Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk I* Rifle

Unit New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Accession Number REL28445
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Physical description Brass, Metal, Wood
Place made United Kingdom: England, West Midlands, Birmingham
Date made 1902
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
First World War, 1914-1918
Period 1900-1909

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.

History / Summary

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 rifle, these 'Long Lee-Enfields' were sold out of service put into the civilian market. 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.