2nd Battalion the Border Regiment

The Short Magazine Lee Enfield Rifle Marks III. and IV.

DESCRIPTION OF ARMS


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Weight of the rifle with magazine empty, Mark III., about 8 lbs. 10-1/2 ozs.
Weight of rifle with magazine empty, Mark IV., about 8 lbs. 14-1/2 ozs.
Weight of sword-bayonet without scabbard, about 1 lb. 1/2 oz.
Length of butt, long, about 1 ft. 1-13/16
Length of butt, normal, about 1 ft. 1-5/16
Length of butt, short, about 1 ft. 0-13/16
Length of rifle with normal length of butt, without sword bayonet, about 5 ft. 2 ins.
Length of Barrel, about 2 ft. 1-1/4 ins.
Calibre .303 in.
Rifling system Enfield.
Twist of rifling, left hand; 1 turn in 10 ins. or 33 calibres.
Muzzle velocity, Mark VI ammunition about 2,060 f.s.
Muzzle velocity, Mark III ammunition about 2,440 f.s.
Number of grooves, 5
Depth of grooves at muzzle, .0065
Depth of grooves at breech, to within 14 in. of muzzle, .0575 in.
Width of lands, .0936
Sighting system, adjustable blade foresight, radial backsight, with vertical adjustment and windage

Names of the Parts of Rifle, Short M.L.E., Mark III

1. Blade foresight
2. Foresight block.
3. Band foresight block.
4. Key foresight block.
5. Crosspin foresight block
5A. Backsight bed.
6. Backsight bed crosspin.
6A. Backsight bed sight spring screw.
7. Backsight leaf.
8. Backsight slide.
9. Backsight slide catch.
10. Backsight fine adjustment worm wheel
10A. Windgauge.
10B. Windgauge screw.
11. Backsight ramps.
12. Seating for safety catch.
13. Safety catch.
14. Locking bolt stem.
15. Bolt.
16. Bolt head.
17. Striker.
18. Cocking-piece.
19. Striker collar with stud.
20 Bolt head tenon.
21. Cocking-piece locking recesses.
22. Locking bolt.
23. Locking bolt flat.
24. Locking bolt thumb-piece.
25. Locking bolt aperture sight stem.
26. Locking bolt stop pin recesses.
27. Locking bolt safety catch stem.
28. Locking bolt stop pin catch arm.
29. Locking bolt screwthreads.
30. Locking bolt seating.
31. Bolt cam grooves.
32. Sear.
33. Sear seating.
34. Sear spring.
35. Magazine catch.
36. Full bent of cocking piece.
37. Short arm of sear.
38. Trigger ribs
39. Trigger ribs.
40. Trigger.
41. Trigger axis pin.
41A. Magazine case.
41B. Magazine platform spring.
41C. Magazine auxiliary spring.
42. Guard Trigger.
43. Stock foreend.
44. Spring and stud fore-end.
45. Protector backsight.
46. Handguard front and rear.
47. Spring handguard rear.
48. Lower brand groove.
49. Lower band.
50. Nosecap.
51. Protector foresight.
52. Sword bar.
53. Boss for ring of sword bayonet crosspiece.
54. Swivel seating.
55. Swivel piling.
56. Nosecap barrel opening.
57. Inner band.
58. Inner band screw.
59. Inner band screw spring.
60. Butt sling swivel.
61. Sword bayonet, pattern '07.
62. Bridge charger guide.
63. Cut-off.




The above from "Rifle Exercise Simplified." (Angus & Robertson, LTD., Sydney, 1915) pages 28- 32.


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