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No.4 Canadian Lightweight Experimental
1944 No.4 Canadian Lightweight Experimental Rifle
(Serial #J5550-12 mfg by Long Branch in Canada)

Caliber: ....................... .303 in., Mk VII Ammo
Rifling & Twist: .............. 5 groove, Enfield, Left Hand Twist
Barrel Length: .............  22.8 in (579 mm)
Overall Length: ............. 42.1 in (1077 mm)
Weight: ........................ 6 lb. 9 oz. (3.0 kg) (unloaded)
Magazine Capacity: ........ 10 rounds (magazine loaded)
Qty Mfg: ....................... Unknown

Source: ........................  The Lee-Enfield Story by Ian Skennerton (1993) - ISBN: 185367138X

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Full Length view of experimental lightweight No.4 rifle, note the lack of a receiver buttsocket and the one-piece stock.

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Full length view of the rifle.

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View of action.  Note standard No.4 rifle mag, but swept forward bolt handle and lack of a buttsocket.

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Note the lightening cut in the buttsocket and the ventilated recoil pad.

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Note the lightening cuts in the stock.

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View of receiver area.  Note swept forward bolt handle and lightening cuts to the receiver.

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Note the experimental model number (J-5550) and serial number (12) stamped on the top of the handle, as opposed to along the back.

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Note the stock re-inforcing bolt located below the bolt handle.

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Note the unique trigger guard and the stock re-inforcing bolt.

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Note the lightened receiver compared to a No.4 rifle.  Although the rifle wear a Mk1 sight altered ala T pattern (ie, removal of battle aperture), it's thought it was issued with a stamped and folded sheet metal sight.

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Side view of action.  Note the hollowed bolt handle.

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View of receiver ring.  Note the Mk1* type bolt release.

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View of bolt release, Mk1* type.

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Note the lightening mill cuts along the receiver side wall.  Also note the model and serial number markings on top of the receiver ring.

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Note the experimental model number and serial number on top of the receiver ring.

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Note the finger groove in the forestock and the lightening cut along the interface between the handguard and the forestock.

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Note the typical No.4Mk1 type stock band and sling swivel.

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Detail view of the stock lightening cuts.

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Note the thin barrel profile and the typical No.4 rifle type nose-ieces on the handguard and stock.

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Note the unique front sight guard and thin profile barrel.

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Quarter view of rifle.  Note the unique front sight arrangement.

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Note the front sight and multi-groove rifling.

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Note the unique split front sight arrangement, apparently held in position by a barrel key in a slot, and secured by opposing transverse screws.  the barrel accepts the standard No.4 rifle bayonet.

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Full length view of experimental lightened No.4 rifle.

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Note the unique front sight arrangement reminiscent of the No.1MkVI "waisted" front sight.

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Note the non-typical lightening mill cuts in the receiver, also note the lightening cut behind the late-pattern Longbranch safety switch.

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View of receiver area showing the material milled away as compared to a standard No.4 action.

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Note the stock re-inforcing bolt.

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Note the mill cut behind the safety lever.

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Note the low mauser-style thumb cut in the receiver sidewall and the amount of material removed as compared to a standard No.4 action.

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top view of action.

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Top view of open action.

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Note markings on bolt handle and swept-forward shape ala P14 bolt.

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Top view of closed action.

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View from rear with raised sight.

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Bottom of barrel, note bottom of front sight assembly.

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Standard Lee Enfield No.4/No.5 type magazine.

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Stock wrist.

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Note the rubber ventilated butt pad markings, reminiscent of the EAL butt pad.

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Rear view of rifle.

   
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