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S.M.L.E. Mark III and Mark III*'s during World War 1; B.S.A. made 1,601,608 in the same period. This rifle has a bridge type charger guide on the receiver. The rear sight has a fine adjustment worm screw for elevation and is adjustable for windage—this sight used a "U" notch rather than the "V" notch used on earlier models. The front sight has a blade rather than a barleycorn and a different nose cap with altered sight guards was fitted. Other changes were made in the cut-off, handguards, butt plate, and fore-end.

British No. 1 Mark III* Short Lee Enfield (S.M.L.E.)

Caliber: .303

Overall length, riße without bayonet: 44.5" With bayonet attached: 61.7"

Overall weight, rifle without bayonet: 8.6 lbs. With bayonet attached: 9.8 lbs.

Type of action: -Tumbolt Type of bolt: 2 piece—non-Rotating Head

Type of Magazine: Detachable Box—Staggered Capacity: 10 Col um 11

Barrel Length: 25.2" No. Grooves: 5 Direction of Twist: Left

Bore Diameter: .303" Groove Dia.: .312" Rate of Twist: 10"

Rifle, Charger Loading, Lee Enfield Mark /*: Adopted in July, 1907. This rifle is a conversion of the Long Lee Enfield Marks I and Mark I* to charger loading. New front and rear sights were also fitted; the rear sight is adjustable for windage. The Long Lee Metford Marks II and II* were also converted to charger loading at this time and were first called Charger Loading Lee Metford; in 1909 their designation was changed to Rifle, Charger Loading Lee Enfield Mark I*.

Rifle No. 1, Short Magazine Lee Enfield (converted) Mark IV: Adopted in 1907. Conversion of Long Lee Enfields and Long Lee Metfords to the same general design as the No. 1, Mark III S.M.L.E.

Rifle No. I, Short Magazine Lee Enfield Mark /**: Adopted in 1908. This

Charger Loading Long Lee Enfield

British 30$ Charger Loading Long Lee Enfield Mark /*.

conversion of the No. 1 Mark I S.M.L.E. was done by the Royal Xavy. The Mark 111 front sight was fitted and a new sight bar with a 4,U" notch was fitted to the rear sight. A number of other minor changes were also made. In 1912 these rifles were fitted with the bridge type charger guide.

Rifle A'o. i, Short Magazine Lee Enfield Mark II**: Adopted in 1908. This conversion of Rifle No. 1, Mark II S.M.L.E. was also done by the Navy. All the remarks under Rifle No. 1 Mark I** S.M.L.E. apply to this rifle.

Rifle No. /, Short Magazine Lee Enfield Mark 11***: Adopted in 1908. Another Naval conversion—this time of Rifle No. 1 Mark II*. All the remarks under Rille No. 1, Mark I** S.M.L.E. apply to this rille. At this point the reader should be developing some pity for the poor British Ordnance Supply Officer of this period! Many of these weapons which are already conversions of conversions were again converted in 1915!

Rifle No. /, Short Magazine Lee Enfield Mark III*: Adopted in January 1916. Same as Rifle No. 1, S.M.L.E. Mark III except: (1) long-range side sights omitted: (2) cut-off and cut-off slot omitted: (3) wind-gage on rear sight omitted; (4) lug on firing pin collar omitted; (5) sling swivel mounting on front of trigger guard replaced by wire loop; and (6) later—butt marking disc omitted and grooved cocking piece rather than rounded cocking piece fitted.

This rifle in conjunction with the Xo. 1 S.M.L.E. Mark III was the most extensively produced of the No. 1 lilies. It has even been produced since the introduction of Rifle No. 4—415,580 were made at Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia from 1939 to 1955, anc* a large quantity were made at Ishapore in India during the war. B.S.A. made 150,000 Mark III **s from 1936 to August 1940 and after a shutdown of three months caused by bomb damage, production increased to 1,250 a week by November 1941. This production rate was con-linued until December 1943 when the last Mark 111*1 was made in the United Kingdom.

Rifle No. /, Short Magazine Lee Enfield Mark V: Never officially adopted-made in limited quantity in 1922. The Mark V has its rear sight on the receiver bridge, an additional upper band, a one-piece rear handguard, and has a cut-off.

Lee Enfield Mark Modern

Rifle No. I, Short Magazine Lee Enfield Mark VI: Made in limited numbers from 1923 to 1926. The predecessor of the No. 4, having a smaller bolt head, a heavier barrel, and a lighter nose cap than the earlier No. 1 rifles. It also has its rear sight mounted on the receiver bridge and is fitted for the spike type bayonet. The rifle differs in many other details from the earlier No. 1 types.

Short Magazine Lee Enfield

Rifle No. 4, Mark I: Adopted in November 1939. This rifle was the main British service rifle in World War 11. Simplified for manufacture, the No. 4 has the heavy barrel, smaller bolt head, rear sight mounted on receiver bridge, lightened nose cap, projecting barrel with lugs for spike type bayonet, and front sight mounted 011 heavy band with protecting ears, similar to the Mark VI. The receiver is stronger and heavier than that of the No. i s. The No. 4 Mark 1 has been made with four different patterns of rear sights varying from finely machined adjustable leaf to ,;L" types and six patterns of bayonets are usable 011 the weapon. This rifle was made by B.S.A., Maltby, and Fazakerly. B.S.A. production of this rifle and the No. 4 Mark 1 (T) was over 1,000,000 from 1940 to 1945. The No. 4 Mark 1 was also made for awhile at the Stevens Arms branch of Savage Arms Corp. at Ghicopee Falls, Massachusetts, and Long Branch before production of the No. 4 Mark 1* was begun at those plants.

Rifle No. 4, Mark /*: Although not adopted officially by the United Kingdom

British Mark Rifle 1945

British JO 3 Rifle No. f Mark I. Early type iviih cut-off.

until November 1946, the No. 4 Mark I* was in production at the Canadian Arsenal at Long Branch, Ontario, and at Stevens Arms from 1942 to 1945. The Mark 1* differs from the No. 4 principally in not having a bolt head catch. The bolt is removed by lining up the bolt head with a cut-out on the bolt head rib-way. Other differences were the fitting of a modified bridge piece, replacement of the magazine catch screw with a pin, and increase in length of the sear pin. Many No. 4 Mark I and Mark l*'s were made with two groove barrels, and Stevens made some with six groove barrels. Long Branch made almost one million No. 4's including sniper equipments and Stevens made over one million No. 4's. The No. 4 with its various modifications is still in wide use among some member nations of the British Commonwealth.

Rifle No. -/, Mark I* (lightweight): Developed by the Canadians at Long Branch, this weapon was never put into production. It has a one-piece stock and its trigger-is pinned to the receiver. This weapon weighs about 6.75 pounds

and is 42.5 inches long with a barrel 23 inches long. The receiver and stock are lightened and the stock is fitted with a rubber recoil pad.

Rifle No. 4 Mark I (T): Adopted in February 1942. The Sniper version of No. 4 Mark I, it is fitted with a No. 32 telescope and a wooden cheek rest which is screwed on the top of the butt stock.

British 303 Rifle Receiver

British 303 Rifle No. 4 Mark 1 (Tj.

British 303 Rifle Receiver

303 Rifle No. 4 Mark / (T) with Telescope C No. 67 Mark I. This is a Canadian issue item.

Rifle, No. 4 Mark J* (T): Sniping conversion of No. 4 Mark 1*, similar to No. 4 Mark 1 (T).

Lightening Cuts Enfield Jungle Carbine

Rifle No. 5 Mar A 7; Adopted in September 1944. Light weight version of the No. 4 frequently called the "Jungle Carbine/' the No. 5 has a shortened barrel and stock. Some stocks have the fore-end rounded like a sporting rifle, others have a metal cap on the fore-end. The barrel has lightening cuts around the reinforce and a Hash hider mounted 011 the muzzle. The weapon is fined with a knife-type bayonet which is not usable on the No. 4 rifles. A No. 5 Mark 1* version also exists.

1911 Lightening Cuts

British 303 Rifle No. 5 Mark 1. The type shown has metal nose cap; this rifle is also found with rounded fore-end without metal cap.

Rifle No. 4 Mark 2: Adopted in March 1949. Basically this is the same as the No. 4 Mark 1, but the trigger is pinned to a block on the under side of the receiver rather than being attached to the trigger guard. The fore-end also had to be modified.

1911 Modified Images

British 303 Rifie No. 4 Mark 2.

Rifle No. 4 Mark 1/2: Conversion of the No. 4 Mark 1 to the pattern of the Mark 2.

Rifle No. 4 Mark 1 ¡3: Conversion of the No. 4 Mark 1* to the pattern of the Mark 2.

Rifle No. -/ Mark 1/2 (T): (Jonversion of the Xo. 4 Mark 1 (T) to the pattern of the Mark 2.

Rifle No. 6 Mark 1 (Aust): Made as a prototype in 1944. Shortened, lightened version of the Xo. 1. A similar rifle was produced in prototype form at Enfield Lock.

The Mauser Pattern Boll Action Rifles

Pattern 1913 (P-J.3): Made in prototype form using a modified Mauser type action of Enfield design and an integral five-round magazine. This rifle was designed for a high-velocity .276 cartridge which was remarkably similar to the

British 303 Enfield 1913

British 276 rattan 1913 Rifle.

.280 Ross cartridge. This rifle, of which 1.000 were made for field trials, was the fore runner of the P-14.

Pattern 1914 (P-14): This rifle was made in the United States by Winchester, Remington, and Eddystone during World War I. It is basically the same as the P-13 except that it is chambered for the .303 cartridge. I hc weapon was classed as limited standard in the British Army and except in sniping versions was not too widely used. When the United States entered World War I, production of the rifle in U.S. caliber .30 was continued and the rifle was called U.S. Rifle caliber .30 M 1917; it was known commonly in the United States as the Enfield. In 1926 the United Kingdom changed the nomenclature of the P-14 to Rifle No. 3 Mark 1*.

1917 Enfield Nomenclature 1917 Enfield Nomenclature

British .303 Enfield So. 3 Mark I* (T), originally known as the Pattern 1914 ('!'), (P-14 (T)). This rifle has the Model 19IS Telescope.

Pattern 19/4 (F) (P-14 (I7)): P-14 rifles fitted with a fine adjustment rear sight and issued in World War I for sniping purposes before the introduction of ilie telescope equipped P-14S. Nomenclature changed in 1926 to Rifle No. 3 Mark I * (F).

Pattern 1914 iT) (P-14 {T)): P-14 rifle fitted with Pattern 1918 telescope. This telescope has adjustments for range and windage. Nomenclature changed in 1926 to Rifle No. 3 Mark I* (T).

Pattern 1914 (T) A (P-14 (T) A): P-14 rifle fitted with Aldis telescope. This telescope is adjustable only for range. Nomenclature changed in 1926 to Rifle No. 3 Mark 1* (T) A.

Pattern 1914 Enfield

British J0.1 Rifle No. ? Mark 1* (F-l-t (T) A). This weapon usea the Alois telescope.

The Caliber .22 Rifles

.22 Cal. li.F. Short Rifle Mark I: Adopted in 1907. Conversion of Lee Met-ford Mark 1* rifle, the rifle is approximately the same- length overall as the S.M.L.E. Sights are adjustable blade front sight and tangent-type rear sight with windage adjustment.

Lee Enfield Mark Sights 1912 Lee Enfield Rifle

.22 Cal. R.F. f.ong Rifle Mark II: Adopted in 1911—conversion of Long Lee Enfield to .22 rim lire. The Mark I pattern of .22 Long Rifles was converted from Long Lee Met fords.

British .22 Cal. RF. Short Rifle Mark 11.

.22 Cal. R.F. Short Rifle Mark I*: Conversion to .22 rim lire in shortened version of Lee Metford Mark I*. Mark If of this pattern was converted from Lee Metford Mark 11.

.22 Cal. R.F. Short Rifle, Mark III: Adopted in 1912—conversion of S.M.L.E. Marks II and II* to .22 rimfire. A five-cartridge magazine was fitted later.

During World War I a number of different patterns of Lee rifles were converted to caliber .22. Many of these were converted by boring out the .303 barrels and inserting .22 liners. One model—the .22 R.F. Pattern 1914—fed from the .303 magazine through the use of conveyors which were chambered and bored for the .22 caliber in a manner similar to the auxiliary cartridges which were popular 011 the American commercial market some years ago.

.22 Cal. R.F. Short Rifle, Mark IV: Adopted in 1921—Conversion from S.M.L.E. Marks III and III* using new .22 caliber barrels. This is a single-shot weapon. When rifle nomenclature changed in 1926 this rifle became Rifle No. 2 Mark IV*.

Rifle No. 7 Mark I: Developed at Long Branch during World War II. As made in Canada, it is a single-shot version of Rifle No. 4 Mark 1* and is called "Rifle C No. 7 Mark I." After the war B.S.A. made a small quantity of No. 7 rifles; the British-made rifles have a five-round .22 caliber magazine housed within the .303 magazine.

Rifle No. S Mark 1: Two variations of this rifle were developed simultaneously. They were called the Infantry Model and the Match Model and differed principally in sights and length of barrel. The Infantry Model has sights similar to the No. 4 rifle and a shorter barrel than the Match Model. The Match Model, in addition to the longer barrel, has match sights. The Infantry Model was adopted in 1950 as the Rifle No. 8 Mark 1.

220 Long Rifle Bsa No8

Top: British .22 cal. Rifle No. 8 Mark 2 (Infantry Model). Bottom: British .22 cal. Match Model.

Rifle No. 9: Adopted since 1950 by the Royal Navy, this rifle is a conversion of No. 4 made by insertion of a .22 caliber "Parker Rifled" liner in a bored out .303 barrel.

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