Highwood Classic Arms

Lee Enfield Servicing & Repair

SMLE & No4 Lee Enfield

Contact Simon Pemberton on Mobile 07952 119609 or Email: highwoodclassicarms@hotmail.co.uk


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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

Replacement Draws Fitted

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

Stock & Fore-End bedding: Standard Military Specification or Service Rifle "B" Centre Bedding


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.
The SMLE can have a mixture of the original threads and parts manufactured post WW2 using the BA Thread Form.

We have most of the taps & dies that cover all these thread forms

Also for the Parker Hale Eye Piece & Cleaning Rods


Lee Enfield Bedding

Customer just brought in a SMLE he had just purchased wondered why the fore-end was moving about

Lee Enfield Bedding

There are two types of bedding for all the Lee Enfield Models

Standard Military or Non Standard

The Non Standard is know by various names i.e. Bisley Method, Regulated etc

Word of Warning: Early barrel bands on Long Lees can be bedded for target use using Asbestos

The purpose of bedding is to control the vibratory effect of the barrel when fired and to ensure it is consistent between shots
Ideally the bullets should leave the muzzle when the barrel is at its neutral position

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.
If there is to much float in excess of 0.010" accuracy will be effected.

New Draws being fitted to a SMLE, using Lamp Black to acheive the correct fit.

Lee Enfield No4 - Main Bearing Points
Military Specification

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"

WW2 Standards

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

Just been Stained - Waiting To be Oiled

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 7.62mm Round is shorter, so the magazine lips are postioned closer to the rear.

This applied to all the 7.62mm Conversions:
L42A1, L39A1, 7.62mm CONV, Enfield Envoy, Enfield Enforcer.

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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