British Enfield Rifles, Vol. 1, SMLE (No.1) Mk I and Mk III (Internet Workshop Series) Paperback – May 1, 2009
The SMLE underwent many changes during its years of production in dozens of factories and arsenals in Great Britain, Canada, India, Australia and South Africa. Determining where a particular SMLE was made is often subordinate to attempting to figure out which model and variation of rifle one has. The British developed a very systematic way of accounting for models and design changes but one which can be quite puzzling. Briefly, models are "marks," abbreviated, "Mk." Major changes to that model, or mark, are listed by Roman numerals, i.e., SMLE Mk I or Mk III. Minor changes to that model are listed by the addition on an asterisk, "*". In the mid-1930s, a new system of model designation was introduced. The SMLE Mk III became the "No. 1 (but of course, the rifles, all made before the change continued to carry the original designation stamped into the receiver). After India achieved Independence in 1947, they continued to follow the British marking system, but with codes and specific to their needs.
The next step is determining which factory made the rifle's receiver (after seventy some years of use there are very few rifles without one or more replacement parts). The factory name or abbreviation was often stamped on the receiver but may have been obscured by use. Other markings and indicators though are always present if you know what to look for. The same holds true for virtually every part. And since parts for the SMLE are in plentiful supply, returning a rifle to its original factory condition can almost always be accomplished.
In addition to manufacturer's markings, British armorers and "storekeepers" (ordnance types) stamped the SMLE with a profusion of markings that when translated can often provide a pretty thorough history of the rifle's use, right down to the units in which it served. And finally, while the SMLE is a rugged battle rifle, well tested over the years, parts still do break. It is essential to know the model and variation of your rifle in order to replace the part correctly.
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Collectors and shooters will find all the information needed to understand the origins of this fine military rifle, determine its duty stations in many instances and assemble, disassemble (no mean trick) and maintain it in this book.
- Publisher : North Cape PublicationsÂ®, Inc.; 1st edition (May 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 162 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1882391160
- ISBN-13 : 978-1882391165
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall quite happy with the book--hits the mark as a basic primer; and shows an astounding variety of markings and other variations throughout the parts list for these neat weapons of history. Good value for the buck--buy it.
This book represents the perfect complement to a Lee-Enfield rifle, especially for those looking for technical information without wading through hundreds of pages or skimming through anecdotes and stories. Those looking for history, stories, or insane levels of depth should look for other books, though.