Edited by Frederic Faust
We recommend this book for anyone who has a Lee-Enfield rifle for the way it shows phantom parts drawings, lists each individual part and gives its Ministry of Defence part number. It is copiously illustrated. More particularly, this book covers Lee-Enfield Rifles No. 1 Mark III (the venerable SMLE), The Enfield No. 3 (Pattern 14), as well as Lee-Enfield Rifles No. 4 Marks I & 2.
The No. 1 MARK III, affectionately know as the SMLE was built both at Royal Enfield in England and Lithgow in Australia.
The Lee-Enfield Rifle Number 4 Mark I was built in England at a number of factories: Namely, the Royal Ordnance Factory, Fazakerley, the Royal Ordnance Factory, Maltby and finally the Birmingham Small Arms Company
A wartime expedient variation, the Lee-Enfield Rifle Number 4 Mark I* was built in Canada at the Long Branch Arsenal and in the United States of America, by Savage at Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. Many military firearms aficionados consider Rifle No. 4s (all makes and marks) to be the best bolt action rifles fielded during the Second World War.
This guide's diagrams are clear and informative. Copiously illustrated, phantom drawings of the various models of Lee-Enfield rifles, and the Pattern 14 Enfield, show in great detail all assemblies and component parts. Each part is identified by name and number.
Besides the rifles proper, also illustrated are all of the necessary accessories: Bayonets, sling and issue cleaning components, including the oil bottle, bore pull-through and wire gauze.
This collection of drawings and parts lists is highly recommended for anyone wanting a breakdown of the internal workings of their venerable rifle. It is especially helpful for identifying missing parts when rebuilding a sporterized rifle.