The .303 SMLE No. 1 Mk III; is the quintessential small arm of the world wars. With an overall length of 44.5 inches and weighing a little under 10 lbs, its Mk VII ball cartridge delivered 2,450 fps at the muzzle (Stratton 2009: 5, 140).
The British Army adopted the .303 SMLE No. 1 Mk III in 1904 and the Indian Army soon followed. The Ishapore Rifle Factory, north of Calcutta, began manufacturing this weapon in 1909 using British machines and the same specifications as that followed by the Royal Small Arms Factory.
This particular rifle is a great example and would have served throughout the second world war and beyond, it is deactivated to current EU standards, the magazine can be removed, the bolt works, and it will cock and dry fire.
The Magazine can be removed and replaced, the bolt operates normally, and it will cock and dry fire. Deactivated to current standards with certificate. This rifle has seen service and so although it has been looked after it has the patina that you would expect. Please look at the pictures as these form part of our condition report. This is a nice example.