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Gun Review: Australia Lithgow 1919 SMLE No.1 Mk III bolt action rifle in .303 British
The Lee Enfield Mk 4
The Lee-Enfield was the primary infantry rifle used by British and Commonwealth forces during the first half of the 20th century. Introduced in , it was a magazine-fed, bolt-action rifle that replaced the earlier Lee-Metford. Constantly improved and enhanced, the Lee-Enfield moved through a multitude of variants during its service life. Variants of the Lee-Enfield remained the British Army's standard rifle until The weapon and its derivatives continued to be used around the world.
Lee Enfield No. 1 Mk III
This publication supersedes W. Code No. Rifle No. The rifle is a single-shot, bolt operated weapon, similar in characteristics to the No. Introduced into the Service as a training rifle, the No.
Photo: Joshua Gillem. The Short, Magazine Lee Enfield SMLE was already being produced by the time World War I began — this faster shooting bolt action rifle is one of the tools that helped the allies win that war due to its reliability, expedient action and precision performance. The manufacturers made periodic changes to these rifles in an effort to produce them as fast as possible during the peak of WWI. The main idea was to make them simpler, with less parts, mainly so they could be pushed out faster. Also helping to keep up with the demand, was the use of different factories to include those in Britain, India and the Lithgow Small Arms Factory in Australia.