Название: The Lee-Enfield Rifle
Автор(ы): Martin Pegler
Иллюстратор: Peter Dennis
Издательство: Osprey Publishing
Серия: Weapon 17
Формат: PDF (E-Book)
Размер: 4,6 MB
The Lee-Enfield featured an innovative detachable ten-round magazine; this large capacity, together with the weapon's revolutionary bolt-action operation, made it possible for well-drilled shooters to fire 20 to 30 rounds in 60 seconds (the 'mad minute'). This extraordinary speed gave rise to mistaken German reports of being opposed by massed machine guns in 1914. The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE), introduced in 1903, set a new precedent in military rifles, being neither a carbine nor a full-length rifle but an ingenious compromise that was soon copied by other countries.