Deactivated SMLE MKIII* Rifle SN. 7878 -
Deactivated SMLE MKIII* 7.62mm Rifle, in very good deactivated condition, with correct sling. Ishapore manufacture and 1948 dated. The SMLE, or 'smelly' as it was fondly known, was by far the most modern and effective rifle in use during WWI. Its ability to endure the conditions in the trenches and keep operating was second only to its rate of fire. It also had double the magazine capacity of any other weapon of the period and when you had a battalion of Tommies where each man was trained to fire at least 30 aimed shots a minute, it is no wonder that many Germans thought they were under machine gun fire. A British classic and still in use in Afghanistan, Asia and Africa. All deactivated weapons sold by D and B Militaria are deactivated in the United Kingdom and hold London or Birmingham proof marks and a certificate stating that the weapon has been deactivated correctly.