While the British No. 5 Lee-Enfield “Jungle Carbines” are well-known guns, the Australian No. 1-based jungle rifles have languished in obscurity. They never went beyond the trials phase and are commonly faked. Here’s the real story on what are likely the rarest versions of the World War II Lee-Enfield.
My passion is collecting old British Lee-Enfield rifles. Reading books on Lee-Enfield rifles, investigating their proofmarks and regimental markings, and exploring their developmental history is all part of the fun.
Ian Robertson, a sniper with 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, relayed a story of the Australian SMLE sniper rifle in action during the Korean War.
See how one enthusiast accomplished his restoration of a WWII-era Lithgow Arms Short Magazine Lee Enfield.