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Old March 27, 2018, 03:11 PM   #1
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Tell me about my 1918 SMLE MkIII

This rifle has been a minor mystery in my family for a while. It turned up in a storage closet, something my dad had taken in lieu of a payment, but nobody remembers exactly where it came from.

A few things are clear (at least, I hope so): it's from 1918, England, SMLE MkIII, .303 British. I've used it on the range, and it works, beautifully.

I searched all over the rifle for markings, and everything's here: https://imgur.com/a/1eXPh

I'd be interested in any information, any history, and your estimate of its value. I'm ready to see this rifle off to a new home.

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Old March 28, 2018, 11:13 AM   #2
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Looks to be a standard No 1 Mk III.

They were made in the millions during the War. Starting in the 1950s many were brought into the United States as surplus.

Many were subjected to various degrees of sporterization to make them more suitable for hunting use.

Yours has been so modified by cutting the stock back, getting rid of a bunch of original hardware, and clamping on a front sight ramp.
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Old April 4, 2018, 03:00 PM   #3
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It's a Mk III*. The .303 2.22 stamps are typical Brit proof marks required on any milsurp rifle that was sold through England. The 'ENGLAND' is an export stamp. The 'GR' means George Rex. As in King George V of England. Plus a swarm of assorted Brit proof and acceptance stamps. Broad arrows and crossed flags.
That front sight is aftermarket. You must check the headspace on sporterised Lee-Enfields.
This is a pretty good site for No. 1 Lee-Enfield stamps.
http://www.allaboutenfields.co.nz/history/markings/
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Old April 6, 2018, 12:23 PM   #4
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And, yet another person who joins, asks a bunch of questions, and can't be bothered to extend the courtesy of returning to see if someone was kind enough to answer his questions.
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Old April 6, 2018, 12:37 PM   #5
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Maybe take him out and shoot him?
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Old April 6, 2018, 03:54 PM   #6
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It's a Standard Small Arms one, with a bbl date of 1928, and probably overhauled in 1935.
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