Allied WW II Rifles

SMLE No. 4 Mk 1*     MAS 36    

The allies used a variety of rifles in WW II ranging from bolt action designs based upon WW I weapons, to semi-automatic designs developed just before and during the war.  Though each nation fielded unique rounds, all major designs were close to .30" in caliber.  The standard rifles of the Allies for WW II were as follows:


  • MAS 36 - Bolt Action Rifle - 7.5mm French Caliber.


  • M1891/30 Mosin Nagant - Bolt Action Rifle - 7.62x54R mm Caliber.
  • M1944 Mosin Nagant - Bolt Action Carbine - 7.62x54R mm Caliber.
  • SVT44 - Semi-Automatic Rifle - 7.62x54R mm Caliber.

Great Britain and Commonwealth Countries (primarily Australia, Britain, Canada, India, and South Africa)

  • SMLE Mk III - Bolt Action Rifle - .303" Caliber.
  • SMLE No. 4 Mk 1 - Bolt Action Rifle - .303" Caliber.
  • SMLE No. 5 Mk 1 - Bolt Action Jungle Carbine - .303" Caliber.

United States

  • M1903A3 - Bolt Action Rifle - .30"-06 Caliber.
  • M1 Garand - Semi-Automatic Rifle - .30"-06 Caliber.
  • M1 Carbine - Semi-Automatic Carbine - .30" Carbine Caliber.


A British SMLE No. 4 Mk1* Rifle.

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