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Couple SMLE pictures

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Gordon, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

  2. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Dammit I still can't export pictures out of my stupid adobe files!:fire: :cuss:
  3. jame

    jame Well-Known Member

    I still struggle with the picture post thing, but I can post a link of mine:

    Attached Files:

  4. nemesis

    nemesis Well-Known Member

    You must've got the wrong picture. That one shows No. 4's and No. 4's aren't Smelly's.
  5. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member

    Gordon, send me your pics...

    I can post them if you like. Also, check out my web page. Got some cool info for Lee Enfield fans.

    www.SmellySMLEShooters.net :D

  6. jame

    jame Well-Known Member

    Ah, my error then. I thought a British SMLE included the No1's through 5's.
    The exploded view at Numrich shows them as SMLE's, unless I'm mistaken. (Again!)
    What's an SMLE look like, if that's the case?:confused:
  7. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member

    SMLE stands for Short Magazine Lee Enfield. This is the common acronym. The more proper designation is Rifle, Short Lee Enfield. After WWI, the nomenclature was changed and the ShtLE became the Rifle, #1 MkIII, The .22 cal. trainer was the Rifle, #2 and the Patt. 1914 became the Rifle, #3 MkI.
  8. Johnny Guest

    Johnny Guest Moderator Emeritus

    Help me out, here - - -

    Members nemesis and SMLE - -

    You correct another member above for calling the wrong model an SMLE. Okay, then, which rifles are properly termed SMLE? And, what term should I use for my No. 4 Mk 1? I mean, for short.

    Thanks - -
  9. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member

    Just call it a number 4 or a number 4 rifle..
  10. nemesis

    nemesis Well-Known Member

    No. 1's are still SMLE's and Number 4's are Number 4's.

    Remember, the term/acronym SMLE had been dropped from nomenclature long before No. 4's were introduced (as a No. 1, Mk V or Mk VI, around 1926) or put into service (1936?). There was no point in the history, development, manufacture or use of the No. 4 where it was referenced as an SMLE.

    It would not be inappropriate to simply refer to it as a Lee Enfield or an Enfield. I do.
  11. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Well then I don't have any short model lee enfields. The pictures I can't extract from my files are of a #5 and a # 4 both beautifully sporterized.:eek:
  12. swingset

    swingset Well-Known Member

    No need for ambiguity. All Enfields are called "Smellies".

  13. fistful

    fistful member

    Now, now, brethren...and sistren, let's not put down another man's rifle by calling it smelly. Could be worse, they could be into those abominable AR-thingies. SMLE. Let's call them "Smilies"! There, isn't that better?
  14. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member

    swingset & fistful...

    You're both close, but not quite there yet.
    They're only "smellys" until you get the old cosmo off and go shooting. THEN they're "smilies" :D
  15. Johnny Guest

    Johnny Guest Moderator Emeritus

    Okay, I feel better now - - -

    My only examples of this general type are a No. 4 Mk 1, still rack grade stock, and a decently sporterized (prior to my ownership!) No. 5. As long as it's proper to call 'em Enfields or Lee Enfields . . . .

  16. threeseven

    threeseven Well-Known Member

    My heavy-barrelled No.1 MkIII SMLE.


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