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Lee Enfield No4 Mk1 Canadian Long-branch 303 British WW2 rifle

Lee Enfield No4 Mk1 Canadian Long-branch 303 British WW2 rifle



hi everybody I wanted to show you a video about my new to me Canadian long branch number for mark 1 star rifle this is basically a Canadian contract manufacturer of the British lee-enfield number for mark 1 and as far as I can tell it's identical obviously this rear sight for those of you who are keenly aware is not a number for mark 1 star style rear sight it's been replaced and says mark 3 on the top of the rear sight but other than that they went through various transition phases number 4 mark 1 number 4 mark 1 spar and stuff like that so but this is it the lee-enfield rifle in general as the entire type represents pretty much the ultimate pinnacle of a bolt-action rifle as far as rate of fire accuracy now a lot of that has to do with the army that's trained to use it you could have very good rifle and not have people that are trained to use it and the British they're no joke they really trained out to these kinds of distances so when you see this sliding rear sight that's not just unfounded optimism like there is on the Mosin Nagant or the k98 rifle they seriously did train volley fire at those distances so these guys are no slouch also they had a 10 round box magazine now they never detached this and changed it out in combat it was meant to always stay on the rifle the stripper clip holds 5 rounds so if you put two of these in there you've got 10 rounds in the gun that's compared to every other rifle in World War two every other bolt-action rifle in World War two is only a five shot stripper clip fed with a five shot magazine so these guys really have it together with a 10 shot bolt-action rifle the only other comparison you can draw is to the u.s. rifle of world war ii which was the m1 garand the only semi-automatic rifle that this semi-automatic battle rifle that was filled in world war ii they were doing fine with the bolt-action especially with 10 shots you can do a lot with 10 shots on a bolt-action a couple key things about this rifle that are uniquely British well first of all the whole rifle is uniquely British they're bolt actually has a rotating bolt head when you pull it out like this you can see that the bolt cans into position and the bolt head pretty much stays stationary on that rail so that's unique to their style also as is most British rifles this bolt is a cock on closing bolt so similar to the pattern 14 and the by extension the USM 1917 rifle you have to push against the spring tension and then you can go down to close to rifle normally you hit up against the stretchy spring tension there that's opposed to the k98 and the Springfield 1903 which are a cock on opening action also the safety right here is a long throw lever this is a typical the way that they did things also similar to the pattern 14 and m1917 you're safe back here and then with your thumb you reach up push that forward it's kind of a long reach but that puts you in your fire position you come back here to safe when you're unsafe the bolt is locked to where it can't open then you go here to fire and you're ready to fire the British placed a great deal of emphasis on their rifle marksmanship skills especially at long-range part of that is the trigger the trigger on this rifle is very light it's similar to the m1917 that I have and by comparison to something like k98 or even AA man a Mosin Nagant it's really nice to have a crisp trigger I mean and this is during wartime production all that sort of thing that kept a very light trigger pull on this rifle really helps in your long-range marksmanship incorporated up front is a very narrow front sight this helps you get your long-range position it's similar to the pattern 14 in 1917 as opposed to the k98 rifles which have a fairly thick post sight by comparison also the biggest difference you'll notice on a number one versus a number four rifle is this bayonet lug the barrel on a number four protrude outwards from the muzzle and you have these two locking lugs a socket bayonet would go on here and lock into position I do not have a bayonet for this rifle but you can buy them in most surplus places I've just cited this in it's new to me but it was shot very well on sight and shots now I'm going to go ahead and run it a little bit for you I'm going to be shooting at a target out there that is approximately 60 yards down range those paper targets and do a little bit of just some general shooting so you can see how it fires in functions net for bank one pain in the butt we contend rounds in there barely going hot I got a rim lock too and not a pain in the butt I don't think you can see it from here but basically what happened was it started out high into the right and so as I kept shooting I was walking it down into the left and it was able to get it close to the red ring there I would need to adjust the front sight on this rifle for my eyes and that the ranges this rifle was designed to shoot hitting a few inches high at this range would be expected it was designed to shoot you know a couple hundred meters or so so at this short range is only about 60 meters it's gonna hit a few inches high you


Reader Comments

  1. Well I’m glad I saw this video because I just changed my mind about purchasing one😧🤦🏾‍♂️

  2. 1. That rear sight is correct for the Long Branch No4 Mk1*. The MkIII refers to the Mark of sight, not the Mark of Rifle.
    2. Not all Lee Enfields are SMLE's. This is a No4 Mk1*. The SMLE MkIII/MkIII* (or No1 MkIII/MkIII* after 1926) is the actual SMLE.
    3. The Rear Aperture (battle sight flipped down) is zeroed at 300 yards with the bayonet affixed. 
    4. Side note: 2:00 – The Germans (G43/K43) and Russians (SVT40) also fielded semi-automatic battles rifles during the war. It wasn't just the Americans.

  3. Lucky there weren't any Jap soldiers hiding in the bushes. They would have run you through with a bayonet while you were fiddling with the magazine.

  4. I just picked up the same one, a 1944 Lee Enfiend No4 Mk1* Long Branch. I haven't shot it yet but mine seems to be in very good condition and I think parts of the stock were replaced but most of the rifle are original parts.

  5. As a fallow number 4 mk1 owner I think you should stand and hang your head in shame. .Ps the SMLE was designed by Remington and brought by the British. Americans didn't like the rifles.

  6. The clips are technically called charger clips not "stripper" clips according to the Lee Enfield field manual. They are also designed to be loaded 5 cartridges at a time. To load more than 5, you fire 1-2 rounds and then load another 5 leaving 8-9 cartridges in the magazine. This was a significant advantage over its contemporaries during the war. The spring in the magazine can also make it hard to hold 10 cartridges. The field manual also states that the magazine was meant to be removed only for cleaning or servicing, and not for reloading (like modern magazines). Issuing charger clips was far cheaper than magazines and during a war, you need to keep things simple and as cheap as possible in order to keep the war machine going.

  7. Winston Churchill just rolled over in his grave. I know Technical difficulties! it get the best of us. Still decent video good shooting shows power of weapon.

  8. The MkIII marked sight is absolutely correct for this rifle and is probably original. The MkIII refers to the version of the sight, not the No4 MkI* rifle itself.

  9. The M1 was not entirely alone:  The Germans and the Russians also had semi-automatic rifles during the war, although they were fielded in significantly much less numbers.

  10. stripper wax 🙂 also … you'll find the sprint tension on 10 rounds is to great, and generally prone to failure .. that's why I do 9. My 2c from experience.

  11. hi,ain't you kinda worried bout what's behind your paper targets? looks like solid rock to me, i' d be kinda worried bout bullets flying back to me from bouncing off that rock pile.shakyjake out!

  12. OK because it is a tapered cartridge you must hold the tip of the first round up with your index finger and push down at the rear with your thumb. It is the same for the 7.62 x 39 cartridge. With The rimed cartridge make sure you load rim over rim.

  13. I was trained by the British Army on these, they were still used as a sniper rifle. It is advisable only to load five rounds each time. If you load two magazines it weakens the spring. .

  14. Where did you get/buy the rifle? im looking to buy one :D. The rifle was most likely made in the Small Arms Building in Mississauga

  15. G43 and SVT40 are also Semi-Auto rifles which hold 10 rifle rounds in a mag, M1 Garand is not the only semi rifle.

  16. This is NOT a SMLE!!! "SMLE" stands for Short, Magazine Lee Enfield, refering to the barrel length. This rifle became the
    No.1, Mk III* in 1931.
    This rifle is a No. 4, Mk 1*!! It has the cutout on the bolt guide for bolt removel.
    Also, the "ladder" and flip-up rear sights were used on all No.4's, when one or the other was not avalible when the rifle was put together.

  17. Thanks for the great video of a Long Branch rifle! Coming from Canada, these old service rifles are near to my heart. Good to see it being fired and enjoyed. Just wanted to point out, one of the great features of these guns (especially from my POV as an armorer) is that the bolt heads are removable and there were 4 different lengths made. When a rifle's bolt was swapped out or etc, headspace could be instantly fixed by installing the correct bolt head in a minute. Can't do that with Mausers, etc without time consuming and difficult machining.

    The 303 British Mark 7Z cartridge was also particularly deadly, having an aluminum or wooden plug under the nose causing the center of gravity to be very far back, and the round would tumble on impact.

  18. I think that loading 10 rounds can damage the magazine spring which may be why the mag didn´t feed?

  19. Give him a break, he had just gotten the rifle and the video was made in 2012. I expect he learnt how to load the clips better to stop the rimlock and is a pro on it by now.

  20. nice review. Just to clarify, Canada is not part of the UK, as you make it sound like it is in the description. The UK includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

  21. Good Vid overall. But next time you may want to consider Nosler Type Bullets/Cartridges for a Demo. They load smoother too, and are less likely to kink or be obstructive. If you load your own .303 Ammo, and you are using Speer type Bullet's…you may want to sink them a bit more into the neck of the Cartridge! I've used these for years and have never had the problems that you are experiencing? Nevertheless…A very good Rifle! At least it's not a Ross Rifle!

  22. I've owned a half a dozen .303's in my life and had found that the stripper clip was mostly a waste of time. I always bought extra magazines (during ww11 nz troops would scrounge extra mags as well) and pre-loaded them for use. The stripper clips tended to lay the bullets flat in the magazine, hence, preventing the bullets to load properly. If you use pre loaded magazines, replacing them was faster then using strippers. All you have to do is when replacing a magazine is to give it a tap on the ground or rifle and the bullets would pop up ready for loading. Using magazines instead of strippers, the average joe should get 30 to 40 rounds off. Sorry, that was my 2 cents worth. I always loved the SMLE, and class it as the best bolt action army rifle in the last 100 years. You should try the "Mad Minute", which was was hitting a 12in steel plate at 200yds with 15 shots in a minute.

  23. i know its already been said, but yes it looks like the problem started with your load on the stripper clips. they need to be stacked 3 down 2 up or vice versa 2 down 3 up whichever your rifle prefers. then just before I load up I check there all tight and pressed to the bottom of the clip. shouldn't have any problems after that.

  24. the enfield is a very reliable gun you simply can't operate it. in Cadets we use these for drill and we need some bolted ones for 21 gun salutes and vollies during sunset parade. we're taught how to load them and what you did was wrong

  25. one of the best guns in my opinion, just learn to use the gun before you make a video about it, still a good vid.

  26. Make sure to load the individual cartridges correctly in the stripper clips and double check they have not fouled on anything somehow.  Then, while loading, you shouldn't need to use both hands.  For single-handed loading of the internal magazine, grab the top round and use your index finger to put upward pressure on the tip of the bullet. Then, use your thumb to push down on the rest of the cartridges all at once. With good technique and some practice, you'll be able to load both stripper clips smoothly and quickly.  Happy Shooting!

  27. This is the worst Lee Enfield I have seen, Usually they load smoothly & without rim lock… This Gun just have a bad magazine or the rounds were not put in the stripper clips properly.

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