(Short Magazine Lee Enfield)

Rifle Nº 1, Mks III and III*


Length: 3 ft. 8½ ins.
Length with bayonet: 5 ft. 1½ ins.
Weight: 8 lbs. 10½ ozs.
Weight with bayonet: 9 lbs. 11½ ozs.
Barrel: 2 ft. 1 in.
Calibre: .303 in.
Operation: Bolt
Feed: magazine, 10 round box
Range of sights: 200 to 2,000 yds.

The SMLE was the primary weapon of the British Army throughout WWI and the inter-war period. It was used by the regular army in various theatres during WWII, being superseded by the Nº4 rifle. The Nº4 was, in essence, a refinement of the SMLE. As the Nº4 was not (under normal circumstances) issued to the Home Guard, it is not included in this site.