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Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Combat8mm, Sep 24, 2015.
Here are a few photos of my LSA 1909 dated no.1 mki*** enfield rifle.
Very cool piece. What is that lever/dial thing on the left side?
Until the revision of the design in 1916/17, when the magazine cut-off was removed, along with the volley sight [front and rear], the British Army had practiced shooting massed volleys of long-range fire at groups of the enemy. This later version of the L-E was called the MkIII* - called the mark three star.
Infantry would engage the enemy at ranges of up to 2400 yards [yes, really] en masse, with company and even battalion volleys. Trust me, six hundred and sixty riflemen each shooting fifteen rounds a minute in 'slow fire by rank' will leave a mark on massed advancing troops or supply trains. This military principal had somewhat earlier worked very well against the Ma'ahists in Abyssinia, when Egyptian troops under command of a British colonel who knew his Sniders waited until the maximum number of fuzzy-wuzzies was in the correct 'beaten range of first and last catch', and ordered his entire army to open fire by rank, front to rear, kneeling as they did so so as not to catch a 535gr Snider bullet in the ear'ole. The result was around six thousand dead and wounded enemy in less than a minute.....
It worked rather less well against the sneaky Boers, who spaced themselves out in a thoroughly unsporting and decidedly unmilitarily untidy fashion around the landscape and refunged to be 'volleyed' on. And of course, in the trenches it mattered not a jot.
Damned guerrilla savages refused to become subjects of the commonwealth...
Ja, alles is hulle dink, eh?
Nog 'n les in hoe 'n klomp van die burgerlikes vasbeslote om hul eie gang te gaan, kan 'n ware indruk te maak op 'n magtige leër.
Klink bekend, is dit nie?
YOU TAKE THAT BACK!!!
My mother is a SAINT, I tell you!
Actually what Tac said was,
Yes indeed, it does at that. I salute you, good sir!
Tac, do you have a year and 'battle of' cite for that Abbysinian action? Would love to dig into that in depth.
I have an original Abbysinian Campaign medal, presented in 1868 to Private Keefe of the Cameronian Highlanders.
"For we 'ave bought her the same with the sword and the flame and salted it down with our bones......I miss my stolen Lee Enfield.
Yes, it does sound familiar........
Nice. I am off shooting my MkIII* tomorrow. Love it. I can get off my 15 in 60 as well now. If I can only get them in the center of mass.
WOW! Number 1. That is so cool!