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Old 04-03-2018, 10:20 AM
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Exclamation SMLE Sniper with P1907 sling?

Hello. Every photo I have seen of the SMLE No4 Mk1(T) seems to have a US made Pattern 1907 leather sling. And dated ww1 sometimes. Whats the deal ? Ive been told this is correct by many people. But how?
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Several stories on this but the common one is left over WW1 stores. Oh and the SMLE is not a #4T.

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USGI 07 leather slings are better than the British web.
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I think the British/Aussie slings are pretty comfortable. Wider than the US slings too. And much faster to re-adjust. I know they don't seem like they'd hold their adjustment well, but I have never had a problem with that.
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USGI 07 leather slings are better than the British web.
Sorry the British web has to be my favorite sling ever.
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I think the British/Aussie slings are pretty comfortable. Wider than the US slings too. And much faster to re-adjust. I know they don't seem like they'd hold their adjustment well, but I have never had a problem with that.
Never had a problem.
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Several stories on this but the common one is left over WW1 stores. Oh and the SMLE is not a #4T.

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What a great rifle. What is the proper name for this rifle pictured?? I always thought it was a modified SMLE No4 Mk1.
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What a great rifle. What is the proper name for this rifle pictured?? I always thought it was a modified SMLE No4 Mk1.
SMLE is the No.1 Mk.3, which stands for short magazine Lee Enfield. Before that was the MLM (magazine Lee Metford) and the MLE (magazine Lee Enfield). The primary difference between the two is the way the barrel is rifled. The SMLE is a shortened and modified MLE.

The sniper rifle is called the No.4 Mk.1T, the T stands for telescope.

There is a sniper version of the No.1 Mk.3, called the HT. Those are practically unobtanium.

I have a No.4 Mk.1T, it's a fantastic rifle. I don't have any of the accessories though.
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I'm a big fan of the web sling for comfort.

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I'm a big fan of the web sling for comfort.

Cool rifle. I also prefer the web. Seems all the 4T rifles have a ribbed top rear hand guard. I only saw one picture with a standard hand guard. I am guessing it might be a reproduction.
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Cool rifle. I also prefer the web. Seems all the 4T rifles have a ribbed top rear hand guard. I only saw one picture with a standard hand guard. I am guessing it might be a reproduction.
Not true. Both hand guards are correct
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You CAN use the standard web sling for shooting stabilisation also if you detach from the buttstock sling swivel. Pretty useful off hand as they are heavy buggers.
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The 1907 sling when used the correct manner (not the 'hasty sling') pulls the rifle to the shoulder and stabilizes the position amazingly well. The British recognized the superiority of the 1907 pattern sling for sniping. As a method of simply carrying a rifle over the shoulder the M1907 sling is too complicated.

The Brit P37 sling is a simple method of carrying a rifle over the shoulder.




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Seems that sling wasn’t out of place
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Here is the best of both worlds. This is a copy by a guy in S. Cal. He wants $140.

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And the most uncomfortable Enfield sling ever.

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