The Short, Magazine Lee-Enfield, Mk III is one of the iconic bolt-action battle rifles of the 20th century. Here's how it comes apart.
In the 1860s, at the dawn of the self-contained metallic cartridge era, the military armsmakers of Great Britain and other major powers decided to alter existing muzzleloading rifle-muskets into breechloaders. Reasons included saving production costs and buying time to permit experimentation.
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.
Faced with no ready source for sniping rifles during World War II, the Australians created one distinctly their own.
Uberti, with its Model 1885 Courteney Stalking Rifle, proves that a new-for-2020 rifle can reflect classic design, in the classic .303 British chambering no less, and still be noteworthy.
Though most users of the SMLEs traded their bolt guns in long ago, the policemen of Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India, turned in their Lee-Enfields in January 2020.
Joining Uberti's expansive lineup of reproduction guns in 2020 is the 1885 Courteney Stalking Rifle. Check it out here.