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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.
The SMLE appears in singleplayer as the main bolt action rifle used by british infantry. while the sharpshooter variant can picked up on certain spots. an SMLE with no attachments can be picked up from dead infantry soldiers.
Four 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 MarksmanEdit
The SMLE MKIII Marksman is equipped with a medium-power scope, a palm rest and a bayonet. It is the default sniper rifle for the Scout class.
SMLE MKIII InfantryEdit
The SMLE MKIII Infantry is the basic variant of the weapon. As with other basic variants, it regains accuracy over distance due to it lack of attachments.
SMLE MKIII CarbineEdit
Lawrence of Arabia's SMLEEdit
Lawrence of Arabia's SMLE is a variant of the weapon exclusive to owners of the Lawrence of Arabia pack. Similar to the Infantry variant of the weapon, it features no optical sight but iron sights instead. This allows players to effectively dispatch enemies at close ranges.