Enfield Number l Mklll manufactured in 1912 at the Enfield lock factory.
Lovely walnut finish Ten round magizine. Magizine cut off as standard. Great bore. Standard butt fitted.
A very good, early Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle chambered in .303. These rifles are instantly recognisable for their classic blunt nosed profile.. Although produced in huge quantities not an awful lot of the early unconverted examples still exist or are even usable, as this one is. On RHS of the wrist are fine markings giving a clear date of production, reading from the top as follows;
”The Kings crown / G.R / ENFIELD / 1912 /SHT L.E. / III
The ER refers to Edward VII who was king from 1901 to 1910 – it is therefor reasonable to assume that this rifle was produced sometime between January and May 1910 as Edward departed this mortal coil in May of that year.
The rifle measures 44.1/2″ in length. The round barrel is 25.1/8″ long and the trigger pull is 13.1/2″ long. On removal of the rear hand guard during stripping and cleaning is was found that the rifle has a new South African barrel.
The rear sight is graduated from 200 to 2000 yards and is equipped with windage adjustment. The reverse face of the rear sight has a cleverly cross-hatched surface and vertical central line to aid with aim and cut down the glare. This kind of detail was not to be included on military arms from this period henceforth.
The rear sight protectors are the correct dished type. This SMLE has a standard detachable 10 shot magazine and two sling swivels and a stacking swivel. Bayonet fitting on the underside of the front cap which has the sight protector ears on top
This is a rare opportunity to own an early SMLE, with a very good, new South African barrel to assure good results on the range. A piece of solidly built British Edwardian history. Who could have guessed what horrors were about to engulf the world, and what part of that hell would this rifle would pass through. All you can do now is look after it – after all, it has survived thus far, which in itself, is quite an achievement