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S.M.L.E. PARTS PAGE

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S.M.L.E. No1 Mk III*

The following page is intended as a "virtual" guide to the main components of the British, Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) No1 MkIII*. Where available, pictures of variations in the components have been included. For comparative and identification purposes, the equivalent components from the No4 MkI page will be linked off the images. Components from the No1 MkIII, omitted from the MkIII*, will also be detailed under the link below.  

The information on these pages is intended for guidance only. Always consult a knowledgeable gunsmith concerning firearms safety and parts replacement.


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BASIC COMPONENT BREAKDOWN OF: SHORT MAGAZINE LEE ENFIELD (SMLE) No1 MkIII*

Click links to photographs of components:

1    Buttplate (& 2 screws)     

15  Bayonet Mount

2    Buttstock

16  Piling Swivel

3    Buttstock Marking Disk    

17  Sling Swivel

4    Bolt Body 

18 Fore-End

5   (left side) Safety/Locking Lever  

19 Backsight

6   Retaining Spring

20 Backsight Protector

7   Cocking Piece

21 Bolt Head

8   Charger Bridge

22 Breech Cover loop

9   Action Body  

23 Magazine Group

10 Rear Handguard  

24 Magazine Catch

11 Front Handguard

25 Trigger Group

12 Front Band (& screw) 

26 Trigger Guard

13 Foresight   

27 Rear Sling Swivel (& 2 screws)

14 Nose Cap

 

SMLE NO1 MkIII * Major components.

The rifle used as the basis for these photographs is an Australian SMLE No1 MkIII* manufactured by the Lithgow plant in 1941. The rifle was "Factory Thorough Repaired" at Lithgow in 1954 and was later converted to a drill purpose rifle by cutting the tip off the firing pin and removing the extractor. These photographs were taken during disassembly and cleaning of the rifle.  The 1907 Pattern bayonet shown with the rifle was manufactured in 1918 by Sanderson.

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The images below are thumbnails to speed loading time. Click on the images to view an enlarged version. The comparative picture links are not all currently operational.

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF MAJOR COMPONENTS

    Action1.jpg (67407 bytes)     stsetdp.jpg (10284 bytes)   


1      Buttplate (& 2 screws)    

buttfurn.jpg (3565 bytes)    buttrap.jpg (7865 bytes)   

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


2      Buttstock    

buttstock.jpg (11242 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


3      Buttstock Marking Disk  

stockdisk.jpg (7277 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


4      Bolt Body   

boltbod1.jpg (8768 bytes)    boltbod2.jpg (8545 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


 5      (left side) Safety / Locking Lever  

    safetygrp.jpg (10322 bytes)     safetyloc.jpg (15773 bytes)    safety2.jpg (11660 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


6      

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7      Cocking Piece

cockingp.jpg (14038 bytes)     cpiecert.jpg (10691 bytes)   Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


8      Charger Bridge       

    toprec.jpg (19626 bytes)  Chargerbridge1.jpg (13106 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


9     Action Body  

    receiver.jpg (7464 bytes)    rightrec.jpg (9301 bytes)    leftrec.jpg (10606 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


10    Rear Handguard

    rhguarddp.jpg (10023 bytes)   Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

11    Front Handguard  

fhguarddp.jpg (4896 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


12    Outer Band (& screw)  

fbandsd.jpg (7324 bytes)   Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

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13    Foresight 

foresight.jpg (10659 bytes)  FOresight2.jpg (8724 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


  14    Nosecap

nosepiece.jpg (11122 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


15   Nosecap (Bayonet mounting)

        bayofix.jpg (234062 bytes)    bayodetail.jpg (15848 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


16   Piling Swivel

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


17    Sling Swivels

rearswiv.jpg (4602 bytes)    slingswiv2.jpg (5506 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


18   Fore-End

Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


19   Back Sight

Rearsight.jpg (57755 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

20    Back Sight Protector

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


21    Bolt Head

    bolthead.jpg (15928 bytes)     bolthead2.jpg (7106 bytes)     boltheadbk.jpg (5959 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


22    Breech Cover Loop

actioncover.jpg (4476 bytes)     magrelease2.jpg (12572 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


23    Magazine Group

mag.jpg (10367 bytes)    follower.jpg (20524 bytes)    folloertop.jpg (6882 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


24   Magazine Catch

magrelease.jpg (24132 bytes)     magrelease2.jpg (12572 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

  RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


25  Trigger Group  

trigger.jpg (10150 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


26 Trigger Guard  

triggerguard.jpg (7493 bytes)     triggergaurd.jpg (24119 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


27   Rear Sling Swivel (& 2 screws)

slingswiv.jpg (7393 bytes)Check No4 Mk I* equivalent

RETURN TO SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM   


 

Click here for a gallery of Enfield pictures

Click here for images of No 1MkIII components (cut off, etc)

Click here for images of No4 Mk1 components

Click here for images of the ISHAPORE   2A1 (Rifle 7.62mm) components

Click here for images of No 5 "Jungle Carbine" components

The information on these pages is intended for guidance only. ALWAYS consult a knowledgeable gunsmith concerning firearms safety and part replacement.


OTHER LEE ENFIELD SITES WORTH A VISIT:

Enfield Discussion Board - Nice folks, super information

Jay's Lee Enfield Page - Great site

303 page - Reloading and other ammo stuff

Enfield Research Associates  - Skip Stratton's information and research page (invaluable)

Suggestions, comments, corrections and additional public domain images for publication on this page should be sent to:    CHRIS McDONALD