What is a Lithgow Smle?
Lithgow was the only factory in the British Commonwealth to make the heavy barrel for the SMLE. The rifles were designated Rifle No. 1 MkIII* H for the open-sighted version and Rifle No. 1 MkIII* HT for the true sniper version which was introduced towards the end of World War II.
How old is a 303 British?
303-inch (7.7 mm) calibre (with the bore diameter measured between the lands as is common practice in Europe) rimmed rifle cartridge. It was first developed in Britain as a black powder round put into service in December 1888 for the Lee–Metford rifle. In 1891 the cartridge was adapted to use smokeless powder.
What is a Long Branch Enfield?
at Long Branch was responsible for the production of Lee Enfield-pattern rifles for the Canadian military, and Sten submachine guns for the Canadian, British, and Chinese militaries. …
Where is the serial number on a Lithgow SMLE?
The magazine platform and platform spring are missing. The receiver is marked, ‘MA LITHGOW SMLE III* 1941’ below the bolt arm with the serial number marked on the right side of the breech ring. The left side of the breech ring is marked with the Lithgow proof mark which is a crown over crossed flags and the letters ‘L’ and ‘P’.
Is the Lithgow SMLE still in the factory?
The original factory finish is still intact on this SMLE but shows a nice patina and some very small areas of high edge wear that you would expect on an issued but not abused military rifle.
Is the Lithgow SMLE III a good rifle?
The bore in this Lithgow is pretty good, the rifling is still very prominent with sharp lands and grooves but shows just a little bit of scattered frost (very light pitting). It should be excellent at the range if the new owner chooses to shoot it.
When was the Lithgow Lee Enfield III made?
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns. This is a beautiful example of a 1941 Lithgow Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) III*. Built during WW2 in 1941 as a main battle rifle for the Australian troops, this rifle was built early enough to see 3 to 4 years of combat.