SMLE MKIII & SMLE MKIII*


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SMLE MKIII & SMLE MKIII*



Short Magazine Lee Enfield Mark III

The SMLE was a shortened and modernized version of the Lee Metford and Lee Enfield MLE. Its size was beneficial to the military providing one service rifle instead of a mixture of rifles and carbines.

It would serve Britain throughout both World Wars and for the commonwealth throughout the 20th century.

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  1. I just bought one of these today. Went in to buy a Remington 770 300 Win Mag and after holding the Enfield for 15 seconds, I knew I would buy the 770. It's year stamped 1941.

  2. They were used by the Canadian Armed Forces until a few years ago. Only the Rangers used them though as the C7 wasn't deemed reliable enough for the extreme conditions that the Rangers faced.

  3. I have a question which I cannot find an answer to, clearly having double the magazine capacity of other WW1 and WW2 participating nation's standard issue rifles; i.e Germany, USA, Japan etc is clearly and advantage why didn't they copy it for their rifles to carry more than just five rounds or as much as the SMLE?

  4. A couple of mistakes:
    -fast firing was mostly due to a special shooting technique involving using your ring finger to fire and not taking your hand off the bolt. It was possible due to the short distance between the bolt and the trigger.
    -They were issued usually 2 magazines. Just in case the first one became dysfunctional for some reason.

  5. In the Arctic, the Canadian Rangers (mostly Inuit [Eskimo] troops) used the Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk 1* until being replaced in 2017.
    After 70 years of constant use, they were getting 'a little rough'.

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