|PRICE:||R 4,000.00 Incl. VAT|
|CONDITION||Fair to good used condition|
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.
This rifle is in fair to good, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
There is some light wear and discolouration to the overall finish and all metal parts, but no visible corrosion or damage.
There are also very few extremely light scratches in places, like on trigger guard, but nothing very significant.
The black synthetic stock is still in excellent condition with no scratches or marks.
It is fitted with a Bushnell Banner 3-9x40mm scope, which is still in very good condition.
This firearm is suitable for medium and big game hunting.