featured a ten-round box magazine which was loaded with the .303 British cartridge manually from the top, either one round at a time or by means of five-round chargers. Fixed and adjustable aperture sights incorporated onto later variants, 1930 (trials only; 1,025 produced and leftover parts assembled into rifles early in WWII), 1931–present (2,500 trials examples produced in the 1930s, then mass production from mid-1941 onwards). None of these is known to have been successful,[71] though some owners have adapted 3-round magazines for Savage and Stevens shotguns to function in a converted SMLE shotgun, or even placing such a magazine inside a gutted SMLE magazine. Site active again Oct 2020. Published on Oct 10, 2019 Picked up this chopped up Lee Enfield Sported from the Atlanta Expo Center gun show for $80 3 weeks ago. The No. [36] The design was found to be even more complicated and expensive to manufacture than the Mk III and was not developed or issued, beyond a trial production of about 20,000 rifles between 1922 and 1924 at RSAF Enfield.[36]. II and Mk. 32 Mk. Near the end of the war and after, Canada made blued steel buttplates. Externally the new rifle is very similar to the classic Mk III*, with the exception of the buttplate (the buttplate from the 1A SLR is fitted) and magazine, which is more "square" than the SMLE magazine, and usually carries twelve rounds instead of ten,[81] although a number of 2A1s have been noted with 10-round magazines. An M1917 Enfield rifle was used by Sergeant Alvin C. York on October 8, 1918, during the event for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor, as the U.S. 82nd Division's (which York was a part of) official history states the division had been issued the M1917 (Eddystone), then replaced them with the No 1 Mk III Lee-Enfield while training with the British in the north of France, then were reissued M1917 rifles (Eddystone). Much of the current interest in Lee Enfield rifles revolves around their military history. 1944–present (produced 1944–1947) BSA-Shirley produced 81,329 rifles and ROF Fazakerley 169,807 rifles. [52] The telescopic sight had a field of view of 8 degrees 20 minutes and featured a bullet drop compensation range drum on top of the sight graduated in 50 yards (45.7 m) increments from 0 to 1,000 yards (914 m). These unusual rifles have something of a mysterious service history, but represent a missing link in SMLE development. Special Service Lee Enfields: Commando and Auto Models by Ian Skennerton. Comes with Bushnell Scope Chief IV 3x9. 4 rifles, selected for their accuracy during factory tests, were modified by the addition of a wooden cheek rising-piece, and telescopic sight mounts designed to accept a No. 4 Mk 2 rifles: Note 1: Second World War UK production rifles had manufacturer codes for security reasons. While you will meet plenty of Canadians that will criticize many of the popular rounds for various reasons, you will almost never hear it said that the .303 British is not up to a particular task. The Australian Army modified 1,612[50] Lithgow SMLE No. Sporterised SMLE. Note 2: Savage-made Lee–Enfield No. From the late 1940s, legislation in New South Wales, Australia, heavily restricted .303 British calibre (and other "military calibre") rifles,[72] so large numbers of SMLEs were converted to "wildcat" calibres such as .303/25, .303/22, .303/270 and the popular 7.7×54mm round. Manufactured until at least the 1980s and continues to produce a sporting rifle based on the Mk III* action. The Lee–Enfield series is very popular for service rifle shooting competitions in the UK and Australia due to the prohibitions on the legal ownership of semi-automatic centrefire rifles in Great Britain and restrictions on the legal ownership of semi-automatic centrefire rifles in Australia. Only have 2 items … $124.95. It was the British Army's standard rifle from its official adoption in 1895 until 1957. In total, over 16 million Lee–Enfields had been produced in several factories on different continents when production in Britain shut down in 1956, at the Royal Ordnance Factory ROF Fazakerley in Liverpool after that factory had been plagued with industrial unrest. Not enough power for the great bears, you might think? While not as cheap as they once were, decent sporters still commonly sell for less than $200 Canadian. The standard military stock appears to have been unceremoniously cut down and then whittled with a knife. Nepalese Police constables may also be usually seen equipped with SMLE rifles. The stock and fore end was marked with broad white painted bands and the letters "DP" for easy identification. The rear "battle sight" was ground off to make room to attach the No. 3 standard) were later modified for use with the 7.62×51mm NATO L42A1 Sniper Rifle. Enfield Envoy, a rifle intended for civilian competition target shooting and Enfield Enforcer, a rifle fitted with a Pecar telescopic sight to suit the requirements of police firearms teams. 1, the Supreme No. The sights on the No. [75] Similar developments were the South African Rieder and Charlton of Australian/New Zealand origin. It is possible to obtain a 10-round (the maximum allowed by law) M14 magazines for the M10-B2 match rifles in particular, provided an import permit from the appropriate Licensing Services Division can be obtained in some States, yet Australian Federal Customs may still refuse importation on no valid grounds. [55], Numbers of Lee–Enfield rifles were converted to .22 calibre training rifles,[56] in order to teach cadets and new recruits the various aspects of shooting, firearms safety, and marksmanship at a markedly reduced cost per round. 1 Mk III pattern rifle. Sterling Armaments of Dagenham, Essex produced a conversion kit comprising a new 7.62mm barrel, magazine, extractor and ejector for commercial sale. This rifle has been sporterized, meaning it has been converted from its original military configuration into a design more suitable to hunting. Serial numbers below 6000 were for civilian sale, serial numbers 6000 and higher were built under contract to the Canadian government. Many ex-servicemen preferred the military rifle for hunting as they were familiar with them and they were relatively cheap to buy. It is just about impossible to talk about the Lee-Enfield at any length without discussing the .303 British cartridge. Many Mk. 1 MK III sporter,.303 British, 640 mm barrel, walnut sporter stock, serial #4227. [91], A number of British Service Rifles, predominantly the Martini–Henry and Martini–Enfield, but also the various Lee–Enfield rifles, have been produced by small manufacturers in the Khyber Pass region of the Pakistani/Afghan border. The Lee–Enfield rifle is a popular gun for historic rifle enthusiasts and those who find the 10-round magazine, loading by charger clips, and the rapid bolt-action useful for Practical Rifle events. Due to the wide availability of cheap rifles and ammunition, the SMLE was the most common rifle carried by people who carved their homes and livelihoods out of the wilderness during much the 1900s. PRICE: R 6,000.00 Incl. I, Mk. 4 rifle was heavier than the No. 7 and No. A great truck gun. 1905, started life as a No1 Mk1 (the original Enfield), and was converted three different times indicated by the three stars following the Mk1. Experiments with smokeless powder in the existing Lee–Metford cartridge seemed at first to be a simple upgrade, but the greater heat and pressure generated by the new smokeless powder wore away the shallow, rounded, Metford rifling after approximately 6000 rounds. Police forces in both the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu continue to operate and maintain stocks of No.4 rifles. This bear was not killed incidentally or in self defense by the man that shot it, but hunted, using a Lee-Enfield, as per usual. Small Arms Limited and later, Canadian Arsenals Limited, Spelling errors in the markings; as noted the most common of which is a reversed "N" in "Enfield"), V.R. IV rifles are externally identical to a .303 calibre SMLE Mk III* rifle, the only difference being the .22 calibre barrel, empty magazine case, bolthead and extractor which have been modified to fire .22 calibre rimfire cartridges. [13] Soft-point .303 ammunition is widely available for hunting purposes, though the Mark 7 military cartridge design often proves adequate because its tail-heavy design makes the bullet yaw violently and deform after hitting the target.[102][103]. FIREARM HISTORY AND FEATURES: The Lee–Enfield is a bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle that served as the main firearm used by the … S# 79719. III (Mk. Rifle Factory Ishapore of India still manufactures an sporting/hunting rifle chambered in .315 with a Lee–Enfield action. Winning bid: US $5.60 [ 1 bid] Shipping: Calculate Varies based on location and shipping method. Lee enfield magazine only no1 mark3 $70.00 obo … Until 2014 the .303 Lee-Enfield was standard issue for the Canadian Rangers and one of its main purposes was for protection against polar bears. View Profile View Forum Posts Private Message Gold Bulllet Member Join Date Dec 1969 Location Queensland Australia. Despite this, the British learned from the results of the L8 test program and used them in successfully converting their stocks of No. The .303 British cartridge will launch a 180 grain bullet at around 2450 fps FPS, and a 150 grain bullet at a claimed 2690, though it seems fairly common for a SMLE to show a distinct preference for 180 grain bullets. Roughly 1,400 of these were converted to No. I rifles at RSAF Enfield and a few others including Stevens-Savage No. Reply . Both were located at Long Branch, Ontario. De Lisle, was effectively an SMLE Mk III* receiver redesigned to take a .45 ACP cartridge and associated magazine, with a barrel from a Thompson submachine gun and an integrated suppressor. Long before the No. The Commando units of the British military requested a suppressed rifle for killing sentries, guard dogs and other clandestine operational uses during the Second World War. When, as a young man shopping around for my first rifle, I was nearly seduced by a particularly nice Parker Hale sporter, my elderly hunting mentor opined that Lee-Enfield's gave him hives. [16] Some straight-pull bolt-action rifles were thought faster, but lacked the simplicity, reliability, and generous magazine capacity of the Lee–Enfield. 1 Mk. Lee–Enfields are also popular with competitors in service rifle competitions in many Commonwealth countries. For example, BSA Shirley is denoted by M47C, ROF(M) is often simply stamped "M", and BSA is simply stamped "B". Many surplus Lee–Enfield rifles were sold in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States after the Second World War, and a fair number have been 'sporterised', having had the front furniture reduced or removed and a scope fitted so that they resemble a bolt-action sporting rifle. The No. 4 series rifles that were converted to 7.62×51mm NATO were re-designated as the L8 series of rifles with the rifles being refitted with 7.62×51mm NATO barrels, new bolt faces and extractor claws, new rear sights and new 10-round 7.62×51mm NATO magazines that were produced by RSAF Enfield to replace the old 10-round .303 British magazines. [78] The L8 series of rifles consisted of L8A1 rifles (converted No.4 Mk2 rifles), L8A2 rifles (converted No.4 Mk1/2 rifles), L8A3 rifles (converted No.4 Mk1/3 rifles), L8A4 rifles (converted No.4 Mk1 rifles), and L8A5 rifles (converted No.4 Mk1* rifles). [84][85] Also contributing to the total was the Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) at Ishapore in India, which continued to produce the SMLE in both .303 and 7.62×51mm NATO until the 1980s, and is still manufacturing a sporting rifle based on the SMLE Mk III action, chambered for a .315 calibre cartridge,[86] the Birmingham Small Arms Company factory at Shirley near Birmingham, and SAF Lithgow in Australia, who finally discontinued production of the SMLE Mk III* with a final 'machinery proving' batch of 1000 rifles in early 1956, using 1953-dated receivers. [89] AIA also offered the AIA M10-A1 rifle, a Jungle Carbine-styled version chambered in 7.62×39mm Russian, which uses AK-47 magazines. 5 Mk. The Lee-Enfield is a good rifle, I just think we had a funky magazine. In Jordan, the Lee–Enfield was in use with the Police and Gendarmerie until 1971, and with the Armed Forces until 1965. 4 Mk I* rifles that were brought up to Mk 2 standard were renamed No. SAF Lithgow, in Australia, produced shotguns based on the MkIII action under the "Slazenger" name, chambering the common commercial .410 shotgun shell. They were supplied to the UK under the Lend-Lease programme during the Second World War. [13], Many people still hunt with as-issued Lee–Enfield rifles, with commercial .303 British ammunition proving especially effective on medium-sized game. The Rieder Automatic Rifle was an automatic (full automatic only) Lee–Enfield SMLE rifle of South African origin. 4 Mk I (T) and No. [47] The No. 32 3.5× telescopic sight. [61] They were generally single-shot affairs, originally using Morris tubes chambered for cheap .22L cartridge and some larger types, circa 1907. [26], During the First World War, the SMLE Mk III was found to be too complicated to manufacture (an SMLE Mk III rifle cost the British Government £3/15/–) and demand outstripped supply; in late 1915 the Mk III* was introduced, which incorporated several changes, the most prominent of which were the deletion of the magazine cut-off mechanism, which when engaged permits the feeding and extraction of single cartridges only while keeping the cartridges in the magazine in reserve and the long-range volley sights. The No. 4 Mk I* and No. A further likely consideration was the difficulty of obtaining replacement ammunition in the event of the rifle's theft or the carrier's desertion. 4 Mk. Smoothbored shotguns could be legally held with far less trouble. There are a few rifles that were re-chambered to other cartridges, as well as some .22 rimfire trainer rifles produced, but for the most part when talking about the SMLE the .303 chambering is a given. 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