Reinforced (Wire Wrapped)
Serial No 61973X
Unusual And Quite Rare A Genuine Wire Wrapped SMLE
Designed For Use With Rifle Grenades
The re-inforced SMLEs were developed by the British for
two purposes and both were to prevent wounds caused by the woodwork splintering
if the barrel burst.
The purposes were for training using downgraded emergency use arms and
when the rifle was used to discharge rifle grenades.
The rifle is reinforced by wrapping copper wire which
is soldered in place to prevent it from becoming loose, there is also
a reinforcing bolt in the fore-end
to prevent the fore-end from splitting.
This particular rifle came from the trade and is believed to have come
out of a collection in France. It was Factory Thorough Repaired in 1951
at RFI which
is the Rifle Factory Ishapore. This rifle is almost in the same condition
it would have left the Factory 60+ years ago and appears to have never
been used in Military Service
and has proably had very little use in civillian ownership.
The wood has a lovely original & untouched patina and most of the
Suncorite over parkerised finish on all the metalwork is still intact,
the nose cap is the very distintive
RFI type which is more squared to the earlier versions. All serial numbers
match including the rear sight & nose cap.
The receiver has nice clear Indian post independence marks
which is the Ashoka mark, this would have replaced British Crown &
(George Rex Imperiatus, King George) Marks.
*** Re-Inforced Wire Wrapped SMLE for the Specialist
Lee Enfield Collector ***
*** Excellent Condition Including The Bore ***