British 1942 Prototype Simplified...Enfield?

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In 1942, the British government instituted a development program to design a new simplified rifle to replace the No4 MkI Lee Enfield. The CSAD (Central Small Arms Department) came up with a design using a quite simple receiver machined form a small steel billet. It was a rifle wholly distinct form the Enfield, although both were chambered for the .303 British cartridge. The simplified rifle used a front-locking bolt, a simplified cocking piece, and had a magazine holding just 6 rounds. The sights were a simple 300/600 yard rear aperture, and a crude spike bayonet could be fitted either forward for use or rearward for storage.

The project never got as far as serial production, or even field trials as far as I can tell, and only a handful of prototypes were made.

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Jim Rinkenberger

"Let's get rid of every unnecessary part. Except for these little wood cheek pieces. They serve no purpose, but they look nice."

7 months ago | [YT] | 222

Schmidt Rubin

Germans and soviets-working feverishly on assault rifles; british-let's make our mags smaller.

7 months ago | [YT] | 68

David Parsons

"A proper gun needs to have hardwood on it " I'm british and I approve this message

7 months ago | [YT] | 63

Ian Burns

"A proper gun needs to have real hardwood on it" I couldn't agree more. :)

7 months ago | [YT] | 166


Fascinating rifle, looks a bit like a Lee-Enfield and a MAS-36 had a baby.

7 months ago | [YT] | 180


It amazes me just how many of these British prototype rifles have ended up in American civilian hands.

7 months ago | [YT] | 122

Michael Free

It's the Light Improved Manufacture Enfield, LIME.
Which makes those bearing it.....

7 months ago | [YT] | 74

Andrew Dalton Ray

Off topic Ian, what do you Plan on doing once you hit 1 million subs?

7 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 197

Benjamin Johnson

A forgotten weapons video on one of the Enfield family............this makes me very happy

7 months ago | [YT] | 65

Hambone Neurosis

These videos help me to learn while I poop.

7 months ago | [YT] | 11

Mark Deavult

It’s not surprising that the British would be looking to simplify in 1942, akin to the “last ditch” weapons of Germany later in the war.

Allied losses in the Atlantic reached their largest peak in 1942, as U-Boats sunk over 500 ships between January and June alone. Starving the UK into submission was a real possibility, as supplies of food and fuel reached critical levels and the possibility of resupply seemed bleak.

The benefits of hindsight may cloud our reference points. With the Battle of the Atlantic raging in 1942, the British were certainly desperate and the outcome far from certain.

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A-1 Tetropilovstava

Somehow that's remind me of MAS-36

7 months ago | [YT] | 39


I find it interesting that the idea of using a barrel extension to save cost and time of manufacture does not seem to have been used in these type of rifles. Johnson had already used the idea in his designs and it would have allowed the use of cheap lower strength castings for the receiver.

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Christopher MacLennan

And gun jesus did praise the works of Enfield and saw that it was good...though it may have kicked like a heavenly mule

7 months ago | [YT] | 14

Michael Berthelsen

That's not a rifle and bayonet... That's a MASSIVE flat-head screwdriver!😂

7 months ago | [YT] | 3

joseph crosby mecham

Wow! No markings? That's very un-British

7 months ago | [YT] | 14

Bruce in Oz

Son of P-14?

Sten trigger?

7 months ago | [YT] | 26


When was the last bolt action rifle intended for general military service (as a mainline rifle) designed?

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Headless Chook


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Funny Farmer

The Germans were still superior in last ditch economy. In 1946 they would have literally stamped rifles from cardboard.

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