Most Accuracy Problems are caused by poor fitting Fore-Ends which can normally be rectified.
We Can Undertake Most Repairs On All Types of Lee Enfield Rifles From Early Lee Metfords to the L42A1
We only use traditional methods & materials
From General Servicing to a Full Restoration
Stock Repairs & Bedding Problems
Re-barrelling - Orignal Barrels (When Available) We Also use Lothar & Criterion Barrels
Rifles Built to Order
Wood Work Stripped & Traditionally Stained so that All Parts Have an Even Colour Match
We have a large array of original British Military Lee Enfield Gauges & Specialist Tools & Many I have designed myself
The Lee Enfield Thread Form prior to the No4 (ie the
SMLE & Long Lee's) are non standard, the No4 is mostly BA threads.
Also for the Parker Hale Eye Piece & Cleaning Rods
Customer just brought in a SMLE he had just purchased wondered why the fore-end was moving about
There are two types of bedding for all the Lee Enfield
The purpose of bedding is to control the vibratory effect
of the barrel when fired and to ensure it is consistent between shots
The No4 Fore-End has 6 main bearing surfaces that need to contact with the barrel & action at the correct pressure when being set up.
I always start with the draws that need to be fitted
correctly which push the for-end up against the butt socket.
New Draws being fitted to a SMLE, using Lamp Black to acheive the correct fit.
Lee Enfield No4 - Main Bearing Points
Lee Enfield No4 Bedding Issues at The Muzzle
The .303 Bore Size
The Bore Diameter is Gauged When New at .303" Accept & .305" Reject
The 1957 REME Inspection Standards "Application of Gauges & Examination of Small Arms & Machine Guns" - Base Workshops
Armourers Plug Gauge 0.307" Must Not Enter The Muzzle more than a 0.250"
Unit Standards the 0.308" Gauge Must Not Enter The Muzzle more than a 0.250", the 0.307" Must not pass through the barrel
This is taken from the WW2 REME Armourers Instructions:
This Is One Of The Several Sets Of Plug Gauges; We Use To Gauge Barrel Wear
Conversion of No4 Mk1 Fore-Ends to No4 Mk2 Pattern
Depending on the Fore-End we would use Walnut, Beech or Birch Inserts
Lee Enfield Magazines
With the different magazine lips for the 7.62mm round,
part of the magazine well had to be machined.
The Parker Hale T4 had this machining on the later conversions, but on the earlier versions utilised the .303 magazine, which was used as a loading platform only.
Most of the No4 7.62mm Conversions by the trade never had this machined clearance, and encounter feed difficulties when using the 7.62m magazine
British Armoury Circa 1890's
Long Lees With Their Pattern 88 Bayonets Stored in Numbered Racks
Its Very Common For British Arms to Have Rack Numbers
Stamped On Them
The Armourers Shop behind the Canadian lines at Vimy Ridge. May, 1917.
Lee Enfield Battlefield Pick Ups
The Armoury of the 149th Bombing Squadron at their aerodrome near St. Omer, 19 July 1918.
Armourers Work Bench - Lee Metfords
Armourers Instuctions Schematic - Lee Metford MkII
Armourers Instuctions Schematic - Lee Enfield No7 Mk1
Armourers Schematic - Skeleton Action SMLE
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