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Deactivated SMLE MKIII Sniper Rifle

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This item is no longer available and is for refence only

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Deactivated Super Rare British SMLE MKIII Sniper Rifle. Enfield Manufactured, 1907 dated rifle, with matching numbered bolt and action. The scope is a 1915 dated Aldis Brothers example, with excellent, clear optics. The Purdy Side Mount is 1916 dated and the rifle itself has AJP (Purdy) stamps. All in excellent, original deactivated condition and Broad arrow marked. Most of these were dismantled at the end of the war, as sniping was considered dishonourable and even evil. 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. 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 and is legal within the U.K.

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Deactivated Super Rare British SMLE MKIII Sniper Rifle. Enfield Manufactured, 1907 dated rifle, with matching numbered bolt and action. The scope is a 1915 dated Aldis Brothers example, with excellent, clear optics. The Purdy Side Mount is 1916 dated and the rifle itself has AJP (Purdy) stamps. All in excellent, original deactivated condition and Broad arrow marked. Most of these were dismantled at the end of the war, as sniping was considered dishonourable and even evil. 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. 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 and is legal within the U.K.

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