Specifications for the
Bolt-Action, Magazine-Fed, Repeating
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Royal Small Arms Factory; Birmingham Small Arms; London Small Arms; Royal Ordnance Factory - UK / Lithgow Small Arms - Aus / Ishapore Rifle Factory - India / Longbranch Arsenal - Canada / Savage Arms - USA / Pakistan Ordnance Factories - Pak
Initial Year of Service: 1895
Overall Length: 1130 mm (44.49 in)
Barrel Length: 635.00 mm (25.00 in)
Weight (Empty): 8.82 lb (4.00 kg)
Caliber: .303 MK VII SAA Ball
Feed: 10-round detachable box
Muzzle Velocity: 2,441 ft/sec (744 m/sec)
Rate-of-Fire: 20 rounds per minute
Range: 1,640 ft (500 m; 547 yds)
Sights: Sliding Ramp Rear; Fixed Post Front; Telescopic Sights Optional
.303 calibre, Rifle, Magazine, Lee-Enfield (Magazine Lee-Enfield/MLE) - Production beginning 1895; initial production rifle model; 767mm barrel length.
Lee-Enfield Cavalry Carbine Mk I (LEC) - Shortened MLE rifle with 538mm barrel length; production beginning 1896.
Charger Loading Lee-Enfield (CLLE) - Production beginning 1906; MLE and MLM rifles converted to charger loading.
Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield Mk I (SMLE Mk I) - Production beginning 1904; shortened barrel; charger loading system.
Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield Mk II (SMLE Mk II) - Production beginning 1906.
Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield Mk III (SMLE Mk III) - Production beginning 1907; Sword Bayonet; revised rear sight; fixed charger guide; revised magazine and hand guard; chambered for Mk VII High Velocity Spitzer .303 cartridge.
Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield Mk III* (SMLE Mk III*) - Revised SMLE Mk III models for cost-effective mass-production; appearing in 1915.
Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield Mk V (SMLE Mk V) - Production beginning 1922; new sighting system mounted on receiver aperture; improved accuracy; later becoming the Rifle, No. 1, Mk V.
Rifle, No. 1, Mk III - SMLE Mk III rifle redesignation
Rifle, No. 1, Mk III* - SMLE Mk III* rifle redesignation in 1926
Rifle, No. 1, Mk V - Redesignation of SMLE Mk V rifles; 20,000 production examples.
Rifle, No. 1, Mk VI - Heavy Floating Barrel; 1,025 examples produced beginning in 1930.
Rifle, No. 2 - MK III and Mk III* rifles converted to .22 rimfire trainers.
Rifle, No. 4, Mk I - Production beginning 1941; heavier barrel; redesigned spike bayonet eventually updated to bladed type.
Rifle, No. 4, Mk I* - Revised Rifle, No. 4, Mk I models for cost-effective mass-production.
Rifle, No. 4, Mk I (T) - British sniper models converted from standard No. 4 Mk I rifles; wooden cheek-piece; telescopic sight mounts for No. 32 3.5x telescopic sight.
Rifle, No. 4, Mk 2 - Production beginning 1949; improved standardized post-war No. 4 rifles; Arabic numbers now replacing Roman numeral naming convention in the series.
Rifle, No. 4, Mk I/2 - No. 4 Mk I rifles upgraded to Rifle, No. 4, Mk 2 standard.
Rifle, No. 4, Mk I/3 - No. 4 Mk I* rifles upgraded to Rifle, No. 4, Mk 2 standard.
Rifle, No. 5, Mk I "Jungle Carbine" - Production beginning 1944; shortened stock and integrated flash suppressor; revised receiver.
Rifle, No. 6, Mk I "Jungle Carbine" - Experimental Australian Army Jungle Carbine based on SMLE Mk III rifles; limited quantity production.
Rifle, No. 7
Rifle, No. 8
Rifle, No. 9
Rifle, 7.62mm 2A - Production beginning 1964 by Ishapore; based on SMLE Mk III; chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge; new barrel and redesigned extractor.
Rifle, 7.62mm 2A1 - Production beginning 1965 by Ishapore; chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge; revised sights.
L8 - Redesignated Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifles chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge; new barrel and magazine.
SMLE No1 Mk III (HT) - Australian Army sniper conversion models; Pattern 1918 telescope; cheek-piece; heavy target barrel; 1,612 Lithgow SMLE No1 Mk III rifles modified as such.
.22 Pattern 1914 Short Rifle / Rifle, No. 2, Mk IV - .22 caliber training rifles converted from Magazine Lee-Metford and Magazine Lee-Enfield rifles.
Charlton Automatic Rifle - Semi-Automatic Loading
De Lisle Commando Carbine - Special Operations model chambered for .45 ACP cartridge; shortened barrel; sound suppressor.
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