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Lee Enfield No1 MK6

Forums about and for the Lee Enfield .303 rifle.

British Gun Pub; http://forums.gunboards.com/forumdisplay.php?56-British-Gun-Pub …… Well known as a founding Lee Enfield forum.

Cal Guns.net; http://www.calguns.net/ …… California based forums, C&R’s for sale incl. Lee Enfield rifles and parts.

Culver’s Jouster http://www.jouster.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?8-SMLE-(Lee-Enfield) ……. Long established and active Lee Enfield rifles forum.

Canadian Gun Nutz ; http://www.canadiangunnutz.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=75 …… Awesome, large Lee Enfield forum.

Enfield rifles.com. http://www.enfield-rifles.com/default.asp …… Various forums incl. Lee Enfield.

Firearms Forum; http://thefirearmsforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=14  …… C& R rifles forum including Lee Enfield.

The Full Bore Forum http://www.full-bore.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=29 ….. A large caliber shooters forum that often has Enfield posts and discussion. UK

Gun Smithing Forum; http://www.milsurps.com/forumdisplay.php?f=32  ……. One of Milsurp forums usual excellent forums. US

Gun Restoring Forum; http://www.milsurps.com/forumdisplay.php?f=96  ……. Milsurps forum for restoring C&R rifles including Lee Enfield. US

Gunboards.com http://forums.gunboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=55 …… Lee Enfield Forum

Gun and Game; http://www.gunandgame.com/forums/enfield-rifles/ ……. Lee Enfield rifle Forum

The Guns Network LLC; http://www.gunsnet.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=355 …… Lee Enfield Rifles Forum

Milsurp.com; http://www.milsurps.com/ …… A great Lee Enfield forum with considerable depth of experienced posters, plus their  ‘Knowledge Library ‘, great for research,  has classifieds for guns and parts.

Surplus Rifle Forum; http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/viewforum.php?f=27 …….. Lee Enfield forum with Jungle carbine serial numbers poll.

Lee Enfield rifle survivor polls

Enfield No1, incl *** …… Not known.

No1 mK3, smle; ……. Not known.

No1 mk3 HT, sniper; ……. http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=728

No1 mkV, trials type; ….. http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=746

No1 mkV1, trials type; ……. http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=19000

No4 mk1; Longbranch; ……. http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=12048

No4 mk1, Savage; ……. http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=735

No4 mk1 T, sniper; ……. not known.

No4 mk2 ……. Not known.

No5 mk1, jungle carbine; …… http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=52472

L42, Enforcer, Envoy and L39 ……. http://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=6159 …….. Have your serial number researched by a fellow enthusiast with access to data.

Envoy …… http://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=41773 …… more info 2012

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Reprinted from All About Enfields.co.nz – Click here for more: Lee Enfield No1 Mk6

Early in 1926, 6 prototypes of the MkVI rifle were set up for trials.In these trials there were several critical elements that were being  paid close attention to.

These included the strengthening and streamlining of  the body of the receiver, allowing a faster more efficiently produced rifle to be made . The stiffening of the barrel construction, the barrel weighing slightly more with the addition of bayonet lugs and the effects of this. The bolt design even got the once over. The front and rear sights were also the focus of some very clever re-working, it saw the foresight housed and protected within its own block, whilst the rear sight being well moved rearward to increase the sight plane. The rear sight being housed in a similar fashion to that of the No3 or Pattern 14.

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However as with all trial rifles there were teething issues, these ranged from the oiler bottles falling out of the butts when the rifle experienced vigorous movement through to an initial problem with stocking of the woods with regards to accuracy and the change in POI when a bayonet was attached and concerns around the rear site.
These  matters were reworked and largely overcome.
The following years saw further barrel tests as well as  other changes made. By 1931 around 1000 rifles were being trialled by an Infantry Battalion and a Cavalry Regiment. The overall response and result was that of a higher standard of marksmanship was being achieved, it was looking like a success.
A further set of tests were carried out again in 1935 and again the resulting heavier barrels and stocking had further enhanced the accuracy of the rifle. The one down side was a nagging issue with the bayonet, however these accuracy issues were far less comparable than those of the No1MkIII.

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On the 15th November 1939 official approval was given for the manufacture and production of the No4Mk1 rifle.
The No4 represented years of trials and upgrades, it was both an attempt at upon improving the SMLE with the ability to mass produce. It was to become the main service rifle for British forces  of World War two, ironically however, not made at the great Enfield factory.
So what happened to the trials rifle…… they were re serialed, restocked and issued.

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In the following pages under the Lee Enfield No4 banner, I will outline and describe  the other variations and  ensure that there are plenty of images in which to compare and reference from.
Interesting fact, that larger numbers of the No4 were made overseas than in England! Mind you with the ability to purchase lend lease items from the USA and having factories far removed from the bombing raids in Canada  made perfectly good sence.

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With World War Two on the horizon, two new factories were built to manufacture the No4, These Royal Ordnance Factories were established at Fazakerley and Maltby.
Specifications of the  No4
Calibre                       .303
Rifling and Twist       5  and 2 Groove left hand
Barrel Lenght             25.2 inch or 640mm
Total Length              44.5 inch or 1130mm
Weight                        8lb 11oz or 3.9kg
Magazine                    10 round

 

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