The No.4 and No.5 Rifles
Tony Edwards
HBSA
February 2012
SMLE Mark III
January 1907 Loc 13853
SMLE Mark III*
January 1916 LoC 17622
(Production commenced late 1915)
Omitted:
Long Range sights
Windage adjustment
Magaz...
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
R...
SMLE Mark V
Not announced in LoC
Approx 20,000 made between
1922-24
Rifle No.1 Mark VI
Prototype in 1923
Troop Trial rifles 1929-31
No.1 Mark VI Plain furniture
No.4 Troop trials
Enfield 1933
No.4 Prototype
left side detail showing
flat side body
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

Tria...
Production
In the U.K. two new ROFs were built
and
BSA capacity expanded with new factory at
Small Heath, Birmingham
R.O.F. Fazakerley
Near Liverpool
Came on line in June 1941 and at its height had
12,000 workers
70% women
Continued in pro...
R.O.F. Maltby
Near Sheffield
Started production in May 1940
Acted as coordination centre for
sub-contractors like peddled
...
In the United States:
Savage Arms
Three factories of J. Stevens at
Chicopee Falls, Mass.
First rifle test fired on 25 July...
In Canada
Small Arms Ltd, later Canadian Arsenals Ltd
Canadian Government owned.
First 5 rifles 30 June 1941, 735 workers
...
The rifles….
No.4 Mark I
Approved 15 November 1939
Made at all factories.
Essentially the No.4 Mark I Troop Trials rifles with some
min...
© Chris MacDonald 2012
© Chris MacDonald 2012
© Chris MacDonald 2012
No.4 Mark I*
Not announced in LoC
Only made in U.S. and Canadian factories
Simplified production
Bolt release now by slot ...
© Chris MacDonald 2012
No.4 Mark 2
Introduced 31 March 1949
Made at Fazakerley
Trigger mounted on receiver
Beech woodwork
© Chris MacDonald 2012
No.4 Mark 1/2
Introduced 31 March 1949
Made at Fazakerley, Enfield and BSA
Conversion of Mark 1 to Mark 2 standard
Trigger...
No.4 Mark 1/3
Introduced 31 March 1949
Made at Fazakerley
Conversion of Mark 1* to Mark 2 standard
Trigger mounted on rece...
© Chris MacDonald 2012
Bodies
Barrels:
Original Mark I was five groove, left hand twist
Also approved were:
Two groove
Three groove
Three groove (A & P)...
Foresights:
Mark I

Machined, full length blade

Mark I*

Similar to Mark I but with slot in base

Mark II

Similar to Mar...
Foresight protectors
Rear sights
Long Branch and Savage early Mark I sights
No.4 with fibre glass furniture
Simplified Rifle, Type 1 1942
Simplified Rifle, Type 2 1942
No.4T
No.4T
Camouflaged No.4T in Italy 1944
Canadian alternative mount
No.4 Spigot launcher
The .22 inch No.4 based rifles……
Rifle No.7 Mark 1
Conversion by BSA
Has shortened bolt like No.8
Rifle C No.7 Mark 1
Made as a .22 inch rifle
Has rimfire bolthead like SMLE
Rifle No.9 Mark 1
Conversion by
Parker Hale for the
Royal Navy
The Rifle No.5 Mark I……
No.5 Mark I
Experimental Rifle No.6
Mark 2

Mark I
Proposed No.5 Mark 2
No.5 Mark 2 Muzzle detail
No.5 take-down for Paratroops
No.5 Take-down butt dove-tail
7.92mm Kurz No.5
.22” No.5
.22” No.8 Rifle
The 7.62mm Era…..
L8 series
A1, A2, A3 and A4
L39A1
L42A1
L59A1 DP Rifle
Finally, the numbers……
No.4 Production
UK 1941-44
Stevens - Savage
Long Branch
UK 1948-54

2,021,913
1,236,000
905,731 (33...
THE END
British army Lee Enfield no.4 and no.5 rifles
British army Lee Enfield no.4 and no.5 rifles
British army Lee Enfield no.4 and no.5 rifles
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
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

  1. 1. The No.4 and No.5 Rifles Tony Edwards HBSA February 2012
  2. 2. SMLE Mark III January 1907 Loc 13853
  3. 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. 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. 5. SMLE Mark V Not announced in LoC Approx 20,000 made between 1922-24
  6. 6. Rifle No.1 Mark VI Prototype in 1923 Troop Trial rifles 1929-31
  7. 7. No.1 Mark VI Plain furniture
  8. 8. No.4 Troop trials Enfield 1933
  9. 9. No.4 Prototype left side detail showing flat side body
  10. 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. 11. Production In the U.K. two new ROFs were built and BSA capacity expanded with new factory at Small Heath, Birmingham
  12. 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. 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. 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. 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. 16. The rifles….
  17. 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. 18. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  19. 19. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  20. 20. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  21. 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. 22. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  23. 23. No.4 Mark 2 Introduced 31 March 1949 Made at Fazakerley Trigger mounted on receiver Beech woodwork
  24. 24. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  25. 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. 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. 27. © Chris MacDonald 2012
  28. 28. Bodies
  29. 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. 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. 31. Foresight protectors
  32. 32. Rear sights
  33. 33. Long Branch and Savage early Mark I sights
  34. 34. No.4 with fibre glass furniture
  35. 35. Simplified Rifle, Type 1 1942
  36. 36. Simplified Rifle, Type 2 1942
  37. 37. No.4T
  38. 38. No.4T
  39. 39. Camouflaged No.4T in Italy 1944
  40. 40. Canadian alternative mount
  41. 41. No.4 Spigot launcher
  42. 42. The .22 inch No.4 based rifles……
  43. 43. Rifle No.7 Mark 1 Conversion by BSA Has shortened bolt like No.8
  44. 44. Rifle C No.7 Mark 1 Made as a .22 inch rifle Has rimfire bolthead like SMLE
  45. 45. Rifle No.9 Mark 1 Conversion by Parker Hale for the Royal Navy
  46. 46. The Rifle No.5 Mark I……
  47. 47. No.5 Mark I
  48. 48. Experimental Rifle No.6
  49. 49. Mark 2 Mark I
  50. 50. Proposed No.5 Mark 2
  51. 51. No.5 Mark 2 Muzzle detail
  52. 52. No.5 take-down for Paratroops
  53. 53. No.5 Take-down butt dove-tail
  54. 54. 7.92mm Kurz No.5
  55. 55. .22” No.5
  56. 56. .22” No.8 Rifle
  57. 57. The 7.62mm Era…..
  58. 58. L8 series A1, A2, A3 and A4
  59. 59. L39A1
  60. 60. L42A1
  61. 61. L59A1 DP Rifle
  62. 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. 63. THE END

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