Lee-Enfield rifle series

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Overview

The Lee-Enfield is a series of bolt-action rifles and carbines designed by Scottish-born gun designer James Paris Lee (1831-1904) and the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock, Great Britain. They replaced the Lee-Metford (a series of bolt-action rifles and carbines 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 saw extensive service with the armed forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century. In the United Kingdom, the Lee-Enfield rifles were the standard infantry rifle of the British Army from 1895 to 1957, when they were replaced by the L1A1 SLR; even after being phased out, they were still used as a secondary infantry rifle for reserve forces, and a 7.62mm version of the Lee-Enfield under the designation L42A1 was used as a sniper rifle all the way into the 90s.

Today, nations like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Canada still use the Lee-Enfield rifle as a standard issue rifle for police forces and reserve military units. In Canada, the Canadian Rangers used the Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifle as their standard-issue rifle until 2018, when they were replaced by the purpose built C-19, but the Lee-Enfield will not be fully phased out till 2020. In India and Pakistan, the Lee-Enfield is used by both nations' police forces, with India utilizing a 7.62mm NATO version of the No. 1 Mk III* rifle called the Indian 2A/2A1 rifle. Australia still manufactures/converts Lee-Enfields as hunting/plinking weapons in a range of calibres like the 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 use in many military conflicts from the late 19th century onwards (easily outstripping the length of service the Mosin-Nagant Rifle has achieved), being used in the Second Boer War, the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Suez Crisis, the Mau Mau Uprising, and the Soviet-Afghan War. The Lee-Enfield has also seen use in the hands of insurgents in nations like Nepal, Afghanistan, Iraq, India and the Solomon Islands. Over 17 million Lee-Enfields have been produced worldwide since 1895.

The Lee-Enfield is notable for its relatively high rate of fire compared to other bolt-action rifles. Unlike Mauser-derived bolt-action rifles (with their 5 round internal magazines and "cock on opening" bolt systems), the Lee-Enfield has a 10-round 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.

The Lee-Enfield features a detachable box magazine, though they are almost always reloaded with stripper clips; the Lee-Metford was originally designed with a possibility to reload by replacing the magazine, in practice British soldiers were issued with two magazines of which one was chained to the rifle and the other issued as a spare. By the adoption of the Lee-Enfield, this had decreased to one magazine per rifle, which was refilled using 5-round stripper clips, because at the time rifle magazines were expensive to fabricate and not regarded as conventional expendable items.

Note on "SMLE": The name "SMLE", short for "Short, Magazine Lee-Enfield", was originally used to designate the Short Magazine Lee–Enfield Mk I rifle, contrasting the earlier "Magazine Lee-Enfield" (MLE) rifles that had longer 30.2-inch barrels (the original SMLE had a 25.2-inch barrel). The SMLE Mk I would be updated to become the famous SMLE Mk III and SMLE Mk III* rifles used in WWI. After the war, the British Army changed their firearm nomenclature to use a "number" system, renaming the SMLE Mk III and Mk III* rifles to "Rifle No. 1 Mk III" and "Rifle No. 1 Mk III*". The name "SMLE" has not been officially used since then, and it is not a catch-all term for all Lee-Enfields.

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); rare 20-round “trench magazines” are known to have existed.
  • 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 Lee-Enfield rifle series and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Lee-Metford

Lee-Metford Mk I (Nepalese Contract) - .303 British
Lee-Metford Mk II* - .303 British

The Lee–Metford (a.k.a. Magazine Lee–Metford, or simply MLM) is a rifle, combining James Paris Lee's rear-locking bolt system with a magazine and barrel designed by William Ellis Metford. It replaced the Martini-Henry rifle in 1888. While officially replaced by the improved Lee-Enfield in 1895, it still remained a reserve arm in many parts of the British Empire into WWII, even being issued to the New Zealand Home Guard and the Australian Volunteer Defence Corps until more modern rifles could be obtained. In British service, the Lee–Metford was also upgraded to the standards of later rifle patterns (e.g. to charger loading and Short Rifle, the SMLE pattern), though the barrel was almost always switched to one with Enfield pattern rifling, with the ability to fire new smokeless ammunition. Small numbers of Lee–Metford rifles later were converted to experimental automatic rifles, such as the British Howell and South African Reider, and the best-known of which was the Charlton Automatic Rifle.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
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

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Black Butler I Baldroy S1E21, Lee-Metford Mk I 2008 - 2009


Magazine Lee-Enfield

Lee-Enfield Mk I - .303 British
Lee-Enfield Mk I* CLLE (Charger Loading Lee Enfield) - .303 British

The .303 calibre, Rifle, Magazine, Lee–Enfield, or simply Magazine Lee-Enfield (MLE), nicknamed "Long Lee Enfields", are the first variants with the Lee-Enfield name. They were in British service between 1896-1907. Of note is that the Lee-Enfield Mk I is externally identical to its predecessor, the Lee-Metford Mk II*; the only difference between the two is the internals of the barrel and the use of improved .303 Mk II ammunition with smokeless powder.

The CLLE (Charger Loading Lee Enfield) are Magazine Lee-Enfields (or Magazine Lee-Metfords) converted to load from chargers.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Death Ray Mk I, seen on the ground 1925
Outpost in the Mountains (Zastava v gorakh) Brigands 1953
And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don) French soldiers Mk I 1957
55 Days at Peking John Ireland Sgt. Harry Lee-Enfield Mk I 1963
British and American troops
Zulu (1964) British soldiers Mk I* as Martini-Henry 1964
Mission in Kabul (Missiya v Kabule) Afghans 1971
Young Winston Sikh soldiers and British soldiers Mk I and Mk I* 1972
The End of the Emperor of the Taiga (Konets imperatora taygi) Solovyov's brigands Mk 1 Carbine 1978
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
Project A 1983
The Hound of the Baskervilles British soldiers Lee-Enfield Mk I or may be Lee-Metford Mk II 1983
Project A Part II Hong Kond Police Force constables and Marine Police sailors 1987
Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls Christopher Lee Sherlock Holmes Mk I CCLE 1992
Neil McCarthy Capt. James Morrison
Steven Gurney Gugliamo Marconi
Ron Smerczak Lt. Grisholm Mk I MLE
British soldiers Mk I MLE and CCLE
Michael Collins IRA forces 1996
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen British soldiers and Fantom's men Mk I 2003
Holmes & Watson British Royal Guards 2018

Television

Show Title Actor Character Episode Date
Fiery Roads (Ognennye dorogi) British soldiers Mk I; Ep.9 1983

Lee-Enfield No. 1

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III - .303 British
Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* - .303 British

Introduced in 1907, the Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III was the official battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War.

The No. 1 Mk III* was a 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. It was designed for expedient production in 1915 and became the most numerous variant of the Mk III, seeing action throughout the 20th century.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Hearts of the World British soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 1918
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
Tell England Carl Harbord Edgar Doe No. 1 Mk III* 1931
Tony Bruce Rupert Ray
British and ANZAC soldiers
The Other Side William Trenk Mason No. 1 Mk III 1931
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 Man Who Knew Too Much Police officers 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
Forty Thousand Horsemen ANZAC soldiers No. 1 Mk III 1940
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
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror British soldiers 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* 1953
Outpost in the Mountains (Zastava v gorakh) Brigands No. 1 Mk III* 1953
Hell Below Zero Stanley Baker Erik Bland Sporterized No.1 Mk III with 5-round magazine 1954
The Bridge on the River Kwai Japanese P.O.W. guards Mk III* 1957
The Hunters Greek soldier No. 1 Mk III 1958
Dunkirk John Mills Corporal "Tubby" Binns No. 1 Mk III* 1958
British soldiers
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
Yesterday's Enemy British soldiers No. 1 Mk III 1959
Leo McKern Max
Ferry to Hong Kong Pirates No. 1 Mk III 1959
The Siege of Sidney Street British Army No. 1 Mk III* 1960
Gorgo British soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 1961
Goldfinger No. 1 Mk III; seen in Q's lab 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
Help! The kidnappers No. 1 Mk III* 1965
Check Passed: No Mines (Provereno nema mina) Yugoslavian soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 1965
Cast a Giant Shadow Arab Legion soldiers No. 1 Mk III 1966
Poppies Are Also Flowers Brigands, Colonel Salem's men No. 1 Mk III* 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)
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* 1968
No Blade Of Grass Survivors No. 1 Mk III* 1970
Too Late the Hero Ronald Fraser Pvt. Campbell No. 1 Mk III 1970
You Can't Win 'Em All Greek soldiers No. 1 Mk III 1970
Mission in Kabul (Missiya v Kabule) Afghan and British soldiers No.1 Mk III 1971
The Wilby Conspiracy Black Congress militants No. 1 Mk III 1975
Sholay Gabbar's brigands No. 1 Mk III 1975
Soldier of Orange English and Dutch soldiers No. 1 Mk III 1977
I Am the Law (Il prefetto di ferro) Giuliano Gemma Caesare Mori No. 1 Mk III* 1977
Bandits
March or Die British soldiers No 1 Mk III 1977
From Hell to Victory British soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 1979
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
Bukit Kepong Auxiliary police No. 1 Mk III 1982
Communist gunmens
Villagers
Police Jungle Squad
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 Capt. Biggs No. 1 Mk III* 1983
John Cleese Cpl. Sturridge
Eric Idle Blackitt
Michael Palin Spladger
Terry Gilliam Walters
Graham Chapman Hordern
High Road To China Ric Young Kim Su Lee No. 1 1983
Razorback Bill Kerr Jake Cullen No. 1 Mk III* (with fore-end cut down and a telescopic sight fitted to suit sporting use.) 1984
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome A biker No. 1 Mk III* 1985
Out of Africa Several men in hunter camp No. 1 Mk III* 1986
Club Paradise revolutionaries and soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 1986
Slave Coast (Cobra Verde) Klaus Kinski Francisco Manoel da Silva No. 1 Mk III* 1987
King Ampaw Taparica
Dahomey men
The Lighthorsemen Gary Sweet Frank No. 1 Mk III 1987
Peter Phelps Dave Mitchell
British and Australian soldiers
Project A Part II Hong Kong Police Force constables and Marine Police sailors No. 1 Mk III 1987
The Beast of War Steven Bauer Taj No. 1 Mk III* 1988
Afghan Mujahideen
Rambo III Mujahideen fighters No. 1 Mk III* 1988
Appointment with Death British soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 1988
Farewell To The King Australian soldiers, Gurkha soldiers, Headhunters No. 1 Mk III* 1989
River of Death River pirates Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* 1989
Afghan Breakdown Mujaheddins No. 1 Mk III* 1991
Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls British soldiers No. 1 Mk III 1992
The Price of Treasures (Tsena sokrovishch) Aleksandr Koznov Pavel No. 1 Mk III 1993
Nadezhda Gorshkova Anna
Cocker's bandits, British soldiers
Legends of the Fall Henry Thomas Samuel Ludlow No. 1 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 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
Seven Years in Tibet British-Indian soldiers and Tibetan militia forces No. 1 Mk III* 1997
The Lost World Russell Yuen Myar No. 1 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
Bloody Sunday An IRA member No. 1 Mk III 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
Secondhand Lions Michael O'Neill Ralph No. 1 Mk III* 2003
Dhoom Police No. 1 Mk III* 2004
Kokoda (2006) 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
The Wind That Shakes The Barley IRA, British forces No. 1 Mk III 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 39 Steps British soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 2008
Tobruk Czech troops No. 1 Mk III* 2008
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
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*
War Horse British troops No. 1 Mk III 2011
Jeremy Irvine Albert Narracott
Matt Milne Andrew Easton
Battle of Warsaw 1920 Red Army soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 2011
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
The Railway Man British soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 2013
The Water Diviner Australian soldiers No. 1 2014
The Fear A British soldier No. 1 Mk III* 2015
Land of Mine A Danish soldier 2015
7 Witches Macall Gordon Paula Boyle No. 1 Mk III* 2017
Persephone Apostolou Kate Boyle
Megan Hensley Agatha Sklar
Steve Pelikan vigilante leader
vigilantes
The Lost City of Z Robert Pattinson Henry Costin No. 1 Mk III* 2017
Edward Ashley Arthur Manley No. 1 Mk III*
British soldiers No. 1 Mk III*
Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead Tommy No. 1 Mk III* 2017
Harry Styles Alex
British soldiers
Wonder Woman Saïd Taghmaoui Sameer No. 1 Mk III 2017
British soldiers No. 1 Mk III
Darkest Hour British soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 2017
Journey's End Andy Gathergood Company Sergeant Major No. 1 Mk III* 2018
British soldiers No. 1 Mk III*; w/ fixed bayonet
12 Strong Arshia Mandavi Najeeb No. 1 Mk III* 2018
To the Ends of the World (Les confins du monde) Viet Minh partisans 2018

Television

Show Title Actor Character Episode Date'
Rat Patrol British soldiers No. 1 1966-1968
Monty Python's Flying Circus WWII British soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 1969-1974
Wings BBC TV Series Tim Woodward 2nd Lt. Alan Farmer (S02EP11) "Mutiny" No. 1 Mk III* 1977-1978
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*
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Kidnapped Prime Minister British soldiers No. 1 Mk III 1990
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles British soldiers No. 1 Mk III 1990
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 No. 1 Mk III* 1995
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 No. 1 Mk III* 2002-2010
Agatha Christie's Marple British soldiers "The Murder at the Vicarage" (S01E02) 2004
The Somme Oliver Jones Pvt. Cyril Jose No. 1 Mk III* 2005
British soldiers
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"
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
Inspector George Gently Martin Shaw DCI George Gently No. 1; "The Burning Man" (S01E01) 2008
Police constables
Midsomer Murders Will Featherstone Pvt. Tommy Hicks "Shot at Dawn" (S11E01); No. 1 Mk III* 2008
Lloyd Hutchinson Mickey Ryan
Malcolm Sinclair Johnny Hammond
Covert Affairs Eriq La Salle Christopher McAuley No. 1 Mk III; "In the Light" (S1E05) 2010
Kokoda Australian soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 2010
Falling Skies Resistance fighters No. 1 Mk III* 2011
Downton Abbey British soldiers No. 1 Mk III and No. 1 Mk III*;S2E01, E04, E05 2011
The Promise Christian Cooke Len Matthews No. 1 Mk III* 2011
Luke Allen-Gale Corporal Jackie Clough
British paratroopers
Birdsong British soldiers No. 1 Mk III 2012
Peaky Blinders Joe Cole John Shelby No. 1 Mk III 2013
Benjamin Zephaniah Jeremiah Jesus
Parer's War Australian Commandos No. 1 Mk III* 2014
14 - Diaries of the Great War British soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 2014
Endeavour - Season 2 A reenactor of British Army of WW1 No. 1 Mk III*; "Trove" (S02E01) 2014
Father Brown - Season 3 Steven Miller Lt. Graham No. 1 Mk III*; "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (S03E04) 2015
Angus Wright Col. St Clare No. 1 Mk III*; "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (S03E04)
Alex Price Sid Carter No. 1 Mk III*; "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (S03E04)
Deadline Gallipoli ANZAC soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 2015
Rebellion (miniseries) Barry Ward Arthur Mahon Ep. 01/02/03/04/05 2016
Barry Keoghan Cormac McDevitt Ep. 01/02/04/05
Eemeli Louhimies Milo Ep. 02
Brian Gleeson Jimmy Mahon Ep. 02/03/04
Ruairí Heading Fusilier McGarry Ep. 02/03
Charlie Kelly Fusilier O'Hanlo Ep. 02/03
British Officersand ICA members
The Crown British Army 2016
SS-GB Sam Riley Detective Superintendent Archer No. 1 2017
Madiba South African Police and Army personnel 2017
Father Brown - Season 7 Jack Deam Inspector Mallory No. 1 Mk III*; (S07E01) 2019
John Burton Sergeant Goodfellow
James Cartwright Jimbo Riley No. 1 Mk III*; (S07E04)
Father Brown - Season 8 Emily Joyce Edith Dobson (S08E04) 2020
Alexander Morris Fred Dobson
Neil Pearson Sir Toby Dobson

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Eternal Darkness "Rifle" No. 1 Mk III* 2002
Rise of Nations No. 1 Mk III, used by the Black Watch unit 2003
Project Reality No. 1 Mk III* and No. 1 Mk III* (HT) 2005
Forgotten Hope 2 "Lee-Enfield No1 MkIII*" Optional bayonet and rifle grenade launcher No. 1 Mk III* 2007
The Royal Marines Commando "Lee Enfield" No. 1 Mk III 2008
Karma Online "Lee-Enfield" No. 1 Mk III* (HT) 2011
Sniper Elite V2 No. 1 Mk III* 2012
The Great War 1918 No. 1 Mk III* 2013
Sniper Elite III Lee-Enfield Mk. III No. 1 Mk III* (HT) 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III bayonet No. 1 Mk III* 2014
Verdun SMLE No. 1 Mk III* 2015
Battlefield 1 "SMLE MKIII" No. 1 Mk III* 2016
Screaming Steel: 1914-1918 No. I SMLE No. 1 Mk III* 2018
11-11: Memories Retold No. 1 Mk III* 2018

Animation

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

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Castle in the Sky Soldiers Hybrid of No. 1 Mk III* and No. 4 Mk I with Gewehr 98 elements 1986
Porco Rosso Pirates No. 1 Mk III* 1992
Black Butler I Azzurro's assassin S1E02, scoped No. 1 Mk III 2008 - 2009
Corraro's henchman S1E21, No. 1 Mk III
Royal Guard S1E23, No. 1 Mk III
Joker Game British/Commonwealth militaries No. 1 Mk III* 2016
The Dragon Dentist Enemy soldiers No. 1 Mk III* 2017
Princess Principal Kingdom soldiers and sailors No. 1 Mk III* 2017
Beatrice Ep. 05; No. 1 Mk III*
Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden Ep. 08, No. 1 Mk III* 2018
Aidan Field Ep. 11, No. 1 Mk III*
Garderik and Ctrigall troops Ep. 01/08/09/11/12, No. 1 Mk III* and Mk III* (HT)
Golden Kamuy - Season 1 Ep. 04 "Grim Reaper", No. 1 Mk III* 2018

Lee-Enfield No. 4

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I - .303 British
Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T) - .303 British

First placed in service with the British military in 1941, the Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during World War II. However, it was supplemented heavily with the older Lee Enfield No. 1 Mk III. The No. 4 can be distinguished from the No. 1 by its protruding barrel and redesigned iron sights. The Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T) is a sniper variant of the No. 4.

A further simplified version known as the No. 4 Mk I* was produced in North America in 1942, featuring a simplified bolt release catch.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Paratrooper British paratroopers No. 4 Mk I 1953
German soldiers No. 4 Mk I
Outpost in the Mountains (Zastava v gorakh) Brigands No. 4 Mk I 1953
The Bridge on the River Kwai Japanese P.O.W. guards No. 4 1957
Ice Cold in Alex British soldiers, bedouins No. 4 Mk I 1958
The Square Peg Norman Wisdom Norman Pitkin No. 4 Mk I 1959
Edward Chapman Mr. Grimsdale
Campbell Singer Sgt. Loder
British soldiers
North West Frontier Rebels and British and Indian soldiers No. 4 1959
The Giant Behemoth British soldiers No. 4 Mk I 1959
Gorgo Christopher Rhodes McCartin No. 4 Mk I 1961
British soldiers No. 4 Mk I
Dr. No Royal Navy sailors No. 4 1962
The Longest Day British troops No. 4 Mk I 1963
From Russia with Love SPECTRE agents No. 4 with Energa rifle grenades 1963
The Ipcress File No. 4 Mk I, No. 4 Mk I (T) and SMLE with the attached grenade discharger cup 1965
Help! Buckingham Palace guards No. 4 1965
The Heroes of Telemark Richard Harris Knut Staud No. 4 1965
Check Passed: No Mines (Provereno nema mina) Yugoslavian soldiers No. 4 Mk I 1965
Cast a Giant Shadow Kirk Douglas "Mickey" Marcus No. 4 Mk I 1966
Judith Peter Finch Aaron Stein No. 4 Mk I 1966
Haganah members No. 4 Mk I
Poppies Are Also Flowers Brigands, Colonel Salem's men No. 4 Mk I 1966
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
Dark of the Sun Simbas No. 4 Mk I 1968
How I Unleashed World War II British soldiers No. 4 1970
Kelly's Heroes U.S. soldier No. 4 1970
The Stolen Train (Otkradnatiyat vlak) Turkish border guard No. 4 1971
Sitting Target Police sniper No. 4 Mk I (T) 1972
Zardoz Exterminators No. 4 1974
The Wilby Conspiracy Black Congress militants No. 4 Mk I 1975
Sholay Dharmendra Veeru No. 4 Mk I 1975
Amitabh Bachchan Jai
Amjad Khan Gabbar No. 4 Mk I
Gabbar's brigands No. 4 Mk I
Paper Tiger Ronald Fraser Sgt. Forster No. 4 Mk I 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. 4 Mk I
A Bridge Too Far Anthony Hopkins Colonel John Frost No 4 Mk 1* 1977
British troops
Escape to Athena Greek resistance fighter No. 4 Mk I 1979
The Outsider (1980) Frank Grimes Tony Coyle No. 4 1980
IRA gunmen
Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure John Fujioka Kamasuka No. 4 Mk I 1981
Gandhi British and Indian soldiers and (Nepalese) Gurkhas No. 4 1982
Bukit Kepong Malayan Police officers No. 4 Mk I 1982
Communist gunmens
Police Jungle Squad
Octopussy Kamal Khan's guards No. 4 Mk I 1983
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom British and Indian Army soldiers No 4. Mk I 1984
Project A Part II Hong Kong Police Force constables and Marine Police sailors No. 4 Mk I 1987
Rambo III Mujahideen fighters No. 4 Mk I 1988
Farewell To The King Frank McRae Sgt. Tenga No. 4 Mk I with sniper scope 1989
Afghan Breakdown Mujaheddins No. 4 Mk I 1991
Shadow of the Wolf Donald Sutherland Henderson No. 4 Mk I 1992
Land and Freedom Spanish Republicans Militia member No. 4 Mk I; anachronistic 1995
The Lost Battalion US soldiers No. 4 Mk I 2001
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
Curse of the Komodo William Langlois Prof. Nathan Phipps Customized No. 4 Mk I 2004
Black Book Canadian soldiers, Dutch resistance No. 4 Mk I 2006
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
Max Manus: Man of War Nicolai Cleve Broch Gregers Gram No. 4 Mk I 2008
Norwegian resistance
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
Day of the Falcon (Or noir) Amar's, Nesib's and Auda's men No. 4 Mk I 2011
The Water Diviner Australian soldiers No. 4 2014
The Siege of Jadotville Irish soldiers No. 4 2016
All the Money in the World tribesmen No. 4 Mk I* 2017

Television

Show Title Actor Character Episode Date
The War Game British police officers and survivors No. 4 Mk I 1965
Stawka wieksza niz zycie British soldiers No. 4 1966-68
The Professionals CI5 agents and police No. 4 and No.4T; "Heroes", "Stopover", "Madness of Mickey Hamilton" 1977-1981
The Somme Patrick Kennedy Sergeant Richard H. Tawney No. 4 Mk I 2005
Nick Figgis Pvt. Burke
British soldiers
Doctor Who (New series) British soldiers No. 4 Mk I; "Victory Of the Daleks" 2005 -
Midsomer Murders Ifan Huw Dafydd Paul Bright "Dance with the Dead" (S10E01); No. 4 Mk I 2006
24: Redemption Robert Carlyle Carl Benton No. 4 Mk I 2008
Kiefer Sutherland Jack Bauer
Foyle's War - Season 7 British soldiers No. 4 Mk I; "The Russian House" (S7E1) 2010
The Promise Christian Cooke Len Matthews No. 4 Mk I* 2011
Luke Allen-Gale Corporal Jackie Clough
British paratroopers
Irgun fighters
Arab fighters
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
Grantchester - Season 1 British soldiers No. 4 Mk I; (S1E6) 2014
Father Brown - Season 3 Steven Miller Lt. Graham No. 4 Mk I; "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (S03E04) 2015
Angus Wright Col. St Clare No. 4 Mk I; "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (S03E04)
Alex Price Sid Carter No. 4 Mk I; "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (S03E04)
Foyle's War - Season 9 British soldiers No. 4 Mk I; "High Castle" (S9E1) 2015
Endeavour - Season 3 Sean Rigby DS Jim Strange No. 4 Mk I (T); "Coda" (S03E04) 2016
Police Constables No. 4 Mk I and No. 4 Mk I (T); "Prey" (S03E03), "Coda" (S03E04)
Father Brown - Season 5 Dylan Brown Terry Mitchell No. 4 Mk I; "The Penitent Man" (S05E15) 2017
Madiba South African Police personnel 2017
The Crown British forces and other commonwealth troops 1996
Endeavour - Season 5 Aldo Maland Stanlow Mk I and Mk I(T); (S05E06) 2018
Police constables and Combined Cadet Force (S05E06)
Father Brown - Season 7 Constables No. 4 Mk I; (S07E01) 2019

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
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; Unusable 2002
Battlefield: 1942 No. 4 Mk I 2002
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin No. 4 Mk I 2003
Call of Duty No. 4 Mk I 2003
Forgotten Hope No. 4 Mk I, No. 4 Mk I (T) 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 "Enfield Mk.4" No. 4 Mk I 2003
Call of Duty 2 "Lee-Enfield" No. 4 Mk I; Scoped version available in singleplayer 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
Forgotten Hope 2 "Lee-Enfield No4" Optional bayonet and rifle grenade launcher No. 4 Mk I and No. 4 Mk I (T) 2007
9th Company: Roots of Terror No. 4 Mk I (T), 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
ZombiU No. 4 Mk I 2012
Project Reality: Falklands No. 4 Mk I (T) 2012
State of Decay "Lenfield No.4 MkI" No. 4 Mk I 2013
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades No. 4 Mk I 2016
Sniper Elite 4 Lee-Enfield No. 4 No. 4 Mk I 2017
Day of Infamy "Lee-Enfield No 4" No. 4 Mk I 2017
Battlefield V Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I No. 4 Mk I 2018

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Castle in the Sky Sailor No. 4 Mk I 1986
Hellsing Ultimate Ep. 01, No. 4 Mk I seen on Wall of Guns 2006
Princess Principal Ep. 03; No. 4 Mk I seen on Wall of Guns 2017

Lee-Enfield No. 5 Mk I "Jungle Carbine"

Lee-Enfield No. 5 Mk I "Jungle Carbine" - .303 British

A carbine version of the No. 4 Mk I designed in response to requests for a smaller, lighter rifle along the lines of the M1 Carbine for airborne troops in Europe. Much of its use came in post-war conflicts such as the Malayan Emergency, where it gained the nickname "Jungle Carbine". Designed with a number of lightening cuts to save weight and a distinctive flash hider, rubber buttpad and side-mounted sling. The lightening cuts were found to allow the rifle to flex during heavy firing, changing the point of aim; this lead to the discontinuing of production in 1947, whereas the No. 4 Mk 2 was produced until 1957 before converting to the L1A1.

Produced 1944 to 1947.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Judith Haganah members 1966
British paratroopers
The Last Grenade Various characters 1970
Sholay Dharmendra Veeru 1975
Amitabh Bachchan Jai
Paper Tiger David Niven Walter Bradbury 1975
Irene Tsu Talah
Rebels
Uncommon Valor weapon cache No.5 Jungle Carbine 1983
Nineteen Eighty-Four Oceanian soldiers 1984
Farewell To The King Marilyn Tokuda Yoo 1989
Afghan Breakdown Mujaheddins 1991
The Golden Compass Tartar mercenaries, Samoyed tribesmen, Gyptian men 2007
Bravo V Communist terrorists 2015

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Battlefield V Jungle Carbine No. 5 Mk I, added in "War in the Pacific" update 2018

L42A1 / Enfield Enforcer

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

The L42A1 is the last Lee-Enfield rifle to see service. Converted from existing No. 4 Mk I (T) rifles and rechambered for 7.62x51mm NATO, the L42A1 served in the British military until 1992, when they were replaced by the L96A1.

The Enfield Enforcer was a police version of the L42A1. It differed from L42 by having more sporterised buttstock with semi-pistol grip and integral cheeckpiece.

Specifications

(1970-1992)

  • 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
Shootout at Lokhandwala Mumbai police snipers 2007
Doomsday British Army sniper With thumbhole stock and Harris bipod 2008

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
Project Reality: Falklands 2012


Ishapore 2A1

Ishapore 2A1 - 7.62x51mm NATO

The Ishapore 2A1 is an Indian version of the Lee-Enfield chambered in 7.62x51mm. It was produced between 1962 - 1974 and is currently still in service with some units, mainly Indian police. It is worth noting that they are now being actively replaced by modern weapons, but a small number are left in police reserve.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Sholay Brigands 1975
Don Police constables 1978
Me and my Demon (Nenu Naa Rakshasi) Indian police 2011


Lee-Speed Sporter

Two Lee-Speed Sporters - .303 British
Lee-Speed Sporter Rifle - .303 British

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
Hell Below Zero Alan Ladd Duncan Craig 1954
Stanley Baker Erik Bland
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
Darkness Falls seen at the Gun Shop 2003
King Solomon's Mines Gavin Hood Bruce McNabb . 2004
The Wolfman Benicio del Toro Lawrence Talbot . 2010
I Declare War nickel-plated 2012
Hold the Dark Maureen Thomas Innkeeper 2018

Television

Show Title Actor Character Episode Date
Midsomer Murders Tony Haygarth Jack Tewson "King's Crystal" (S10E03) 2007
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


Sporterized Lee-Enfield Rifles

Enfield 303 Sporter - .303 British

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Let's Not Get Angry (Ne nous fâchons pas) Seen in The Colonel's apartments 1966
Death Hunt Carl Weathers Sundog/George Washington Lincoln Brown 1981
Death Hunt Ed Lauter Hazel 1981
Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan Mick Dundee 1985
Linda Kozlowski Sue Charlton
The Emerald Forest A native hunter 1985
Crocodile Dundee II Paul Hogan Mick Dundee 1988
Linda Kozlowski Sue Charlton
River of Death Michael Dudikoff John Hamilton 1989
Charlotte Gray John Bennett Gerard 2001
October Gale Patricia Clarkson Helen Matthews 2014
Young Ones Michael Shannon Ernest Holm Sporterized No. 1 Mk III*, combination gun with Maverick Model 88 2014
Kodi Smit-McPhee Jerome Holm
Nicholas Hoult Flem Lever

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Agatha Christie's Marple Emily Beecham Elvira Blake Sporterized No.1 Mk.III, with sniper scope; "At Bertram's Hotel" (S03E01) 2007

Howell Automatic Rifle

M1915 Howell Automatic Rifle - .303 British

The Howell Automatic Rifle was a prototype semi-automatic conversion of the Lee-Enfield Rifle designed during the Great War by Nigel Howell. It came in the 10 round capacity of the original rifle or a new 20 round capacity (which was also subsequently issued as a high-capacity "trench" magazine for standard SMLE). It had an external gas tube (that operated the bolt in the brutally simple method of a curved cam that literally rotated and pushed the original, largely unmodified bolt) and a pistol grip on the stock.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Battlefield 1 Part of the Apocalypse DLC 2016


Turner Semi-Automatic SMLE Conversion

Prototype Turner-conversion SMLE - .303 British

In the 1940s, American engineer Russell J. Turner developed a prototype semi-automatic conversion for the SMLE. The conversion utilized a long piston gas system and was hammer-fired. Unlike contemporary semi-automatic Lee-Enfield conversions, the weapon had no external gas tube.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Battlefield V Turner SMLE 2018


Charlton Automatic Rifle

Charlton Automatic Rifle with 10-round magazine - .303 British
Charlton Automatic Rifle with 30-round magazine - .303 British

The Charlton Automatic Rifle, like the Howell Automatic Rifle and the Turner SMLE, is another automatic conversion of the Lee-Enfield rifle. Designed by New Zealander Philip Charlton (with assistance from Maurice Field) in the early days of WWII, the Charlton is fully automatic and can also use Lee-Metford rifles as a base. Charlton and Field presented a prototype of the conversion to the government in 1941, and received a contract to convert Lee-Metford and Enfield rifles into automatic rifles for Home Guard use. However, production ran into several difficulties, particularly with magazines, with the intended modified Bren gun magazines arriving late and then found out to be unable to fit. Most Charltons thus only had standard Lee-Enfield 10-round magazines and only the last 50 guns delivered had the 30-round Bren Gun magazines. The Australian government also contacted Charlton to convert their rifles, resulting in prototypes done by the Australian company Electrolux with a different external desgn.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Call of Duty: WWII "NZ-41" Added in 2018 update 2017


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