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    • Can you post a pic?  Are you talking about the slide release lever?  
    • What a moron.  The US military hasn't been able to end the S^!t in Afghanistan in 17 years.  They don't have a chance against 300,000,000 guns in the hands of US citizens. My question to him is, "how you gone confiscate and collect 300,000,000 guns in America when you claim you can't find and deport 25 million people in the country illegally??"  
    • I have one of those, bought in the 70's.  I'll get it out sometime and post some pictures along with questions.. Great information.....  Thanks
    • Lee Enfields? otherwise known as SMLE's or "Smelly's? Great rifles. and in my personal opinion the greatest bolt action battle rifles of the 20th century for their ammo capacity, durability and rapidity of fire. I'm not an expert or  collector but I've had some experience with them and my brother has had even more experience with them. The basic differences in the rifles made over the years is that the earlier No.1 Mk III* rifles had thinner more lightweight barrels  and a different front sight with the sight assembly being flush with and capping off the stock. The No.4 Mk 1 had a heavier "floating barrel" that was independent of the forearm, allowing the barrel to expand and contract without contacting the forearm and interfering with the 'zero', the correlation between the alignment of the barrel and the sights. The floating barrel increased the accuracy of the rifle by allowing it to vibrate freely and consistently. The No.4 Mk 1 had the barrel and front sight sticking out pasty the stock and this makes it easy to tell at a glance a No.4 Mk 1 from a No.1 Mk III* In 1942, a variation of the No.4 Mk 1 was made, the No.4 Mk 1*, with the bolt release catch replaced by a simpler notch on the bolt track of the rifle's receiver. It was produced only in North America, by Small Arms Limited at Long Branch in Canada and Stevens-Savage Firearms in the USA Other manufacturers of the SMLE's were Enfield Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield United Kingdom, Sparkbrook Royal Small Arms Factory Sparkbrook UK,  BSA Co The Birmingham Small Arms Company UK,  LSA Co London Small Arms Co. Ltd UK and Lithgow Small Arms Factory Australia. Generally,  most, but not all SMLE rifles were not as accurate as Springfields, 1917's or Mausers,  and most people don't know why this is. But the reason that I've discovered is the difference in bore diameters due to the fact that the Brits allowed a variance in bore diameters because of the wear of the rifling tooling in these mass produced rifles.  My brother noticed that the rifles that the owned with the tightest bores shot the best so whenever he considered buying a new rifle he would use a 338 spritzer bullet that he had marked with a line showing how far it entered in to the bore of his most accurate rifle and only buy rifles with the tightest bores. I think my favorite SMLE was the No 5 Mk I Jungle Carbine with a cut-down stock, a flash hider, and a "lightening-cut" receiver machined to remove all unnecessary metal, a reduced barrel length of 18.8 in and a torture device for a recoil pad which was the main reason for reports of inaccuracy or a "Wandering Zero" with these rifles. If I had one I'd put some kind of temporary soft rubber recoil pad on the gun and put the original hard rubber torture device in the safe. 
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