The Magazine Lee Enfield MkI (L.E. MkI) was the first in a long series of Lee Enfield Rifles and was approved on the 11th November 1898.
To all intents and purposes, it is identical to the Lee Metford MkII*, with the exception of a new barrel, with Enfield rifling, and the receiver body markings.
On the 19th May 1889, clearing rods were abolished in
Britsih Service, which meant that rifles & carbines of future manufcature
were made wthout clearing rod holes in the
This resulted in a new designation of L.E. MkI*. Clearing
rods were withdrawn from arms which had been fitted with them, and this
is the reason why few of the early
The official date for the L.E. MkI* was 7th August 1899.
Sparkbrook Manufactured 83,294 MkI* Rifles
This is a nice example with a mint bore. Matching
Numbers on Barrel, Bolt & Action.
Also fitted with the windage adjustable rear sight as used on the Charger Loading Lee Enfield MkI*