The Lee-Enfield was a British bolt action rifle that was the standard issue weapon for the British Army and most Commonwealth armies from 1895-1957, seeing service in both World Wars. While there were initial reliability problems, these were resolved with the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield, which featured higher velocity rounds and improved handguards. In both World Wars and Korea, the weapon was equipped with a scope and used as sniper weapon. A 7.62mm NATO conversion, the L42A1 remained in service in this capacity until the 1990.

The weapon was finally replaced in British and Commonwealth by the L1A1 Self Loading Rifle in 1957, but but is still used by Indian and Nepalese Police forces, the Canadian Arctic Rangers, and by some militias in developing countries, most notably Afghanistan.


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