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WWII LEE ENFIELD No 4 Mk2 RIFLE, 1945
The No4 Enfield rifle originally the No1 Mk6 renamed the No4, replaced the SMLE No1 Mk3 during WW11.
As a standard-issue infantry rifle, it remained in British service well into the early 1960s and is still found in service in the armed forces of some Commonwealth Nations.
The Lee-Enfield was chambered for the .303 British cartridge, and featured a ten-round box magazine which was loaded manually from the top, either one round at a time, or by means of five-round chargers. The Lee-Enfield series superseded the earlier Martini-Henry, Martini-Enfield, and Lee-Metford rifles, and although officially replaced in the UK with the L1A1 SLR in 1957, it continues to see official service in a number of British Commonwealth nations to the present day,notably with the Indian Police,and is the longest-serving military bolt-action rifle still in official service.
The rifle shown is a No4 Mk2 April 1950 made at Fazakerley Liverpool.
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- There was also a "short" version, lighter and with a partially exposed barrel incorporating a flash eliminator that was issued for use in the Malayan campaign of the 1950's.
.......... Colin Bowles (Formerlly 22952096 Spr, 11 Ind Fld Sqn, RE, Malaya 1955/6), Luton, Bedfordshire, UK, 7th of April 2016