Here is a British Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) .303 British calibre military rifle in very good condition.
Introduced in 1907, the SMLE MARK III (later designated the “No. 1, Mark III after the British changed their rifle nomenclature system in 1926) was the primary service rifle of the entire British Commonwealth through WWI until it was replaced toward the end of WWII. One of the most significant military rifles in history, the old MARK III was in constant production for over 60 years with some 7 million built through 1968 and even possibly later and is still in use even today in some areas around the world. Probably the reason for the rifle’s extraordinary longevity is that it is simply an incredibly good rifle. Extremely rugged and reliable in even the worst field conditions, the Mark III was capable of very good accuracy and probably the fastest rate of aimed fire of any bolt action military rifle. The latter was the result of a more conveniently located bolt handle, a much shorter bolt lift and bolt throw than other military bolt actions, and its 10-round magazine. Of all the smokeless powder bolt action military rifles, no other combines the degree of historical signifance and excellence of performance of the Mark III SMLE (credit Chuck Karwan).
This rifle was made during WWI in 1916 and still has most or all of its original parts (the sling is not original). The bore is good with reasonable rifling, the headspace is right on and the bolt shows the wear that comes from being fired. The serial number on the bolt is two digits different than the receiver. This proud lady has seen some action and deserves a home where she will be appreciated for her accomplishments and place in history.
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You are bidding on a historical Lee-Enfield SMLE Mark III rifle in very good condition. Buyer pays shipping. Payment can be Money Order, Cashiers Check or Personal Check, which must clear before shipping (allow 10 days). We will ship the rifle only to an FFL dealer or C&R collector. Shipping is by UPS or other carrier selected by the seller. Estimated cost for packing, shipping and insurance in the lower 48 states is $33.00 to $42.00 depending on your location and insured value.
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