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brit .303

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by paul, May 18, 2003.

  1. paul

    paul Well-Known Member

    Neighbor has an old brit bolt gun...
    BSACo, 1909, crown on band behind trigger guard.
    Many other proofs...
    Crown with E.R beneath...
    Any body know much about these things..?
  2. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    That rifle is a British Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield (SMLE), Mark III; it was made in 1909. The ER stands for Eduardus Rex (King Edward VII), who was on the throne at the time. It should also say Sht L.E. and III abbreviating the above info. It was made by the Birmingham Small Arms Co., in Birmingham, England.

    It is an interesting gun historically and may well have seen action in WWI.

    It was originally chambered for the .303 British cartridge, but it would be best to make sure before firing it that there has been no change and that the headspace is OK. .303 British ammunition is available in most gun stores and can be ordered shipped by express from surplus gun and ammunition suppliers.

    Value is not terribly high, though if it is good shape and all original (unlikely after so many years), it could bring $400 or so. An average price is closer to $100-150.

  3. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Suggest you surf over to www.jouster.com thence into the Enfield forum for more info. Mind you, Jim is the most reliable source there too. Hi, Jim.
  4. paul

    paul Well-Known Member

    Thanks a bunch, guys...
    Will pass the info on...

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