Lee-Enfield Rifle SMLE - Denix®
Lee Enfield SMLE non-firing full-size replica used by the British Army. This would make a great addition to any collectors or reenactors. Like all Denix Weapons, this prop replica uses metal (except for the wood body), contains movable parts and springs. Made by Denix®.
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A shorter and lighter version of the original MLE - the famous Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield, or SMLE (sometimes spoken as "Smelly", rather than S, M, L, E) - was introduced on 1 January 1904. The barrel was now halfway in length between the original long rifle and the carbine, at 25.2 inches (640 mm).
The SMLE's visual trademark was its blunt nose, with only the bayonet boss protruding a small fraction of an inch beyond the nosecap. The new rifle also incorporated a charger loading system, another innovation borrowed from the Mauser rifle; notably the charger system is different from the fixed "bridge" that became the standard. The shorter length was controversial at the time: many Rifle Association members and gunsmiths were concerned that the shorter barrel would not be as accurate as the longer MLE barrels, that the recoil would be much greater, and the sighting radius would be too short.