British army Lee Enfield no.4 and no.5 rifles
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This is a presentation delivered to a monthly meeting of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association (HBSA) of Great Britain in London, UK. Website: www.hbsa-uk.org by Tony Edwards ...

This is a presentation delivered to a monthly meeting of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association (HBSA) of Great Britain in London, UK. Website: www.hbsa-uk.org by Tony Edwards
SMLE Mark III 1907, SMLE Mark III* 1916, SMLE Matk V 1922, Rifle No.1 Mark VI 1929, Rifle No.4 1933, troop trials, ROF Fazakerley, ROF Maltby, US Savage Arms, J Stevens Chicopee Falls, Canada Small Arms Ltd, Canadian Arsenals Ltd, No.4 Mark 1 1939, Rifle No.4 Mark 1*, Rifle No.4 Mark 2 1949, Rifle No.4 Mark 1/2 1949, Rifle No.4 Mark 1/3 1949, Rifle No.4(T), Rifle No.7 Mark 1 , Rifle C No.7 Mark 1, Rifle No.9 Mark 1, Rifle No.5 Mark 1, experimental Rifle No.6, proposed Rifle No.5 Mark 2, No.5 Take-down, 7.92mm Kurz Rifle No.5, Rifle .22" No8, 7.62 series rifles, L8A1, L8A2, L8A3, L8A4, L39A1, L42A1, L59A1 DP rifle
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British army Lee Enfield no.4 and no.5 rifles Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The No.4 and No.5 Rifles Tony Edwards HBSA February 2012
  • 2. SMLE Mark III January 1907 Loc 13853
  • 3. SMLE Mark III* January 1916 LoC 17622 (Production commenced late 1915) Omitted: Long Range sights Windage adjustment Magazine cut-off Lug on firing pin collar Swivel lug in front of magazine
  • 4. Rifle Stocks in 1924 SMLE Mk.I & Conv. SMLE Mk.III SMLE Mk.III* 91,118 252,998 1,333,865 Nomenclature changes May 1926 Rifle, SMLE Mk.III Rifle No.1 Mk.III Rifle, SMLE Mk.III* Rifle No.1 Mk.III* Rifle, Short, .22 RF Mk.IV Rifle No.2 Mk.IV*
  • 5. SMLE Mark V Not announced in LoC Approx 20,000 made between 1922-24
  • 6. Rifle No.1 Mark VI Prototype in 1923 Troop Trial rifles 1929-31
  • 7. No.1 Mark VI Plain furniture
  • 8. No.4 Troop trials Enfield 1933
  • 9. No.4 Prototype left side detail showing flat side body
  • 10. By 1935: A pattern (No.1 Mk.VI) B Pattern (No.1 Mk.VI) B Pattern (No.4 Mk.I) C pattern (No.4 Mk.I) 6 1,025 2,500 56 Trials between: No.4 Mk.I Lightened No.1 Mk.III Lightened P.’14 (Soley) No.4 to be put in production in the event of war in Europe
  • 11. Production In the U.K. two new ROFs were built and BSA capacity expanded with new factory at Small Heath, Birmingham
  • 12. R.O.F. Fazakerley Near Liverpool Came on line in June 1941 and at its height had 12,000 workers 70% women Continued in production post war
  • 13. R.O.F. Maltby Near Sheffield Started production in May 1940 Acted as coordination centre for sub-contractors like peddled Scheme in WWI Had less production capacity than Fazakerley
  • 14. In the United States: Savage Arms Three factories of J. Stevens at Chicopee Falls, Mass. First rifle test fired on 25 July 1941 Many stamped “US PROPERTY”
  • 15. In Canada Small Arms Ltd, later Canadian Arsenals Ltd Canadian Government owned. First 5 rifles 30 June 1941, 735 workers By end of 1942, 5,500 workers
  • 16. The rifles….
  • 17. No.4 Mark I Approved 15 November 1939 Made at all factories. Essentially the No.4 Mark I Troop Trials rifles with some minor changes. Five groove, left hand twist Trigger mounted on trigger guard Spring loaded bolt release catch Screw adjustable sight
  • 18. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  • 19. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  • 20. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  • 21. No.4 Mark I* Not announced in LoC Only made in U.S. and Canadian factories Simplified production Bolt release now by slot in rail Slab cocking piece
  • 22. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  • 23. No.4 Mark 2 Introduced 31 March 1949 Made at Fazakerley Trigger mounted on receiver Beech woodwork
  • 24. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  • 25. No.4 Mark 1/2 Introduced 31 March 1949 Made at Fazakerley, Enfield and BSA Conversion of Mark 1 to Mark 2 standard Trigger mounted on receiver Sights updated
  • 26. No.4 Mark 1/3 Introduced 31 March 1949 Made at Fazakerley Conversion of Mark 1* to Mark 2 standard Trigger mounted on receiver Sights updated
  • 27. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  • 28. Bodies
  • 29. Barrels: Original Mark I was five groove, left hand twist Also approved were: Two groove Three groove Three groove (A & P) Four groove Six groove Mark II Not awarded Mark number Mark III Not awarded Mark number C Mark IV
  • 30. Foresights: Mark I Machined, full length blade Mark I* Similar to Mark I but with slot in base Mark II Similar to Mark I but longer platform Mark III Similar to mark I* but longer platform
  • 31. Foresight protectors
  • 32. Rear sights
  • 33. Long Branch and Savage early Mark I sights
  • 34. No.4 with fibre glass furniture
  • 35. Simplified Rifle, Type 1 1942
  • 36. Simplified Rifle, Type 2 1942
  • 37. No.4T
  • 38. No.4T
  • 39. Camouflaged No.4T in Italy 1944
  • 40. Canadian alternative mount
  • 41. No.4 Spigot launcher
  • 42. The .22 inch No.4 based rifles……
  • 43. Rifle No.7 Mark 1 Conversion by BSA Has shortened bolt like No.8
  • 44. Rifle C No.7 Mark 1 Made as a .22 inch rifle Has rimfire bolthead like SMLE
  • 45. Rifle No.9 Mark 1 Conversion by Parker Hale for the Royal Navy
  • 46. The Rifle No.5 Mark I……
  • 47. No.5 Mark I
  • 48. Experimental Rifle No.6
  • 49. Mark 2 Mark I
  • 50. Proposed No.5 Mark 2
  • 51. No.5 Mark 2 Muzzle detail
  • 52. No.5 take-down for Paratroops
  • 53. No.5 Take-down butt dove-tail
  • 54. 7.92mm Kurz No.5
  • 55. .22” No.5
  • 56. .22” No.8 Rifle
  • 57. The 7.62mm Era…..
  • 58. L8 series A1, A2, A3 and A4
  • 59. L39A1
  • 60. L42A1
  • 61. L59A1 DP Rifle
  • 62. Finally, the numbers…… No.4 Production UK 1941-44 Stevens - Savage Long Branch UK 1948-54 2,021,913 1,236,000 905,731 (330,000 for UK) 500,000 approx TOTAL 4,663,644
  • 63. THE END