Just noticed this comment over on an article I wrote for Shooting Illustrated’s web site about the Guns of the Enemy in Afghanistan:
One type of rifle you didn’t discuss, that is frequently encountered: actual Lee-Enfield rifles (generally the No 1 Mk III type) made at the Ishapore arsenal, leavings of the British Empire. The .303 is another cartridge in the .30-06/7.62x54R class and vintage, and in the hands of a trained marksman, will easily outrange anything in 5.56
It was left by Heartless Libertarian, a very knowledgeable and experienced guy who frequently comments here and over at GunPundit. I have been under the impression that there were very few real Lee-Enfields in use, with the overwhelming majority of them being “Khyber Pass Copies.”
Well-built and not-ancient Lee-Enfields are definitely firearms to take seriously. I didn’t realize that there were more than a handful of them out in circulation.
How common are they?