just received a small shipment of the Enfield No1 MK3 rifles. These beautiful
rifles come straight out of Ethiopia. The condition of the rifles is NRA good
to very good. Many of the rifles have its original finish. Some rifles may have
a cracked hand guards behind or in front of the rear sight. But not all of them
do. The guns do have dents and dings in the stock as can clearly be seen in the
pictures and videos. All guns have been tested and are safe to shoot. We have seen rifles as early as 1913 and late as 1943.
We do have a hand select option available for an additional $100.00. We will select the best rifle out of 20 for you.
you have any questions please call us and we will be more than happy to answer
any of your questions or concerns.
taken from Wikipedia.
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. It was the British Army's standard
rifle from its official adoption in 1895 until 1957. The WWI versions
are often referred to as the "SMLE", which is short for the common
"Short, Magazine, Lee–Enfield" variant.
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British Army in 1888), the Lee–Enfield superseded the earlier Martini–Henry,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. It featured a ten-round box magazine
which was loaded with the .303 British cartridge manually from the top, either
one round at a time or by means of five-round chargers. The Lee–Enfield was the
standard issue weapon to rifle companies of the British Army and other
Commonwealth nations in both the First and Second World Wars (these
Commonwealth nations included Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and South
Africa, among others). Although officially replaced in the UK with the L1A1
SLR in 1957, it remained in widespread British service until the
early/mid-1960s and the 7.62 mm L42A1 sniper variant remained in service until
the 1990s. As a standard-issue infantry rifle, it is still found in service in
the armed forces of some Commonwealth nations, notably with the Bangladesh
Police, which makes it the second longest-serving military bolt-action rifle
still in official service, after the Mosin–Nagant (Mosin-Nagant receivers are
used in the Finnish 7.62 Tkiv 85). 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. Total production of all Lee–Enfields
is estimated at over 17 million rifles.
Lee–Enfield takes its name from the designer of the rifle's bolt system—James
Paris Lee—and the factory in which it was designed—the Royal Small Arms Factory
Lee–Enfield rifle was derived from the earlier Lee–Metford, a mechanically
similar black-powder rifle, which combined James Paris Lee's rear-locking bolt
system that had a barrel featuring rifling designed by William Ellis Metford.
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 the Mauser
Gewehr 98 design. The bolt has a relatively short bolt throw and features
rear-mounted lugs and the bolt operating handle places the bolt knob just
rearwards of the trigger at a favourable ergonomic position close to the
operator's hand. The action features helical locking surfaces (the technical
term is interrupted threading). This means that final head space is not
achieved until the bolt handle is turned down all the way. The British probably
used helical locking lugs to allow for chambering imperfect or dirty ammunition
and that the closing cam action is distributed over the entire mating faces of
both bolt and receiver lugs. This is one reason the bolt closure feels smooth.
The rifle was also equipped with a detachable sheet-steel, 10-round,
double-column magazine, a very modern development in its 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. Early models of the Lee–Metford and Lee–Enfield even
used a short length of chain to secure the magazine to the rifle. To
further facilitate rapid aimed fire the rifle can be cycled by most riflemen
without loss of sight picture.
design features facilitate rapid cycling and fire compared to other bolt-action
designs like the Mauser. 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. 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. Some straight-pull bolt-action rifles were
thought faster, but lacked the simplicity, reliability, and generous magazine
capacity of the Lee–Enfield. Several First World War accounts tell of British
troops repelling German attackers who subsequently reported that they had
encountered machine guns, when in fact it was simply a group of well-trained
riflemen armed with SMLE Mk III rifles.
Mk VII .303-inch cartridge for Lee–Enfield rifle
Lee–Enfield was adapted to fire the .303 British service cartridge, a rimmed,
high-powered rifle round. 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. Replacing this
with a new square-shaped rifling system designed at the Royal Small Arms
Factory (RSAF) Enfield solved the problem, and the Lee–Enfield was born.
Magazine Lee–Enfield Mk I
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)—was introduced on 1 January 1904. The barrel was now halfway in
length between the original long rifle and the carbine, at 25.2 inches (640
mm). 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. The new rifle also incorporated a
charger loading system, 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. 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.