SMLE No. 4 Mk 1*


SMLE stood for Short Magazine Lee Enfield and the SMLE No. 4 Mk 1* was a variant of the primary British SMLE version of WW II, the No. 4 Mk 1.


British SMLE No. 4 Mk 1* with WW II era canvas sling.

Along with the Springfield 03, Mauser 98, and Mosin Nagant 91, the SMLE was another bolt action design that served in both WWI and WWII.  The No.4 Mk 1 was developed in 1941 as an improvement of the SMLE Mk III of WWI.  This design and a minor mod the No.4 Mk II was manufactured well into the 1950s in India.  The designation No.4 Mk I* refers to rifles manufactured for Great Britain in the U.S. and Canada during WWII.

The SMLE has a reputation for having one of the fastest bolt actions and, as with all bolt action designs dating back to WWI, it is very accurate.  It even served as the basis for the best sniper rifle of WWII, the No.4 Mk I (T).

Caliber - .303”.

Receiver - Milled with several marks depending upon factory and country of manufacture and arsenal refitting.

Bolt - Blackened with a straight handle.

Barrel - 25.19”.  

Overall Length - 44.5”.

Weight - 8.8 lbs.

Stocks - Wood.

Magazines - 10 rd detachable box.

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