4 Mk II rifle, which they marketed as the AIA No. [41] The No.4 rifle was primarily produced for the United Kingdom, Canada and some other Commonwealth countries such as New Zealand. Send Private Message. The SMLE Mk V (later Rifle No. The Ekins Automatic Rifle was one of the numerous attempts to convert a Lee–Enfield SMLE to an automatic rifle. 2/1s (Mk. III, largely due to its heavier barrel. [19], .303 British cartridges, along with the Lee–Enfield rifle, were heavily criticized after the Second Boer War. $1,950.00 . Find Members Posts. For easier machining, the charger bridge was no longer rounded. The construction and characteristics of the rifle and cartridge thus became of considerable practical interest. No. The new Pattern 1858 gun with a different bore (0.656) was introduced to quell any uneasiness among the Indian sepoys and assurances were given that the cartridges were not dipped in beef or pork fat. 150, 160, 170, 180, and 200-grain (13 g), both for hunting and target purposes. Remington Arms Company, LLC is an American manufacturer of firearms and ammunition, and was the largest rifle manufacturer in North America according to the ATF statistics in 2015. The pronounced tapering exterior shape of the case was designed to promote reliable case feeding and extraction in bolt action rifles and machine guns alike, under challenging conditions. [11] This led to the introduction of the Cartridge S.A. Ball .303 inch Cordite Mark III, basically the original 215-grain (13.9 g) bullet with the jacketing cut back to expose the lead in the nose. The No. 1 Mk. The main difference between the two was in the rifling, which was a new type of rifling done exclusively at the factory in Enfield. In November 1895, changes in the rifling and the sights were made to accommodate smokeless powder cartridges, and the new rifle was designated the Lee-Enfield Magazine Rifle Mark I, or in common parlance, the "Magazine Lee-Enfield" (MLE). 4 rifle was further simplified for mass-production with the creation of the No. 5 iron sight line was similar to the No. Lee–Enfields are very popular as hunting rifles and target shooting rifles. A recent change.org petition seeking Lithgow Arms to chamber the LA102 centerfires rifle in .303 as a special edition release has attracted considerable attention both in Australia and worldwide. A conversion specification of No.1 rifles to L59A2 Drill Purpose was also prepared but was abandoned due to the greater difficulty of machining involved and the negligible numbers still in the hands of cadet units. These conversions were for issue to police and prison guards, to provide a firearm with a much-reduced power and range in comparison to the .303 cartridge. In Iraq and Egypt, the Lee–Enfield was replaced by the Kalashnikov as the standard issue rifle in the Armed Forces by the late 1950s, and in Police Forces by the late 1970s. monwealth forces with self-loading rifles resulted in large numbers of Lee-Enfield rifles coming on the American market. For example, BSA Shirley is denoted by M47C, ROF(M) is often simply stamped "M", and BSA is simply stamped "B". The accuracy requirement was ability to place 7 of 7 shots in a 5 inches (12.7 cm) circle at 200 yards (183 m) and 6 of 7 shots in a 10 inches (25.4 cm) circle at 400 yards (366 m). In the early 1930s, a batch of 2,500 No. [22] The SMLE's visual trademark was its blunt nose, with only the bayonet boss protruding a small fraction of an inch beyond the nosecap, being modelled on the Swedish Model 1894 Cavalry Carbine. Adopted in 1871, the Martini-Henry was the first purpose-designed breech-loading, metallic cartridge rifle in … The products were marketed under alliterative names e.g. [24] The shorter length was controversial at the time; many Rifle Association members and gunsmiths were concerned that the shorter barrel would not be as accurate as the longer MLE barrels, that the recoil would be much greater and the sighting radius would be too short. 0 bids +$6.85 shipping. [13] The design of the handguards and the magazine were also improved and the chamber was adapted to fire the new Mk VII High Velocity spitzer .303 ammunition. Since formation in 1998, organisations such as the Lee Enfield Rifle Association have assisted in not just preserving rifles in shooting condition (many Lee–Enfields are being deactivated and sold as "wall-hangers" to collectors who do not hold a Firearms Licence in countries where they are required), but holding events and competitions. Its history is somewhat peculiar, too. [13] Soft-point .303 ammunition is widely available for hunting purposes, though the Mark 7 military cartridge design often proves adequate because its tail-heavy design makes the bullet yaw violently and deform after hitting the target.[102][103]. Some were later modified with special adaptors to enable magazine loading. 7 and No. [88], The Brisbane-based Australian International Arms also manufactured a modern reproduction of the No. [40], During the course of the Second World War, the No. Enfield Sports stock Eley Hawk & Lyalvale Express Cartridges. $15.00. The later Mark 6 and 7 incendiary rounds could also be used in this role. For other uses, see, Models/marks of Lee–Enfield rifle and service periods, Lee–Enfield conversions and training models, Special service Lee–Enfields: Commando and automatic models, Australian International Arms No. … in the mid-1850s, a new Enfield rifle was introduced into India that required a soldier to bite off the ends of greased cartridges in order to load the weapon. Roughly 1,400 of these were converted to No. Later on when Avrakotos asked Michael Vickers to revamp their strategy, he stopped the Enfield system and, with the large amounts of money available thanks to Charlie Wilson, replaced them with a mix of modern weapons like AK-47s and mortars. [31], The SMLE Mk III* (renamed Rifle No.1 Mk III* in 1926) saw extensive service throughout the Second World War, especially in the North African, Italian, Pacific and Burmese theatres in the hands of British and Commonwealth forces. I (T). 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Explosive bullets were not produced in the UK after 1933 due to the relatively small amount of explosive that could be contained in the bullet, limiting their effectiveness, their role being taken by the use of Mark 6 and 7 incendiary bullets. [43] The L42A1 sniper rifle continued as the British Army's standard sniper weapon being phased out by 1993, and replaced by Accuracy International's L96. Most of the Canadian made No.4 Mk.I* (T) sniper equipments went into British service. 4 Mk 2 rifle, the British refurbished many of their No. It was introduced by the British East India Company, under the Bengal Army. The Enfield Pattern 1853 Rifle-Musket (also known as the Pattern 1853 Enfield, P53 Enfield, and Enfield Rifle-Musket) was a .577 calibre Minié-type muzzle-loading rifle-musket, used by the British Empire from 1853 to 1867, after which many Enfield 1853 Rifle-Muskets were converted to (and replaced in service by) the cartridge-loaded Snider-Enfield rifle. 4 rifle was heavier than the No. Each No. The Mk VIIz (and later Mk VIIIz) rounds have versions utilizing 41 gr (2.66 g) Dupont No. The common rifling twist rate for this cartridge is 254 mm (10.0 in) 10 in), 5 grooves, Ø lands = 7.70 millimetres (0.303 in), Ø grooves = 7.92 millimetres (0.312 in), land width = 2.12 millimetres (0.083 in) and the primer type is Berdan or Boxer (in large rifle size). 32 telescope sight to the left side of the receiver. The Enfield's serial number is PF 317375. Previous conversions to Drill Purpose (DP) of otherwise serviceable rifles were not considered to be sufficiently incapable of restoration to fireable state and were a potential source of reconversion spares. [36] The design was found to be even more complicated and expensive to manufacture than the Mk III and was not developed or issued, beyond a trial production of about 20,000 rifles between 1922 and 1924 at RSAF Enfield.[36]. [74], In the early 1950s Essential Agencies Ltd. [8][9][10] Ballistite was a stick-type smokeless powder composed of soluble nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine. CIA officer Gust Avrakotos later arranged for the Egyptian Ministry of Defence to set up production lines of Enfield .303 ammunition specifically for the conflict. Over time, rimfire cartridges were eventually manufactured for rifles in a range of calibers. RFI, in India, converted a large number of MkIII rifles to single shot muskets, chambered for the .410 Indian Musket cartridge. Early models of the Lee–Metford and Lee–Enfield even used a short length of chain to secure the magazine to the rifle. Minor changes led to the adoption of the MLE Mk I* in 1899 and the MLE Mk I (India Pattern) in 1905. However the .303 round still retains a considerable following as a game cartridge for all game species, especially Sambar deer in wooded country. [30] The magazine cut-off was reinstated after the First World War ended and not entirely dispensed with in manufacturing until 1933 and some rifles with cut-offs remained into the 1960s. [13], During both World Wars and the Korean War, a number of Lee–Enfield rifles were modified for use as sniper rifles. The Howard Francis Self-Loading Carbine was a conversion of a No. The two had identical bullet weights and a "tail-heavy" design, as can be seen in the cut-away diagram. The British adopted the deeper, five-groove Enfield rifling in 1895, and the new rifle was dubbed the Magazine Lee-Enfield Rifle Mk I. The Lee-Enfield No.4 Rifle, officially adopted only when World War 2 had already started, is no exception. In short, the rifle is just termed as P-53 rifle. The Lee–Enfield is a bolt-action, magazine-fed repeating rifle that served as the main firearm used by the military forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century. The rifle has a characteristic "belly" due to a deeper magazine, allowing the rifle to hold six rounds of the US .30-06 cartridge in the magazine, and one in the chamber. James Purdey and Sons fitted special buttstocks later in the war. 4s. Thanks! [13] Lee–Enfield rifles are used by reserve forces and police forces in many Commonwealth countries, including Malawi. Many Mk. In the late 1960s, RSAF Enfield entered the commercial market by producing No.4-based 7.62×51mm rifles for sale. 4 action, but lightened and shortened, chambered in .303 British. 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The .303 British can offer very good penetrating ability due to a fast twist rate that enables it to fire long, heavy bullets with a high sectional density. In any case other bullet weights are available, e.g. [41], Later in the war, the need for a shorter, lighter rifle forced the development of the Rifle, No. Enfield from 1922–1924, with a total production of roughly 20,000 rifles, all of which marked with a "V". The bolt thrust of the .303 British is relatively low compared to many other service rounds used in the early 20th century. Magazine capacity had been increased to 10 rounds. [90] Magazine supply/importation (M14 and AK 10 single stack mag) whilst legal in Australia, it has been spasmodically curtailed by Australian Federal Customs (for more information, see Gun politics in Australia). Loading and Firing the Parker Hale P53 Enfield Rifle Musket with Enfield Paper Cartridge When the new rifled Enfield Pattern 1853 was introduced, it also coincided with the adoption of paper cartridges, that neatly contained a pre-defined charge and ball. 4 action was similar to the No.1 Mk VI but stronger and easier to mass-produce. When this rifle began to be outdated, Enfield began designing once more, this time with a new cartridge of 4.85 mm caliber, ready for the 1978 NATO small arms trials. Commercially produced ammunition is widely available in various full metal jacket bullet, soft point, hollow point, flat-based and boat tail designs—both spitzer and round-nosed. A redesign of the Lee–Metford (adopted by the British Army in 1888), the Lee–Enfield superseded the earlier Martini–Henry, Martini–Enfield, and Lee–Metford rifles. I Target Rifle . The Canadian scopes made by Research Enterprises Limited and were prefixed with a letter C and went through C no. 4 Mk 1 rifles were re-named No. Excellent replica of the originals with great attention to details. About 3,000 rifles, mostly Stevens-Savage, appear to have been partially converted by Holland & Holland but never received brackets, scopes of the final "T" mark. The .303 British case was also used as a parent case for the South African designed 6mm Musgrave cartridge that was billed as a cheap surplus alternative to the popular .243 winchester. Members Profile. 1 Mk V is the rear aperture sight. The stock and fore end was marked with broad white painted bands and the letters "DP" for easy identification. The Indian conversions were originally chambered for the .410 Indian Musket cartridge, which is based on the .303 British cartridge, and will not chamber the common .410 shotgun cartridge. Winning bid: US $29.00 [ 5 bids] Shipping: $6.25 Standard Shipping | See details . In Canada the .303" and .22" models are being phased out [2016]. Brabantia Nostra. [18] In spite of this, the Mk VII bullet was legal due to the full metal jacket used according to the terms of the Hague Convention. Conversion of rifles to smoothbored guns was carried out in several locations, at various times, for varying reasons. Enfield/Tower Rifle; British Snider Enfield Rifles; Whitneyville Plymouth M1861 Rifle; M1863 Zouave Rifle; M1855-M1863 US Springfield Muskets; M1861 Special Musket (Colt,L.G. A new rifle based on the Mauser design was created to fire the round, called the Pattern 1913 Enfield. [16] Some straight-pull bolt-action rifles were thought faster, but lacked the simplicity, reliability, and generous magazine capacity of the Lee–Enfield. The Lee-Enfield was adapted to fire the.303 British service cartridge, a rimmed, high-powered rifle round. Ommundsen, Harcourt, and Robinson, Ernest H., Learn how and when to remove this template message, "History of the .303 British Calibre Service Ammunition Round", ANSI/SAAMI Velocity & Pressure Data: Centerfire Rifle, A Way Forward in Contemporary Understanding of the 1899 Hague Declaration on Expanding Bullets, "The Box O' Truth #37 - the Deadly .303 British and the Box O' Truth", "The .256 Inch British: A Lost Opportunity", The Vickers Machine Gun 1939 Range Tables. Area Code: 936 . I/L bayonet, which has a rotating handle and a large ring on the cross-guard was not for the No. Sterling Armaments of Dagenham, Essex produced a conversion kit comprising a new 7.62mm barrel, magazine, extractor and ejector for commercial sale. The Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle-musket (also known as the Pattern 1853 Enfield, P53 Enfield, and Enfield rifle-musket) was a .577 calibre Minié-type muzzle-loading rifled musket, used by the British Empire from 1853 to 1867; after which many were replaced in service by the cartridge-loaded Snider–Enfield rifle. CIVIL WAR ENFIELD RIFLE .577 CARTRIDGE : Condition:--not specified. 32 telescope progressed through three marks with the Mk. The bayonet is designed for the 1853 3-band Enfield long rifle. Rifle Factory Ishapore of India still manufactures an sporting/hunting rifle chambered in .315 with a Lee–Enfield action. [42], In the years after the Second World War, the British produced the No. III* (HT). I rifles at RSAF Enfield and a few others including Stevens-Savage No. This is an unissued Enfield bolt action rifle chambered for the 303 British round. All sizes in millimeters (mm). 5 Mk. The new rifle also incorporated a charger loading system,[23] another innovation borrowed from the Mauser rifle and is notably different from the fixed "bridge" that later became the standard, being a charger clip (stripper clip) guide on the face of the bolt head. [20] Some of the MLEs (and MLMs) were converted to load from chargers, and designated Charger Loading Lee–Enfields, or CLLEs. Details about CIVIL WAR ENFIELD RIFLE .577 CARTRIDGE See original listing. [10] The Lee bolt-action and 10-round magazine capacity enabled a well-trained rifleman to perform the "mad minute" firing 20 to 30 aimed rounds in 60 seconds, making the Lee–Enfield the fastest military bolt-action rifle of the day. Originally, the concept of a detachable magazine was opposed in some British Army circles, as some feared that the private soldier might be likely to lose the magazine during field campaigns. I blade bayonet which had a large muzzle ring to fit over the flash hider. It might even be successfully argued that the P53 Enfield cartridge is little more than a refinement of the P51 Minié cartridge. For one thing, the M1903 had a sleeker look. Build your own collectors gun!! 9, all .22 rimfire trainers and/or target rifles based on the Lee action, were adopted or in use with Cadet units and target shooters throughout the Commonwealth, the No.8 as of 2017 has been replaced among cadet forces due to obsolescence. They used the rimmed .303 British for decades and it was obsolete by now and had to by replaced. This means that .303 British chambered arms in C.I.P. 6, Mk I[48] was also developed, using an SMLE MK III* as a starting point (as opposed to the No. Police forces in both the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu continue to operate and maintain stocks of No.4 rifles. Eligible for FREE shipping * Cartridge Conversion Sleeve Insert, .308 Win To .32 ACP Rifle, New. This sight, like other aperture sights, proved to be faster and more accurate than the typical mid-barrel open rear sight elements sight lines offered by Mauser, previous Lee–Enfields or the Buffington battle sight of the M1903 Springfield. [21], A shorter and lighter version of the original MLE—the Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee–Enfield or SMLE (sometimes spoken as "Smelly", rather than S, M, L, E)[13]—was introduced on 1 January 1904. [39] Towards the end of the Second World War, a bladed bayonet was developed for the No.5 Mk.I rifle ("Jungle Carbine"). [68] Production of this model was 1944–1946 and a few in 1950 to 1953.[69]. 01827 215222 - Solware Ltd Gun Shop - Unit 1 Tame Valley Business Ctr, Magnus, Tame Valley Ind Est, Wilnecote, Tamworth, Staffs, B77 5BY. 4 Mk. Post-war versions were made that would fit No. Are they decent rifles or better off forgotten? [13] The Canadian Rangers unit still use Enfield rifles, with plans to replace the weapons sometime in 2017–2018 with the new Sako-designed Colt Canada C19. [13][14], In 1898, APX (Atelier de Puteaux), with their "Balle D" design for the 8mm Lebel cartridge, revolutionised bullet design with the introduction of pointed "spitzer" rounds. These design features facilitate rapid cycling and fire compared to other bolt-action designs like the Mauser. Sierra does not advocate use of Matchking brand bullets for hunting applications. The barrel was now halfway in length between the original long rifle and the carbine, at 25.2 inches (640 mm). The current world record for aimed bolt-action fire was set in 1914 by a musketry instructor in the British Army—Sergeant Instructor Snoxall—who placed 38 rounds into a 12-inch-wide (300 mm) target at 300 yards (270 m) in one minute. 4 Mk I* rifles are all stamped "US PROPERTY". [9] Both underwent a minor upgrade series in 1899 (the omission of the cleaning / clearing rod), becoming the Mk I*. Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading, Rifle-Pistol, Third Edition, Hornady Manufacturing Company, 1980, 1985, pp. )[35], The SMLE design was a relatively expensive long arm to manufacture, because of the many forging and machining operations required. But the 1853 Enfield Musket had found its mark. The Rieder Automatic Rifle was an automatic (full automatic only) Lee–Enfield SMLE rifle of South African origin. 1 Mk III pattern rifle. (The standard British .303 Lee-Enfield infantry rifle was below that figure, as are most service rifles to this day. Factories in other countries added greatly to this total.[29]. The No.4 (T) rifles were extensively employed in various conflicts until the late 1960s. During a service life of over 70 years with the British Commonwealth armed forces the .303-inch cartridge in its ball pattern progressed through ten marks which eventually extended to a total of about 26 variations. The .280 was shortly approved for service in the early fifties as 7 mm MK 1 (together with a new rifle the EM 2), but finally it was replaced by the American .30 T65 E3 (later known as the 7.62x51 NATO round). The 1854 Infantry Manual specified that to load, the soldier should bite the end off … [12], To replace the Mk III, IV, and V, the Mark VI round was introduced in 1904, using a round nose bullet similar to the Mk II, but with a thinner jacket designed to produce some expansion, though this proved not to be the case. [43] With the introduction of the No. The Lee action cocked the striker on the closing stroke of the bolt, making the initial opening much faster and easier compared to the "cock on opening" (i.e., the firing pin cocks upon opening the bolt) of th… During the Second World War the German army had developed an intermedium cartridge (the 7.9x33mm kurz) for their assault rifle the mp43. And, many in the military didn’t like it much, preferring the Springfield. 3) in 1944 which had a improved field of view of 8 degrees 30 minutes. Complete set of bayonet, scabbard, and frog for the 1853 3-band Enfield long rifle. Many surplus Lee–Enfield rifles were sold in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States after the Second World War, and a fair number have been 'sporterised', having had the front furniture reduced or removed and a scope fitted so that they resemble a bolt-action sporting rifle. [8], The initial .303 Mark I and Mk II service cartridges employed a 215-grain, round-nosed, copper-nickel full-metal-jacketed bullet with a lead core. The Lee-Enfield bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle was the main firearm used by the military forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century. It was never an official military designation but British and Commonwealth troops serving in the Burmese and Pacific theatres during World War II had been known to unofficially refer to the No. 4 Mk 2 (Arabic numerals replaced Roman numerals in official names in 1944) rifle, a refined and improved No. These unusual rifles have something of a mysterious service history, but represent a missing link in SMLE development. The rifle was also equipped with a detachable sheet-steel, 10-round, double-column magazine, a very modern development in its day. Fixed and adjustable aperture sights incorporated onto later variants, 1930 (trials only; 1,025 produced and leftover parts assembled into rifles early in WWII), 1931–present (2,500 trials examples produced in the 1930s, then mass production from mid-1941 onwards). IV[60] from 1921 onwards. [101] The Tongan security forces also retain a substantial number of No.4 rifles donated from New Zealand's reserve stocks.[101]. It speeded loading, as all you had to do was tear off the top, pour the powder and ball in, and then use the paper as the wad. Experiments with smokeless powder in the existing Lee–Metford cartridge seemed at first to be a simple upgrade, but the greater heat and pressure generated by the new smokeless powder wore away the shallow, rounded, Metford rifling after approximately 6000 rounds. De ransel op de rug deel 2. The 2A/2A1 rifles are not conversions of .303 calibre SMLE Mk III* rifles. The Enfield Rifle is actually called the Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle Musket. [citation needed], Japan produced a number of machine guns that were direct copies of the British Lewis (Japanese Type 92 machine gun) and Vickers machine guns including the ammunition. The concern about expanding bullets was brought up at the 1899 Hague Convention by Swiss and Dutch representatives. The remaining stocks (over 45 million rounds) were used for target practice. 4 marks, in the hope of increasing sales of a rifle that had little U.S. market penetration. Near the end of the war and after, Canada made blued steel buttplates. [13] Lee–Enfield rifles are still popular in the region, despite the presence and ready availability of more modern weapons such as the SKS-45, the AKM, the Chinese Type 56 assault rifle, and the AK-74. Quote Reply Topic: Is it an Enfield? It was then decided that the limit of the effective range was a more realistic proposition at 800 m. The Ishapore 2A and 2A1 rifles are often incorrectly described as ".308 conversions". Loading and Firing the Parker Hale P53 Enfield Rifle Musket with Enfield Paper Cartridge 3 standard) were later modified for use with the 7.62×51mm NATO L42A1 Sniper Rifle. However, when combined with the cordite propellant used in Mk 8 cartridges, which burns at a much higher temperature than nitrocellulose, there is increased barrel erosion. The Holland & Holland conversions usually have the contractor code "S51" on the underside of the buttstock. A rumour spread that the lubricant used was either cow or pig lard, which was repugnant to Hindus or Muslims, respectively.… There are some minor grease marks on the rifle, likely from the factory, shown below. The Rieder device could be installed straight away without the use of tools. Observed examples are dated 1931 and 1933. The construction and characteristics of the rifle and cartridge thus became of considerable practical interest. 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