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1944 Lithgow No1 MkIII*
1944 ShtLE (Short Lee-Enfield) No.1 MkIII* Infantry Rifle
(Manufactured by Lithgow, Australia)


Caliber: ....................... .303 British (Mk VII or Mk VIIz Ball)
Rifling & Twist: .............. 5 groove, left hand twist, 1 : 10
Barrel Length: ............... 25.2 in (640 mm)
Overall Length: ............. 44.5 in (1130 mm)
Weight: ........................ 8.6 lb. (3.9 kg) (unloaded)
Magazine Capacity: ........ 10 rounds (magazine loaded)
Mfg Dates/Qty: .............. Mk III SMLEs started in production at Lithgow in 1913, production of the Mk III* ended in 1956. Approximately 415,800 were produced between 1939 and 1956.

Sources: ........... The Lee-Enfield Story by Ian Skennerton (1993) - ISBN: 185367138X
............. Small Arms of the World 12th Ed. By Edward Clinton Ezell - ISBN 0-88029-601-1

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1944 Lithgow No1 MkIII*

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Left side overall.

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"MAO SMLE" - Assembled at Royal Australian Ordnance Factory, Orange, New South Wales on a Lithgow produced receiver.

"III*" - Mark of SMLE.

"1944"  - Date stock produced.

"HV" - Sighted for Mk VII or Mk VIIz Ball.


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Diffent angle of pic. 2.

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"6/45" - Indicates a "Returned to Arsenal" in June of 1945.

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Detail of front sight, top view.

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Rear sight.

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Butt socket marking detail.

"MA" - indicates receiver manufactured at Lithgow.


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Overall view buttsocket/rear receiver area.

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Rear sight detail.

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Middle band. Band is of hinged design.

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Nosecap area.

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Brass buttplate:

"OA" at top indicates part made at Orange factory.


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Buttstock, left side.

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Left side of action. Note "III" on saftey and "BA" (Bathurst factory) on side of trigger.

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Rear sight protector ears:

"OA" - manufactured at Orange.


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Band has "BA" stamped indicating manufacture at Bathurst.

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Nosecap detail. Note no holes in "ears" for sight adjustment. Holes introduced in 1944.

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Rear sight/handguard area. Note brass pins used to strengthen coachwood stock.

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Note graduations to 2000 yds.

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Rear sight base:

"OA" - Orange
"T" - unk.


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Rear handguard:

"SLAZ 43" - manuf. by Slazenger, 1943


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Front handguard:

"A8" - unk.


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Receiver serial detail.

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