Who manufactured the British 303?
|James Paris Lee, RSAF Enfield
|MLE: 1895–1904 SMLE: 1904–present
Where is 303 made?
A redesigned rifle known as the 303 SMLE (Short Magazine Lee-Enfield) was introduced in 1904 and was manufactured in India by the Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) in West Bengal. It is estimated that 17 millions of these rifles have been manufactured across the world.
Do they still make 303 British?
303 British, remains in non-stop production today, though mostly as hunting fodder. Inducted into military service in 1888, the British had developed their black powder .
Where was the Lee Enfield 303 Lee Enfield made?
The SMLE was manufactured in Australia and India, and the old faithful 4 mk1 .303 was standard-issue for the Royal Australian Regiment in the Korean War, helping to make them at least as effective as any infantry in that miserable war.
Where was the Lithgow Lee Enfield bolt action rifle made?
Short, Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) No.1 Mk III bolt action rifle in .303 British made at the Lithgow factory in Australia in 1919. (Photo: Joshua Gillem)
Where can I buy.303 British ammo?
A few ammo manufacturers still make the .303 British, and a box of 20 rounds can be found for right around the $20 mark. That box of ammo, coupled with an inexpensive piece of war history, makes for a fine day at the range, as a decent Mk III can be found for less than $500.
When did the Lee Enfield No.1 Mk III come out?
(Photo: Joshua Gillem) The SMLE No.1 Mk III was first introduced in 1907, and was a variant of an earlier Lee Enfield rifle. The manufacturers made periodic changes to these rifles in an effort to produce them as fast as possible during the peak of WWI.