Lee Enfield SMLE

Type: Bolt-action rifle

Place of origin: United Kingdom

Service history

In service: 1895-1926 (MLE), 1907¨Cpresent (SMLE)


Second Boer War

First World War

Second World War

Various Colonial conflicts

Irish War of Independence

Malayan Emergency

Korean War

Nepalese Civil War

Afganistan conflict

and numerous other conflicts

Production history

Designer: James Paris Lee, RSAF Enfield

Produced: 1895-1907 (MLE), 1907¨C (SMLE)

Number built: over 17,000,000 (All Variants)


Short, Magazine Lee Enfield Mk. I, Mk. I*, Mk.III, Mk. III*, Rifle No. 4 Mk. 1, Mk. 1* (produced by Savage and Long Branch), Mk. 1(T) Sniper Rifle, Mk. 2, Rifle No 5 Mk. 1 (Jungle Carbine)


Weight: ~4 kg (8.8 lb) depending on wood density

Length: 1,130 mm (44.5 in)

Barrel length: 635 mm (25 in)

Cartridge: .303 Mk VII SAA Ball

Action: Bolt-action

Muzzle velocity: 744 m/s (2,441 ft/s)

Effective range: 550 yards (503 m)

Maximum range: 2,000 yd (1,829 m)

Feed system: 10-round magazine, loaded with 5-round charger clips

Sights: Sliding ramp rear sights, Fixed-post front sights, "Dial" long-range volley sights; Telescopic sights on Sniper models