|June 2, 2000, 06:15 AM||#2|
Staff In Memoriam
Join Date: January 8, 1999
Location: Brunswick,GA USA
Lee Enfield, Lee-Metford, Remington Lee
Rifle #1 Sniper Rifle Mk3 Ht
Manufacture: Royal Austrian, Lithgow,
New South Wales
Year of Manufacture 1944-46
Action: #1 Mk3
Caliber: .303 Rimmed
Barrel Length: 25.19"
Grooves: 5 LH concentric
Magazine: 10 Box (detach)
M-Velocity: 2,440fps W/Mk-VII ball
Developed in the USA, then perfected in the USA and Britain. These guns were service issue in Britain and the British Empire. They were also issued in many former colonies after independence had bee gained, India & Pakistan. Lee Enfields were also used in Irag and the Irish Free State, Eire, prior to 1939. Others were sold to Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Thailand, and turkey in the post 1945 era.
The first turn bolt designs, with a single locking lug, sold in small numbers to factions in South and Central America. An improved two lug mechanism was then perfected in Britain, where the .303 Magazine Rifle MkI )Lee-Metford), was adopted for military service in 1888
Prior to 1939 the Australian forces were armed with standard SMLE Mks III and III* (No 1) MkIII and No 1 MkIII*) Rifles made in a government factory that had been established in Lithrow, New South Wales, 1n 1912. These guns were dated from 1913-1929, 1938-1945, and 1953-1956.
Indicators for year of manufacture:
V.R. (Victoria Regina) 1888-1901
E.R. (Edwardius Rex) 1901-1910
G.R. (Georgius Rex) 1910-1936
E.R. (Elizabeth Regina) 1952 to Date
Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield (EFD)
Birmingham Small Arms B.S.A. & AM Co
London Small Arms L.S.A or L.S.A. Ltd
Standard Small Arms S.S.A.
National Rifle Factory N.R.F.
NO.1 Mark III Short Lee Enfield.
Bolt: 2 Piece non rotating head
Mag: Detach Bx. Stagg. Column
Capacity: 10 rnds
Bbl length: 25.2"
Bore Dia: .303"
Basic British rifle of WWI and used to some extent in WWII. Over 2,000,000 made by Enfield. B.S.A. made over one million during the same period.
Note: Savage also made a rifle for the .303 British cartridge however, the Brits called it the .301 Savage to distinguish it between the .303 British round.
Hope this will help you in your quest.
|June 3, 2000, 07:25 PM||#3|
Join Date: August 9, 1999
Location: New South Wales - Australia
Humblidge - Without wanting to impinge on the Master's territory - it looks like an early type British #4MK1 to me and the wood is really excellent, but it has probably been around the world a bit and perhaps has had some parts altered/upgraded ?
As the subject is exaustive(-ING?)I suggest the quality Skennerton Book on the 'SMLE Rifle' would make excellent reading, if you can get a copy in USA.
It is probably NOT a Lithgow(NSW) based rifle(Aussie) as they only ever made #1MK3s and they thought they were a superior rifle in accuracy and sight picture to the #4( I disagree, surely I feel in 1942 it was "needs-must") though a very (experimental) few aussie #5s ("Jungle Carbines") were made in 1945 (I am told), but they are now worth a lot of money, as are the mostly British-made sniper HTs + kits, to a smaller extent.
Mr H ...this rifle could be the start of a life-time hobby....best of luck.