|Unit||New Zealand Mounted Rifles|
|Physical description||Brass, Metal, Wood|
|Location||Main Bld: First World War Gallery: The Anzac Story: Gallipoli: Anzac The Landing|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England, West Midlands, Birmingham|
South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
First World War, 1914-1918
Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk I* Rifle
Magazine Lee-Enfield Mark 1* bolt action rifle. Receiver stamped with a crown over ER BSA&Co 1902 LE I* under the bolt arm. The butt is marked with the BSA company roundel, I* and the tang stamped TAS arrow RC arrow 1727 DP. Complete with stacking swivel, magazine cut off, long range volley sights and a pressed metal fore sight cover. The sight cover can be removed from the rifle.
The impressed stampings on the brass end of wooden butt of this rifle indicate that it was issued in Tasmania around the turn of the 20th century. After being replaced by the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) rifle, these 'Long Lee-Enfields' were sold out of service put into the civilian market. Several did see service on the Gallipoli Peninsula with New Zealand Mounted units before they were replaced with the SMLE.
This particular rifle used by a military rifle club and maintained to a very good standard. It was donated from the estate of the late Lieutenant Colonel Denis A Lane.