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Old 06-23-2012, 12:37 PM
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Hello, I just recently acquired a sporterized Lee Enfield 303 British, Im not sure how old it is, but anyways...Its been a family gun, that just about everyone has used at least once, but the problem is that it has no open or iron sights. They were taken off way before my dad bought it at a garage sale some 30 years ago. I wanna know if there is anyone out there who makes the iron sights for this rifle, as I would rather not keep a scope on it. The rifle will be used solely for dragging through the thickest part of the woods for drives each deer season.

Any help is appreciated,
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Jake

P.S.-I dont wanna pay a whole lot for these sights, I have a really low power scope i could put on if open sights cost too much.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:27 PM
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~ Try and determine if your rifle is an MLE or SMLE, and which variation it is.
~ Check to see if either the receiver or barrel has been altered. Especially shortened barrel and receiver altered where rear sight attaches.

If everything is still original then issue sights can probably be purchased and just re-installed.

If the barrel has been shortened, or other alterations made, then aftermarket sights will have to be fitted. There may be some rear peep sights built, but aftermarket front sights are almost assuredly generic.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:34 PM
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how do u tell if it is an MLE or SMLE? and where could I buy the front and rear sights.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:17 PM
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Wikipedia seems to have a decent description of the various models, and Numrich is usually a good place to start for parts.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:18 PM
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nigonjac,

On the left side of the receiver will be some information as to Mark and Number and on the metal at the stock wrist will be a date of manufacture on some SMLE Rifles.

The Mark III rifles were as inexpensive as $9.95 in the early 1960s and the WWII model No.4 Mk1 was $13.50. There are lots of replacement sights for either rifle, so you need not pay a lot of money. If the barrel was shortened, then you will need to pay to have a new fore sight fitted. I like the SMLE and have far too many on establishment.

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Old 06-24-2012, 05:30 PM
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do you guys have a direct link to some aftermarket sights?
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:35 PM
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For what model?
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:08 PM
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it says G.R. 1917 ShtLE III* with a crown
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:36 PM
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That should be a No. 1 MkIII, I think, I'm not much of a SMLE guy.

Try the 5D-SMLE from Williams.

This page from Marbles will help with determining what front sight to choose.
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:12 PM
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here is a picture
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:27 AM
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anyone else? I guess what I would really like is a ghost ring for the rear sight, and then just a normal blade up front, if thats possible.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:18 AM
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nigonhjac,

You have a Modified Mark III rifle. The Star, "*" indicates the change. The Mark III was adopted in 1907 and had a magazine cutoff and a windage adjustable rear sight. In 1916, the Brits dropped the cutoff and windage adjustable rear sight and the Mark III became the Mark III*. In 1923, the Brits renumbered their service rifles and the Mark III became the No. 1 Mark III.

If your rifle barrel was not cut and is still about 24 inches long, it is easy to obtain and install the original sights. I have put Mark III rear sights on a few of my rifles that were Mark III* because it is a lot easier to make windage adjustments instead of drifting the front sights. If your rifle was modified, fitting a ghost ring sight is possible along with a front post sight, but you will need a gunsmith to do the work.

Hope this helps.

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Old 06-26-2012, 12:19 PM
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well the holes for the original rear sight are there, however the barrel looks as if its been cut as there are no tapped holes towards the muzzle. I guess I will go see the gunsmith and see how much it would cost. if its too much to me, I'll just throw on a low power 1-4X32 scope on her.
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