British Lee Enfield SHT LE MK III 410 Rifle, PENNY
Used Condition
FFL is required
Current Bid
$230.00
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$389.00
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11 Bids Bid History
Time Left 15 min rule
Item has Ended
7/30/2017 9:00 PM
Item 669188563
Location Adams, MA 01220
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DESCRIPTION: This is a British Lee Enfield SHT LE MK III rifle in .410 gauge. This gun rates at good condition. The metal has a lot of it's military finish as well as a brown patina. The wood is very good. The following information about these interesting guns has been used with the kind permission of a fellow seller here on GunBroker, juanmora. He did the research, and kindly agreed to allow me to use his info.

This is a Lee Enfield manufactured in 1918, at the London Small Arms Factory, (LSA). Lee is the name of the rifles designer Enfield is the town where the Royal Small Arms factory was located.

The rifle was converted in India at the Rifle Factory, Ishapore, after the First World War (1931) to a single shot musket. The magazine well was filled with a wooden block and the barrel reamed to .410" smooth bore.

The rifle has on the left hand side strap is stamped 410 RFI (Rifle Factory Ishapore) 1931. On the other side of the strap is stamped the original British crown stamp over GR (Government Rifle) and 1918 followed by Sht LE and III. In 1926, Great Britain did away with the "SHT LE" acronym and replaced it with "SMLE No 1 Mk III".

The rifle still has the matching bolt and receiver serial numbers, # 87505. The forestock of the rifle and the front sight protector also have the same matching serial numbers.

The rifle also has the original 2000 yard rear site and the slot for the magazine cut off (sliding plate). This feature was deleted in 1915 as a cost saving during WWI.

The bore is very bright. The wood has numerous dings, please see photos. The rifle is modified to fire a .410 inch Indian Musket Ball, Blank & Buckshot in 1932 The Musket round is a standard 303 brass case with a less reduced neck.

The chamber has been reamed out sometime in it's past life to accept standard .410 gauge shotshells. I have shot 2 2/3" shells through it. The action is PLENTY strong for the pressures developed by the standard .410 shells. This avoids the problem of having to hand make the brass and hand load them for shooting this great gun.

Some interesting History: The memory of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 lingered long in the minds of the British and so they ensured that the large native militia and police units were always armed with weapons inferior to those of the Indian and British armies yet were effective enough to do their job.

For many years these units had been armed with smooth bore versions of British weapons and this continued with the introduction of the .410 Indian Musket in the 1920s.

These were SMLE rifles smooth bored to .410 inch caliber and converted to single shot .410 inch Ball Mark I. "Cartridge S.A. Ball Breech Loading Smooth Bore .410 inch Cordite Mark I" was approved to design KF360 for service in Indian Army Lists of Changes, Paragraph A.445 dated February 1929.

The case consisted of a straight sided un-necked .303 inch cartridge. The bullet was a round ball of .409 inch diameter made of an alloy of 95% lead and 5% antimony. It was held by the mouth of the case being turned over the ball projectile and a single cannelure below the ball. The propellant was about 14.5 grains of chopped Cordite size 1/.05. There was a thin glazeboard disc below the bullet and a similar one immediately above the propellant. The space between these discs was filled with two felt wads separated by a millboard wad between them. Muzzle velocity was about 1,700 fps.

.410 inch Buckshot Mark I "Cartridge S.A. Buckshot Breech Loading Smooth Bore .410 inch Mark I" was approved to design KF516 for service in Indian Army Lists of Changes Paragraph A.1042 dated June 1930. The case consisted of a straight sided un-necked .303 inch cartridge, closed with the mouth folded over the shot. The shot consisted of eighteen buckshot with one glazeboard disc above and a millboard disc below. The propellant was 17.5 grains of Cordite size 1, above which was a glazeboard disc and felt wad.

During the First World War, the SHTLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield) Mk III was found to be too complicated to manufacture (an SMLE Mk III rifle cost the British Government £3/15/-) and demand was outstripping supply, so in late 1915 the Mk III* was introduced, which incorporated several changes, the most prominent of which were the deletion of the magazine cut off mechanism, which when engaged permits the feeding and extraction of single cartridges only while keeping the cartridges in the magazine in reserve, and the long-range volley sights.

The windage adjustment of the rear sight was also dispensed with, and the cocking piece was changed from a round knob to a serrated slab.

Rifles with some or all of these features present are found, as the changes were implemented at different times in different factories and as stocks of existing parts were used.

The magazine cut-off was reinstated after the First World War ended and not entirely dispensed with until 1942. Conversion of rifles to smooth bored guns was carried out in several locations, at various times, for varying reasons. RFI (Rifle factory Ishapore) in India, converted a large number of Mk III rifles to single shot muskets, chambered for the .410 Indian Musket cartridge.

These conversions were predominantly for issue to police and prison guards, to provide a firearm with a much-reduced power and range in comparison to the .303 cartridge.

A further likely consideration was the difficulty of obtaining replacement ammunition in the event of the rifle's theft or the carrier's desertion.

The MK III rifles were also converted and issued to various groups including Military support personnel throughout the British Empire including Africa and Australia.

This is a very interesting little gun, and is a great experience to shoot. This gun is also C&R Eligible.

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