Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE)

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Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III - .303 British. Introduced in 1907, this was the official battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War.
Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British. This simplified variant of the Mk.III (changes include the magazine cutoff, volley sights and windage adjustable rear sights being removed and a different cocking piece) was designed for expedient production in 1915 and became the most numerous variant of the Mk.III, seeing action throughout the 20th century.
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during World War Two, however, it was supplemented heavily with the older Lee Enfield No.1 MK.III. First placed in service with the British military in 1941.
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I(T) with magazine and scope - .303 British
Lee-Enfield No.5 Jungle Carbine - .303 British. This is not a chopped down No. 4 conversion (like many jungle carbines are) but an original No.5
Lee-Enfield Mk.I - .303 British. In service between 1896-1907
Lee-Enfield issued to the Royal Irish Constabulary
Ishapore 2A1 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
Enfield 303 Sporter - .303 British
Lee-Enfield Mk.I* CLLE (Charger Loading Lee Enfield) - .303 British. Note this rifle is a modified version of the original Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle Mk.I as opposed to the later Short Magazine Lee-Enfield.

The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield or SMLE, is a series of bolt-action rifles and carbines that were designed by Scottish-born gun designer James Paris Lee (1831-1904) and the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock, Great Britain; to replace the Lee-Metford series bolt-action rifles and carbines (a series of bolt-action rifles and carbines that were designed by James Paris Lee and William Ellis Metford) when the British armed forces adopted smokeless gun powder in the late 19th century. The Lee-Enfield series of bolt-action rifles and carbines saw extensive service with the armed forces of Great Britain and the nations, colonies, and dominion states of the British Empire/British Commonwealth from 1895, until the rifles were replaced from frontline military service in 1957 by the British version of the FN FAL, the L1A1 Self Loading Rifle in 1957. The SMLE is renowned for its history, accuracy, power, fast rate of fire and capacity, which led the Military Channel to name the Lee-Enfield SMLE as the third best combat rifle ever designed. The smooth, spring-loaded bolt design allowed for fast cycling and the advanced adjustable sights allowed for accuracy at long ranges, which leads many to dub the SMLE as the "Cadillac of bolt-action rifles". The SMLE still sees combat to this day and is still produced in various countries for various calibers. Over 17 million SMLEs have been built worldwide since 1907.

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Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle

This includes all examples of the SMLE or Lee Enfield Bolt action rifle from its introduction to the last widely-distributed version.

Specifications

(1907 - present)

  • Type: Rifle
  • Caliber: .303 British Mk VII SAA Ball
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
  • Length: 43.3 in (110 cm)
  • Barrel length: 25 in (63.5 cm)
  • Muzzle velocity: 2,441 ft/s (744 m/s)
  • Capacity: 10-round detachable box magazine (loaded with 5-round charger or stripper clips)
  • Sights: Fixed open iron sights graduated to 2000 meters: U-shaped rear peep stand-up sight adjustable for windage and elevation and barleycorn front sight
  • Fire Modes: Bolt-Action

The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Hearts of the World British soldiers No. 1 Mk.III* 1918
The Death Ray Mk.I, seen on the ground 1925
Storm Over Asia A Red partisan No.1 Mk.III* 1928
Carry on, Sergeant! British and German soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 1928
Hell's Angels British troops No.1 Mk III 1930
Journey's End British solders No.1 Mk III 1930
The Lost Patrol Victor McLaglen The Sergeant No.1 Mk.III 1934
Wallace Ford Morelli
British soldiers
Shock Troop British soldiers No.1 Mk.III 1934
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Bengal Lancers No.1 Mk.III* 1935
rebels
Clouds Over Europe Viking crewmembers and British pilots and sailors No.1 Mk.III* 1939
Sundown Emmett Smith Kipsang No.1 Mk.III* 1941
British troops
Went the Day Well? Frank Lawton Tom Sturry No.1 Mk.III* 1942
Norman Pierce Jim Sturry
Elizabeth Allan Peggy
Frank Lawton Ivy
Extras British Army/Home Guard Soldiers
Extras German Paratroopers
Somewhere in France No.1 Mk.III 1942
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp British infantrymen No.1 Mk.III* 1943
Sahara British Commonwealth troops No.1 Mk.III 1943
Immortal Sergeant Henry Fonda Cpl. Colin Spence No.1 Mk.III* 1943
Thomas Mitchell Sgt. Kelly
Melville Cooper Pvt. Pilcher
Morton Lowry Pvt. Cottrell
Bramwell Fletcher Pvt. Symes
Allyn Joslyn Pvt. Cassidy
British troops, German soldiers
The Desert Rats Robert Newton Pvt. Tom Bartlett No.1 Mk.III 1953
Australian soldiers
German soldiers
Paratrooper British paratroopers No.1 Mk.III* and No.4 Mk.I 1953
German soldiers No.4 Mk.I
Outpost in the Mountains (Zastava v gorakh) Brigands Mk.I 1953
The Bridge on the River Kwai Japanese P.O.W. guards Mk.III* and No.4 1957
And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don) French soldiers Mk.I 1957
The Hunters Greek soldier No.1 Mk.III 1958
Dunkirk John Mills Corporal "Tubby" Binns No.1 Mk.III* 1958
British soldiers
Ice Cold in Alex British soldiers, bedouins No.4 Mk.I 1958
North West Frontier Lauren Bacall Catherine Wyatt Mk.III 1959
Eugene Deckers Mr. Peters
Wilfrid Hyde-White Mr. Bridie
Rebels and British and Indian soldiers Mk.III and No.4
The Giant Behemoth British soldiers No.4 Mk.I 1959
Yesterday's Enemy British soldiers No.1 Mk.III 1959
Ferry to Hong Kong Pirates No.1 Mk.III 1959
Yesterday's Enemy Leo McKern Max 1959
Dr. No Royal Navy sailors No.4 1962
55 Days at Peking John Ireland Sgt. Harry Lee-Enfield Mk.I 1963
British and American troops
The Longest Day British troops No.4 Mk.I 1963
From Russia with Love SPECTRE agents No.4 with Energa rifle grenades 1963
Goldfinger No.1 Mk.III; seen in Q's lab 1964
Zulu British soldiers Mk.I* as Martini-Henry 1964
Weekend at Dunkirk British soldiers No.1 Mk.III 1964
Code 7... Victim 5 Lex Barker Steve Martin No.1 Mk.III* 1964
Gustel Gundelach Hans Kramer
Wexler's guards
The Ipcress File No.4 Mk.I, No.4 Mk.I(T) and SMLE with the attached grenade discharger cup 1965
Help! The kidnappers No.1 Mk.III* 1965
Buckingham Palace guards No.4
The Heroes of Telemark Richard Harris Knut Staud No.4 1965
Check Passed: No Mines (Provereno nema mina) Yugoslavian soldiers No.1 Mk.III* and No.4 Mk.I 1965
Cast a Giant Shadow Kirk Douglas "Mickey" Marcus No.4 Mk.I 1966
Arab Legion soldiers No.1 Mk.III
Judith Peter Finch Aaron Stein No.4 Mk.I 1966
Haganah members No.4 Mk.I, No.5 Jungle Carbine
British paratroopers No.5 Jungle Carbine
Poppies Are Also Flowers Brigands, Colonel Salem's men No.1 Mk.III* and No.4 Mk.I 1966
Let's Not Get Angry (Ne nous fâchons pas) Seen in The Colonel's apartments 1966
Is Paris Burning? French Resistance fighters No.1 Mk.III* 1966
How I Won the War Michael Crawford Lt. Goodbody No.1 Mk.III* 1967
John Lennon Gripweed
Roy Kinnear Clapper
Lee Montague Sgt. Transom
Ronald Lacey Spool
Jack MacGowran Juniper
Musketeers (British soldiers)
You Only Live Twice Royal Navy honor guards No.4 Mk.I 1967
If... Malcolm McDowell Mick Travis No.4 Mk.I 1968
British soldiers and public school students
The Southern Star Ian Hendry Capt. Karl Ludwig No.1 Mk.III* 1968
Plankett's Aboriginal men
Dark of the Sun Simbas No.1 Mk.III* and No.4 Mk.I 1968
Three to Go - Michael Australian troops and guerilla fighters No.4 1969
How I Unleashed World War II British soldiers No.4 1970
No Blade Of Grass Survivors No.1 Mk.III* 1970
Too Late the Hero Ronald Fraser Pvt. Campbell No.1 Mk.III 1970
The Last Grenade Various characters No.V Jungle Carbine 1970
Kelly's Heroes U.S. soldier No.4 1970
You Can't Win 'Em All Greek soldiers No.1 MkIII 1970
Michael the Brave (Mihai Viteazul) 1971
The Stolen Train (Otkradnatiyat vlak) Turkish border guard No.4 1971
Young Winston Sikh soldiers and British soldiers Mk.I and Mk.I* 1972
Sitting Target Police sniper No.4 Mk.I(T) 1972
Zardoz Exterminators No.4 1974
The Wilby Conspiracy Black Congress militants No.1 Mk.III & No.4 Mk.I 1975
Sholay Dharmendra Veeru No.4 Mk.I, No.5 1975
Amitabh Bachchan Jai
Amjad Khan Gabbar No.4 Mk.I
Gabbar's brigands No.1 Mk.III, No.4 Mk.I
Paper Tiger David Niven Walter Bradbury No.5 1975
Paper Tiger Ronald Fraser Sgt. Forster No.4 Mk.I 1975
Paper Tiger Irene Tsu Talah No.5 1975
Paper Tiger Rebels No.5 1975
Raid on Entebbe Ugandan soldiers No.4 Mk.I 1976
Soldier of Orange Jeroen Krabbé Guus LeJeune No.4 Mk.I 1977
English and Dutch soldiers No.1 Mk.III, No.4 Mk.I
I Am the Law (Il prefetto di ferro) Giuliano Gemma Caesare Mori No.1 Mk.III* 1977
The bandits
A Bridge Too Far Anthony Hopkins Colonel John Frost No 4 Mk 1* 1977
British troops
March or Die British soldiers No 1 Mk III 1977
From Hell to Victory British soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 1979
Escape to Athena Greek resistance fighter No.4 Mk.I 1979
Breaker Morant Edward Woodward Harry 'Breaker' Morant Mk.I 1980
Lewis Fitz-Gerald Lt. George Ramsdale Witton
Bryan Brown Lt. Peter Handcock
Australian and British soldiers and Boers
The Outsider (1980) Frank Grimes Tony Coyle No.4 1980
IRA gunmen
Flatfoot in Egypt Bedouins No.1 Mk.III* 1980
Jupiter's Thigh (On a volé la cuisse de Jupiter) Greece police No.1 Mk.III* 1980
Death Hunt Carl Weathers Sundog/George Washington Lincoln Brown Sporterized SMLE 1981
Death Hunt Ed Lauter Hazel Sporterized SMLE 1981
Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure John Fujioka Kamasuka No.4 Mk.I 1981
Gandhi British and Indian soldiers and (Nepalese) Gurkhas 1982
Bukit Kepong Malayan Police officers No.4 Mk.I 1982
Communist gunmens
Police Jungle Squad
Auxiliary police No.1 Mk.III
Communist gunmens
Villagers
Police Jungle Squad
Octopussy Kamal Khan's guards No.4 Mk.I 1983
Sahara John Rhys-Davies Rasoul No.1 Mk.III* (Beg own custom) 1983
Lambert Wilson Jaffar
Ronald Lacey Beg
Nomadic tribes fighters
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Terry Jones Lt. Biggs No.1 Mk.III* 1983
British soldiers
High Road To China Ric Young Kim Su Lee 1983
Project A Biao Yuen Hong Tin-Tzu Lee-Metford Mk II 1983
Mars Jaws
Hong Kong Police Force and Marine Police personnel, British Army soldiers, pirates
Razorback Bill Kerr Jake Cullen No. 1 Mk III* (with fore-end cut down and a telescopic sight fitted to suit sporting use.) 1984
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom British and Indian Army soldiers No 4. Mk.I 1984
Nineteen Eighty-Four Oceanian soldiers No.V Jungle Carbine 1984
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome A biker No.1 Mk.III* 1985
Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan Mick Dundee Sporterized SMLE 1985
Linda Kozlowski Sue Charlton
The Emerald Forest A native hunter Sporterized 1985
Out of Africa Several men in hunter camp No.1 Mk III* 1986
The Lighthorsemen Gary Sweet Frank No.1 Mk.III 1987
Peter Phelps Dave Mitchell
British and Australian soldiers
Project A Part II Hong Kond Police Force constables and Marine Police sailors No.1 Mk.III, No.4 Mk.I, Mk.I 1987
The Beast of War Steven Bauer Taj No.1 Mk.III* 1988
Afghan Mujahideen
Crocodile Dundee II Paul Hogan Mick Dundee Sporterized SMLE 1988
Linda Kozlowski Sue Charlton
Rambo III Mujahideen fighters No.1 Mk.III* and No.4 Mk.I 1988
Farewell To The King Frank McRae Sgt. Tenga No.4 Mk.I with sniper scope 1989
Marilyn Tokuda Yoo No.5 Jungle Carbine
Australian soldiers, Gurkha soldiers, Headhunters No.1 Mk.III*
River of Death Michael Dudikoff John Hamilton Sporterized 1989
River of Death River pirates Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* 1989
Afghan Breakdown Mujaheddins No.1 Mk.III*, No.4 Mk.I, No.5 Jungle Carbine 1991
Shadow of the Wolf Donald Sutherland Henderson No.4 Mk.I 1992
Legends of the Fall Henry Thomas Samuel Ludlow No.I Mk.III* 1994
Brad Pitt Tristan Ludlow
Canadian infantrymen
Sahara Robert Wisdom Sergeant-Major Tambul No. 1 Mk III 1995
Richard III British soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 1995
Michael Collins British and IRA forces Mk.III and Mk.I 1996
Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy plennik) Oleg Menshikov Sanya No.1 Mk.III* 1996
Sergey Bodrov Jr. Ivan Zhilin
The Quest No.1 Mk.III*; Seen in cargo of Turkish freighter 1996
The Lost World Russell Yuen Myar 1998
The Trench Daniel Craig Sgt. Winter Mk.III 1999
Paul Nicholls MacFarlane
Danny Dyer Lance Corporal Dell
Cillian Murphy Pvt. Rookwood
James D'Arcy Pvt. Daventry
British soldiers
All The King Men British soldiers No.1 Mk.III 1999
Three Kings Shiite refugee No.1 Mk.III* 1999
Charlotte Gray John Bennett Gerard Sporterised SMLE 2001
Bloody Sunday An IRA member No.1 Mk.III 2001
The Lost Battalion US soldiers No.4 MkI 2001
The Mummy Returns Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Lock-Nah No.1 Mk.III* 2001
El Alamein - The Line of Fire British Troops No.1 Mk.III* 2002
Deathwatch Hans Matheson Pvt. Hawkstone No.4 Mk.I 2002
Jamie Bell Pvt. Shakespeare
Hugo Speer Sgt. Tate
Dean Lennox Kelly Pvt. McNess
Hugh O'Conor Pvt. Bradford
Kris Marshall Pvt. Starinski No.4 Mk.I with sniper scope
Zelary Jan Tríska Old Gorcík No.4 Mk.I 2003
Secondhand Lions Michael O'Neill Ralph No.1 Mk.III* 2003
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen British soldiers and Fantom's men Mk.I 2003
Dhoom Police 2004
Curse of the Komodo William Langlois Prof. Nathan Phipps Customized No.4 Mk.I 2004
Kokoda Jack Finsterer Jack Scholt No.1 Mk.III* 2006
Simon Stone Max Scholt
Travis McMahon Darko
Tom Budge Johnno
Steve Le Marquand Sam
Angus Sampson Dan
Australian soldiers
Joyeux Noel Scottish soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 2005
Dhoom 2 Abhishek Bachchan A.C.P. Jai Dixit custom 2006
Snipers
The Wind That Shakes The Barley IRA, British forces 2006
Black Book Canadian soldiers, Dutch resistance No.4 Mk.I 2006
Pan's Labyrinth Spanish Guardia No.1 Mk.III* 2006
Spanish Maquis
My Boy Jack Daniel Radcliffe Lieutenant Jack Kipling No.1 Mk.III 2007
Richard Dormer Corporal John O'Leary
British soldiers
Atonement British soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 2007
Transformers Village militia in Qatar No.1 Mk.III* 2007
Hot Fuzz Kevin Eldon Sgt. Tony Fisher No.1 Mk III* 2007
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep British Army soldiers No.4 Mk.I 2007
Assembly (Ji jie hao) Hanyu Zhang Gu Zidi No.4 Mk.I 2007
Female Agents Sophie Marceau Louise Desfontaines No.4 Mk.I with sniper scope 2008
The 39 Steps British soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 2008
Tobruk Czech troops No.1 Mk.III* 2008
Max Manus: Man of War Nicolai Cleve Broch Gregers Gram No.4 Mk.I 2008
Norwegian resistance
Peranmai Vasundhara Kashyap Kalpana No.1 Mk.III* 2009
Dhansika Jennifer
'Kaadhal' Saranya Ajitha
Liyashree Susheela
Varsha Ashwathi Thulasi
Jeyam Ravi Dhuruvan
female soldiers
Passchendaele Paul Gross Sgt. Michael Dunne No.1 Mk.III* 2009
Michael Greyeyes Pvt. Highway
Joe Dinicol Pvt. David Mann
Canadian soldiers
Red and White (Merah Putih) Darius Sinathryah Marius No.1 Mk.III* 2009
Donny Alamsyah Tomas
Dutch/Indonesian soldiers
Red and White (Merah Putih) Darius Sinathryah Marius No.4 Mk.I prop rifle 2009
Zumi Zola Surono
Lukman Sardi Amir
Donny Alamsyah Tomas
T. Rifnu Wikana Dayan
Indonesian cadets
Japanese soldiers
Beneath Hill 60 Australian and British soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 2010
Let the Bullets Fly Wen Jiang Pocky Zhang No.1 Mk.III* 2010
Fan Liao Three
John Do Four
Li Jing Five
Xiao Wei Seven
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen French troops No.1 Mk.III* 2010
Day of the Falcon (Or noir) Akin Gazi Saleh No.1 Mk.I 2011
Amar's, Nesib's and Auda's men No.1 Mk.I, No.1 Mk.III*, No.4 Mk.I
War Horse British troops No.1 Mk.III* 2011
Jeremy Irvine Albert Narracott
Matt Milne Andrew Easton
100 Bloody Acres Angus Sampson Lindsay No.1 Mk.III* 2012
Damon Herriman Reg
Cockneys vs. Zombies Jonathan Stephenson Young Ray No.1 Mk.III* 2012
Emden Men British Sailors No.1 Mk.III* 2012
Wolf Creek 2 John Jarratt Mick Taylor No.1 Mk.III* 2013
Gerard Kennedy Jack
Bravo V Communist terrorists No.5 Jungle Carbine 2015
The Siege of Jadotville Irish soldiers 2016
Dunkirk British soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 2017

Television

Show Title Actor Character Episode Date
The War Game British police officers and survivors No.4 Mk.I 1965
Rat Patrol British soldiers 1966-1968
Stawka wieksza niz zycie British soldiers 1966-68
Monty Python's Flying Circus WWII British soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 1969-1974
The Professionals CI5 agents and police No.4 and No.4T; "Heroes", "Stopover", "Madness of Mickey Hamilton" 1977-1981
Journey's End British soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 1988
Anzacs Andrew Clarke Martin "Marty" Barrington No.1 Mk.III* 1985
Jon Blake Flanagan
Christopher Cummins Roly Collins
Alec Wilson Alec "Pudden" Parsons
Patrick Ward Sgt. Tom MacArthur
Mark Hembrow Dick Baker
Blackadder Goes Forth Tony Robinson Pvt. Baldrick No.1 Mk.III*; "General Hospital" 1989
British soldiers No.1 Mk.III*
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman In Lex's mansion on display behind glass 1993-1997
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Cameron Daddo Jack Anderson "Palestine 1917"; No. 1 Mk. III 1993
Todd Boyce Dex
British and Australian soldiers
Sahara Alan David Lee Bates 1995
Midsomer Murders Ifan Huw Dafydd Paul Bright "Dance with the Dead"; No.4 Mk.I 1997 - Present
Will Featherstone Pvt. Tommy Hicks "Shot at Dawn"; No.1 Mk.III*
Lloyd Hutchinson Mickey Ryan
Malcolm Sinclair Johnny Hammond
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt - Season 4 Gerald Alexander Held Hans Breitner seventh episode 2001
Ultimate Force No.1 Mk.III*; seen on the wall of the SAS bar 2002 - 2007
Foyle's War British Army and Home Guard soldiers 2002-2010
Doctor Who (New series) David Tennant The Doctor No.1 Mk.III; "The Family of Blood" 2005 -
British soldiers No.1 Mk.III*; "The Empty Child", "The Doctor Dances"
British soldiers No.4 Mk.I; "Victory Of the Daleks"
My Name is Earl Young Joe No.1 Mk.III*; S4E4 2005-2009
The Somme – From Defeat to Victory British soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 2006
Sea Patrol Kate McGregor Mk.III*; S3E9 2007
Pete 'Buffer' Tomaszewski
24: Redemption Robert Carlyle Carl Benton No.4 Mk.I 2008
Kiefer Sutherland Jack Bauer
Inspector George Gently Martin Shaw DCI George Gently "The Burning Man" (S01E01) 2008
Police constables
Covert Affairs Eriq La Salle Christopher McAuley "In the Light" (S1E05) 2010
Kokoda Australian soldiers 2010
Foyle's War - Season 7 British soldiers "The Russian House" (S7E1) 2010
Falling Skies Resistance fighters 2011
The Promise Christian Cooke Len Matthews No.1 Mk.III*, No.4 Mk.I*, Parker Hale Lee Enfield T4 Sniper Rifle 2011
Luke Allen-Gale Corporal Jackie Clough
British paratroopers No.1 Mk.III*, No.4 Mk.I*
Irgun fighters No.4 Mk.I*
Arab fighters
Birdsong British soldiers 2012
Peaky Blinders Joe Cole John Shelby No.1 MkIII 2013
Benjamin Zephaniah Jeremiah Jesus
Foyle's War - Season 8 British soldiers No.4 Mk.I*; "The Cage" (S8E2) 2013
Father Brown - Season 1 Constables No.4 Mk.I; "The Blue Cross" (S01E10) 2013
Parer's War Australian Commandos No.1 Mk.III* 2014
14 - Diaries of the Great War British soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 2014
Father Brown - Season 3 Steven Miller Lt. Graham No.4 Mk.I and No.1 Mk.III*; "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (S03E04) 2015
Father Brown - Season 3 Angus Wright Col. St Clare No.4 Mk.I; "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (S03E04) 2015
Father Brown - Season 3 Alex Price Sid Carter No.4 Mk.I; "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (S03E04) 2015
Foyle's War - Season 9 British soldiers No.4 Mk.I; "High Castle" (S9E1) 2015
Deadline Gallipoli ANZAC soldiers No.1 Mk.III* 2015
Father Brown Dylan Brown Terry Mitchell No.4 Mk.I; "The Penitent Man" (S05E15) 2017

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty "Rifle" 1998
Commandos 2: Men of Courage No.4 Mk.I 2001, 2002, 2010
World War II Online: Battleground Europe No.4 MK I, No.4 Mk.I(T) 2001-2012
Medal of Honor: Frontline No.4 Mk I; Non-playable 2002
Battlefield: 1942 No.4 Mk.I 2002
Eternal Darkness "Rifle" No.1 Mk.III* 2002
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin No.4 Mk.I 2003
Call of Duty No.4 Mk.I 2003
Forgotten Hope No.4 Mk.I and No.4 Mk.I(T) 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 "Enfield Mk.4" No.4 Mk. I 2003
Project Reality No. 1 Mk.III* and No. 1 Mk.III* (HT) 2005
Call of Duty 2 "Lee-Enfield" No.4 Mk.I; Scoped version available in singleplayer 2005
Forgotten Hope 2 No.1 Mk.III*, No.4 Mk.I and No.4 Mk.I(T). W/o bayonet and rifle grenade launcher 2005
Call of Duty 3 No.4 Mk.I 2006
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 No.4 Mk.I w/ pigsticker bayonet and No.4 Mk.I(T) 2006
Medal of Honor: Heroes "Enfield Rifle" 2006
The Royal Marines Commando "Lee Enfield" No.1 Mk.III 2008
9th Company: Roots of Terror With sniper scope 2009
ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead No.4 Mk. I 2009
Death to Spies: Moment of Truth No.4 Mk.I & No.4 Mk.I(T) 2009
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light "Bolt Action Rifle" No.4 Mk.I 2010
NCIS: The Video Game Seen on poster 2011
Karma Online "Lee-Enfield" No.1 Mk.III*(HT) 2011
ZombiU No.4 Mk.I 2012
Sniper Elite V2 2012
Project Reality: Falklands No.4 Mk.I(T) 2012
The Great War 1918 No.1 Mk.III* 2013
Sniper Elite III No. 1 Mk.III* (HT) 2014
Verdun SMLE No.1 Mk.III* 2015
Day of Infamy "Lee-Enfield No 4" No.4 Mk.I* 2016

Animation

Film Title Character Notation Date
Atlantis, The Lost Empire Vinnie and other mercenaries No.1 Mk.III 2001

Enfield Enforcer/L42A1 sniper rifle

L42A1 sniper rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
Enfield Enforcer with Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO

Specifications

(1970-1990)

  • Type: Sniper Rifle
  • Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO
  • Weight: 9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)
  • Length: 42.2 in (107.1 cm)
  • Barrel length: 27.5 in (69.9 cm)
  • Capacity: 10-round box
  • Fire Modes: Bolt-Action

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Spy Game Brad Pitt Tom Bishop 2001
Shootout at Lokhandwala Mumbai police snipers 2007
Doomsday British Army sniper With thumbhole stock and Harris bipod 2008
State of Emergency 2011

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault appears only in Breakthrough expansion pack 2002
Hitman: Contracts 2004
Manhunt 2004
Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat 2007
Manhunt 2 2007


Birmingham Small Arms Lee-Speed Sporter

Two well preserved specimens of Lee-Speed Sporters.
Lee-Speed Sporter Rifle

The Lee-Speed was popular with British officers and other hunters who wanted a fine rifle, but couldn't afford the expensive double barrel rifles made by Purdy, Holland & Holland and other famous, and expensive, British gun makers. The Lee-Speed was popular because it fired the easily obtainable British service round (.303 British), though it was also manufactured in other calibers. The "Lee - Speed" had the same action as the Lee-Enfield bolt action rifle, which allowed many British hunters and colonists in Africa to obtain spare parts and ammunition from British Army units based in Britain's African colonies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
King Kong Robert Armstrong Carl Denham . 1933
Billion Dollar Brain Karl Malden Leo Newbegin . 1967
The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer Col. John Patterson . 1996
The Mummy Returns Rachel Weisz Evelyn Carnahan . 2001
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Christian Bale Mandras . 2001
King Solomon's Mines Gavin Hood Bruce McNabb . 2004
The Wolfman Benicio del Toro Lawrence Talbot . 2010
I Declare War nickel-plated 2012

Television

Show Title Actor Character Episode Date
Midsomer Murders Tony Haygarth Jack Tewson "King's Crystal" 1997 - Present
The Man in the High Castle Rufus Sewell SS Obergruppenführer John Smith Episode 10 2015

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Case Closed: Full Score of Fear Takumi Fuwa 2008


Additional Information

Background & Usage

Despite being removed from frontline service in 1957, the Lee-Enfield saw extensive use as a secondary infantry rifle with reserve forces as well as use as a sniper rifle by the British military. In 2008, nations like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Canada still use the Lee-Enfield rifle as a standard issue rifle to police forces and to reserve military units. In the case of Canada, the Canadian Rangers are still using the Lee-Enfield No.4 rifle as their standard-issue rifle. In the case of India and Pakistan, the Lee-Enfield is used by the police forces of both nations with the Indians utilizing a 7.62mm NATO version of the No.1 MkIII* rifle called the Indian 2A/2A1 rifle. Australia still manufacture/convert Lee-Enfield's as hunting/plinking weapons in a range of calibres from 7.62mm NATO and the Soviet 7.62x39mm M43 with Australian International Arms (AIA) manufacturing modern versions of the Lee-Enfield rifle for the civilian firearms market.

The Lee-Enfield rifle saw extensive use in many military conflicts from the late 19th century to the present day (easily outstripping the length of service the Mosin-Nagant rifle has achieved) with Lee-Enfields being used in conflicts like the Second Boer War, the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Suez Canal Crisis, and the Mau Mau Uprising. The Lee-Enfield was also extensively used by the Mujahideen during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1970s and 1980s. The Lee-Enfield has also seen extensive use in the hands of insurgents and warring factions recently in nations like Nepal (where both Nepalese Government forces and Maoist guerrillas used the Lee-Enfield rifle), Afghanistan, Iraq, India (with both the Indian government forces and the Naxalite Maoist rebels being seen armed with SMLEs and various firearms) and the Solomon Islands (where many of the warring factions in the Solomon Islands were seen armed with Lee-Enfield No.4 rifles stolen from military and police armories during the civil unrest that occurred on the islands during the late 1990s/early 2000s).

Unlike Mauser-derived bolt-action rifles (with their 5 round internal magazines and "cock on opening" bolt systems), the Lee-Enfield series of bolt-action rifles and carbines have a 10-round detachable magazine and a "cock on closing" bolt system, which allowed a well-trained rifleman to fire between 15 to 30 aimed rounds in under 1 minute. Between 1895 and 1957, around 17 million Lee-Enfields have been produced and, as of 2010; are still in circulation today.

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