Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I .303 rifle

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Overview

The Lee Enfield Rifle, No. 4 Mk I was a bolt action rifle chambered for the .303 British cartridge. Featuring a 10 round detachable box magazine, it replaced the SMLE rifle and was first issued in 1939 but not officially adopted until 1941. The No. 4 action was similar to its predecessor the the Mk VI, but lighter, stronger and most importantly, easier to mass produce.

During the course of the war the No. 4 was further simplified for ease of mass production and had a spike bayonet designed for it, known as a ‘pigsticker‘ by the soldiers.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for World War II British and Commonwealth forces, 1935 to 1945. Some were license built in Canada, and the No. 4 continued in service with the British army through the Korean war (1950-1953) until being replaced by the FN FAL (L1A1 SLR – Self Loading Rifle) in 1957, but numbers of No. 4s stayed on in service for ceremonial duties etc, well into the 1960s.

Foxtrot example shown here is a Lee Enfield No 4, Mk I rifle chambered in .303, it has an oil finished wood stock and is in a military phosphate finish.