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Rifle

London Small Arms Company

Category

Arms and armour

Date

Unknown

Materials

steel, wood, brass

Measurements

1062 mm (Height)

Place of origin

London

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Collection

Bateman's, East Sussex (Accredited Museum)

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NT 760470

Summary

Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) Mark III breech-loading bolt-action magazine military rifle, made London Small Arms Company.

Full description

Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) Mark III breech-loading bolt-action magazine military rifle, made London Small Arms Company (fl. C1864 – 1925). This model was introduced by the British Army in 1907 and was superseded in 1915. On the left side of the rifle is a 2-piece long range volley sight in the form of a dial with a revolving pointer and a folding aperture sight. The intent of these sights was to allow British soldiers to engage the enemy at a great distance up to 2800-2900 yards. However, by late 1915 they were deemed obsolete and removed from subsequent models of the SMLE. The initials JK painted in red on the stock behind the bolt assembly indicate that this rifle belonged to John (Jack) Kipling (1897 -1915). Round steel rifled barrel, with shielded blade foresight and adjustable rear sight (calibrated from 2 to 20). Stamped on the breech the markings, SALE PERMIT around a Crown. Detachable forestock and upper handguards cover the entire barrel, these retained by screw fixings, a central steel band with sling swivel and a nose-cap incorporating a sight protector and a bayonet mounting bar. Length 64cm. Calibre 7.7mm (.303 inch). Wooden butt formed with a pistol grip and fitted with a steel sling swivel. Butt inset with plain brass roundel. Wooden forestock and detachable wooden hand guards to top of barrel. Brass butt-plate with hinged trap, containing brass oil bottle with screw top and dipper. Left side of stock fitted with 2-piece volley sight, the rear part formed as a folding bar with peep-sight; the forward part with a pivoting marker and calibrated dial. Steel receiver, the top stamped with the markings, SALE PERMIT around a Crown; also a London view mark; the right side of the receiver stamped with serial number L5371. Bolt missing. Pivoting magazine cut-off. Magazine missing. Steel trigger guard with magazine release lever. Right side of receiver ring stamped L.S.A. Co. Ltd., SHT LE III. Overall length: 112.8cm

Marks and inscriptions

Barrel breech: Sale Permit with crown mark Butt of stock: initial in red paint JK Right side of receiver ring stamped : L.S.A. Co. Ltd., SHT LE III.

Makers and roles

London Small Arms Company , gunmakers

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