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Lee Enfield Rifle

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Lee Enfield Rifle

The Lee Enfield Rifle was designed at the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield by JP Lee and was the main rifle of the British Army from 1895 to 1956.
It was also used by many British allies. It was quite often referred to as simply a .303 as this was the size of cartridge it fired from clips of five. The rifle from which it was developed was the Lee-Metford, which used a pattern of barrel rifling that quickly became obsolete with the introduction of cordite. The most common version of the rifle was the short magazine Lee Enfield, or SMLE, short referring to its length. At one time, around five million SMLE rifles were in use, and they still see service today as sporting guns.


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It was the main weapon of the British soldier from the reign of Queen Victoria, through both World Wars, to the late 1950's.

Jonathan Moore

I am an American who owns a No4 MK1, 4 Mosin Nagants, a Carcano, a Swiss K31, a K98, a Yugo M24/47, a Springfield 1903, and an Austrian Mannlicher M95. Working the bolt of an Enfield and having 10rds is the most deadly combination of them all. Peace through mastery of the Enfield.
Michael Peck

The Lee Enfield rifle is why we speak English.

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