LEE-ENFIELD Sporterized

PRICE: R 3,000.00 Incl. VAT
REFERENCE NUMBER: 1423

FEATURES:

MAKE Lee-Enfield
MODEL SMLE
CALIBER .303 British
ACTION Bolt-Action
CAPACITY 10+1
CONDITION Good used condition

Item Description

FIREARM HISTORY AND FEATURES:

The Lee–Enfield is a bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle that served as the main firearm used by the military forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century.
It was the British Army’s standard rifle from its official adoption in 1895 until 1957.
The WWI versions are often referred to as the “SMLE”, which is short for the common “Short, Magazine, Lee–Enfield” variant.

The Lee–Enfield was the standard issue weapon to rifle companies of the British Army and other Commonwealth nations in both the First and Second World Wars (these Commonwealth nations included Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and South Africa, among others).
As a standard-issue infantry rifle, it is still found in service in the armed forces of some Commonwealth nations, notably with the Bangladesh Police, which makes it the second longest-serving military bolt-action rifle still in official service, after the Mosin–Nagant.

During this long service life there have been many different variants and Marks of this rifle, however all version were chambered  to fire the .303 British (or 7.7×56mmR) service cartridge, a rimmed, high-powered rifle round.

Total production of all Lee–Enfields is estimated at over 17 million rifles, with many still available today on the second-hand market..
Many Lee-Enfield rifles have been sporterized, like this example, where they are set into modern, sporting rifle stocks and fitted with scopes to be used for hunting and sport shooting.

FIREARM CONDITION:

This rifle is in good to very good, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
I cannot tell if it still has the original, military finish, or if it has been reparkerized, but it has that matte grey, military-style finish.
The overall finish is very good to excellent, except for two small patchs of wear on the top of the barrel, just behind the rear sight.
The wooden stock is in excellent condition with no discernible scratches or dents, and the recoil pad looks brand new.
It includes a fitted scope mount and rings.

FIREARM SUITABILITY:

This firearm is suitable for medium and big game hunting.

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