~ WW2 Dated 1945 Lee Enfield No4. Long Branch – Deactivated ~
The Lee–Enfield is a bolt-action, magazine-fed repeating rifle that served as the main firearm used by the military forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century. It was the British Army’s standard rifle from its official adoption in 1895 until 1957. The WWI versions are often referred to as the “SMLE”, which is short for the common “Short, Magazine, Lee–Enfield” variant.
By the late 1930s, the need for new rifles grew and the Rifle, No. 4 Mk I was officially adopted in 1941. The No. 4 action was similar to the No.1 Mk VI but stronger and easier to mass-produce.
A trained soldier could fire 15-20 aimed shots per minute, these rifles were also reliable and robust in adverse conditions.
The frame is stamped No. 4 Mk I* Long Branch 1945.
The furniture is serial numbered BU/6/5/1.