WWII Lithgow LSA Australian SMLE MKIII* .303 British Bolt Rifle, 1943 C&R

Sold For: $1,750 

LSB#: 200909MB06

Make: Lithgow, Australia

Model: SHT LE III* (Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III). Later Designated No.1 Mk3*.

Serial Number: 60700

Year of Manufacture: 1943, C&R

Caliber: .303 British

Action Type: Bolt Action, Detachable Magazine

Markings: The import mark is split with “AUSTRALIA .303” on the right-rear behind the bridge and “IA CA SAC CA” on the right flat below the bridge. The right front of the receiver is marked with the serial number and “F.T.R.” (factory through repair). The face of the nosecap and bottom of the bolt handle are both marked with numbers that correlate to the serial number. The left front of the receiver is marked with proofs. The right side of the stock collar is marked “MA / LITHGOW / S.M.L.E. / III* / 1943″, the left of the stock collar is marked “MA 55”. The top of the front sight is marked “045”. There are scattered small proof and inspection marks as well as several broad arrows.

Barrel Length: Approximately 25 Inches

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set between two protective ears. The rear sight is an adjustable sliding sight escalator marked from “2-20” set between two protective ears.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock set has a semi-pistol grip, metal nosecap with bayonet lug & sight wings, barrel band, 2 sling loops, and a brass buttplate with a hinged door for storage in the butt. There are scattered light scuffs and nicks, most dark and finished over. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some tarnish and impact marks. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition as refurbished.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The lands are bright, the grooves are gray. The rifling is well defined. There is light erosion scattered in the grooves.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish as refinished. There is scattered thinning and light wear. Much of the surface shows discoloration from dried grease. There are some scattered light nicks and scuffs. The screw heads show use with strong slots. The markings are generally clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good condition as refurbished.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a 10 round magazine and tan canvas sling. The magazine shows erosion under the new finish and some scratches. The mag rates in about Very Good condition as refinished. The sling is marked “MECo 1943” followed by a broad arrow. The lettering is lightly worn. The sling has light handling wear. The sling is possibly a repro and rates in about Very Good condition.

Our Assessment: The Enfield SHT LE III* later had its designation changed to the Enfield No.1 Mk3*. This one was made at Lithgow in Australia for the Military back in 1943 and was around for WWII. This one has been refurbished and there are numerous historic markings that have remained strong on the metal. The bore is good and just waiting to put lead downrage. This one comes with a nice sling and a single magazine, it will add nicely to an Enfield or WWII collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R rifle can be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.

WWII Lithgow LSA Australian SMLE MKIII* .303 British Bolt Rifle, 1943 C&R
WWII Lithgow LSA Australian SMLE MKIII* .303 British Bolt Rifle, 1943 C&R