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went through many changes for ease of
manufacture, and finally came out in
1939 as the No. 4 Mark I SMLE (Short
Magazine Lee Enfield), which had a
heavier 25-inch barrel, and a stronger,
but simpler, action with a change in
the charging slot. The useless magazine
cut-off was done away with, and the
removable bolt head was made smaller
and produced in four different sizes for
ease of headspacing purposes.
The open rear sight on the barrel
was dispensed for apertures located on
the rear of the receiver. These came in
four types: a Vernier with micrometer
adjustments out to 1,300 yards; two
simpler Verniers with sliding springloaded bars with 100-yard markings
out to 1,300 yards; and a real simple
flip-type sight that had only two
apertures - one for 300 and 600 yards
(shots anywhere between needed good
guesswork).
If windage adjustment was needed,
then the front sight, protected by
ears, would be drifted as necessary for
zeroing.
There also was the No. 5 jungle
carbine that had a
lighter action and a
20-inch barrel with
a flash suppressor.
As easy as this
was to carry and
handle in thick
cover, it had a
reputation for a
wandering zero,
and manufacturing
ceased in 1947.
The last model
worth mentioning
is the No. 4 MK I
Lee Enfield No. 4 MK I SMLE action. Note the 10-round
detachable/rechargeable magazine, which gained fame as the (T) Sniper Rifle.
These were
fastest operating bolt-action in history.
a simple blade-type that rises as it is
pushed forward.
The Lee Enfield gained fame as the
fastest operating bolt-action in history
and can lay down quite a barrage with
that 10-round magazine.
The .303 British cartridge was
initially loaded with 70 grains of black
powder, which threw a 215-grain
.312-caliber bullet at under 2,000 fps.
The development of smokeless powder
(stick corodite) raised the velocity to
2,100 fps.
As the velocity was raised so was
the pressure, and the Lee Enfield was
redesigned to handle that increase.
The action remained basically the
same with minor changes to strengthen
it, as well as to the striker/firing pin,
and the barrel went to five squared
grooves with deeper rifling.
Around 1910, the 215-grain roundnose bullet went the way of the dodo
and the 174-grain spitzer, traveling
at around 2,500 fps, was adopted for
longer range and better accuracy.
As time went on, and without going
into its entire history, the Lee Enfield

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