Royal Armouries

No.4 Mk1

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Skeletonised No.4 Mk1 rifle

No.4 Mk1 rifle - Skeletonised to reveal inner mechanism.

  • Skeletonised No.4 Mk1 rifle

    No.4 Mk1 rifle - Skeletonised to reveal inner mechanism.

Date: 1940 | Object number: PR.5899

No.4 Mk1

Description

Collection no: PR.5899
Country: Britain
Date: 1940
Calibre: .303 in
Barrel length: 635 mm
Overall length: 780 mm

The Lee-Enfield .303 rifle was designed in the Victorian era and went on to arm the majority of British soldiers in both World Wars.

It proved to be reliable and effective under the full range of battlefield conditions. It was kept in service as a sniper rifle until 1992, and is still used today by some security forces and civilian shooters around the world.

The Enfield was both accurate and fast-firing for a single-shot weapon. Skilled shooters were able to fire over 30 aimed shots per minute, a rate of fire only improved upon by the adoption of self-loading rifles.

This example is a No.4, easily distinguished from the better-known SMLE by the short length of barrel protruding from the woodwork at the muzzle.

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