Lee Enfield #1 MkIII*
Lithgow 1941 - restored
This is a very nice, like new Lee
Enfield SMLE made at Lithgow in 1941.
It came to me with the forend cut down
and missing the handguards. It was in such good condition
otherwise I had to restore it. The forend and front
handguard were copied off one of my Lithgow Enfields and the
rear handguard is NOS. The barrel has a very good bore with
strong rifling, about 8+/10. I believe the large 'R' on the
barrel knox means that it is a arsenal replacement barrel.
It is English export marked and U.S. import marked. All
numbers match and all original parts are correct Australian
manufactured pieces. (The nosecap is original but was
renumbered to match the rest of the rifle). The butt swivel
and the rear band are correct black painted brass and the
near mint magazine, although not number matching, is in the
same serial prefix and Australian marked. All of the metal
parts retain about 95+% of the original finish. The
buttstock is original to the gun and looks like new and is
marked 'SLAZ 52' which means it was probably replaced
at the arsenal before storage or export although the rifle
is not marked 'FTR'. The action is smooth and locks
Overall a very nice, clean rifle. The
Lithgow rifles are considered to be the most accurate of all
the SMLE rifles which has made them one of the more sought
after for shooting today. These are also an excellent addition to any
The pictures will tell you more.
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