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IRL SMLE MKIII

The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mark III in real life.

The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mark III, or SMLE Mk. III, is a British bolt-action rifle. The Mark III was an evolution of the Magazine Lee-Enfield, as the name suggests it was shortened by about 5in or 13cm, and was introduced in 1907. Complexity of manufacture meant that a simplified variant, the SMLE Mk. III*, was introduced in 1915. Firing .303 British from a 10-round internal magazine, it had double the capacity of most other nations' rifles. British infantry wielding the rifle were also known for the "mad minute", an exercise during which they could reach upwards of thirty rounds per minute.

The weapon was very widespread within the Commonwealth nations, being used by Canada, the Raj, and ANZAC as well as Britain itself; many variants were developed, including the No 4 that appears in Battlefield 1942.

Battlefield 1Edit

"A British bolt action rifle with a high magazine capacity, excellent for medium to long range use."
— In-game description

Two variants of the SMLE MKIII are featured in Battlefield 1 for the Scout kit. It was first seen briefly during the reveal trailer. The first time, several are seen being wielded by British infantry in a trench; the second time, one is seen silhouetted against an explosion, again seen wielded by a British infantryman.

SMLE MKIII SharpshooterEdit


The SMLE MKIII Sharpshooter is equipped with a medium-power scope, a palm rest and a bayonet.


SMLE MKIII CarbineEdit


The SMLE MKIII Carbine variant has a shorter overall length compared to other versions of the weapon, in addition to a cheekpiece on the stock. It is equipped with a magnified aperture sight, suitable for medium range engagements, as well as a bayonet. It has marginally increased hip-fire accuracy over its longer-range versions.

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