Top 10 Sniper Rifles

No 8. L42 Enfield (British)

Type Bolt-action rifle
Place of origin United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service history
In service 1895-1926 (MLE)
1907–present (SMLE)
Used by
Wars Second Boer War
First World War
Second World War
Various Colonial conflicts
Irish War of Independence
Malayan Emergency
Korean War
Nepalese Civil War
Afganistan conflict
and numerous other conflicts.
Production history
Designer James Paris Lee, RSAF Enfield
Produced 1895-1907 (MLE)
1907– (SMLE)
Number built over 17,000,000 (All Variants)[1]
Variants Short, Magazine Lee Enfield Mk. I, Mk. I*, Mk.III, Mk. III*, Rifle No. 4 Mk. 1, Mk. 1* (produced by Savage and Long Branch), Mk. 1(T) Sniper Rifle, Mk. 2, Rifle No 5 Mk. 1 (Jungle Carbine)
Weight ~4 kg (8.8 lb) depending on wood density
Length 1,130 mm (44.5 in)
Barrel length 635 mm (25 in)

Cartridge .303 Mk VII SAA Ball
Action Bolt-action
Muzzle velocity 744 m/s (2,441 ft/s)
Effective range 550 yards (503 m)[2]
Maximum range 2,000 yd (1,829 m)
Feed system 10-round magazine, loaded with 5-round charger clips
Sights Sliding ramp rear sights, Fixed-post front sights, “Dial” long-range volley sights; Telescopic sights on Sniper models.

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