As I took up the sport of U.S. style high-power rifle competition learning first with a Springfield Armory M1A back in the day they were still made from surplus TRW parts and later with the rapidly evolving AR-15 Service Rifle, I would turn back to the Lee-Enfield and wonder about how it fit into the grander scheme of things. There were books but these were merely remote curiosities. The advent of the internet and the connectivity it enabled across the planet beginning in the late 1990's changed all of that. Suddenly, these ideas and these parts were no longer so remote.
Originally written 9/7/2005.
|The Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk1 set up for target shooting with an AJP 4/47 micrometer rear sight, a tuned Huber trigger and a U.S. rifle sling. This one has an unusually accurate barrel. It loves 174 gr. Sierra Mach Kings.|
|A.J. Parker 4/47 sight.|
This view shows the replacement ejector screw which is longer than the original. Notice the hex head. They are made by Scott Stonehill at Evans Obsolete Screws in Evans, GA (706)863-7572, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|This is a no-modifications mounted sight. After tapping out the issue rear sight and removing the original ejector screw, the AJP 4/47 is attached to the rifle. This view shows the replacement ejector screw on the left side of the rifle.|
|This view shows the attachment screw on the right side of the rifle. Note that these screws use a British pitch which is why one goes to Scott Stonehill for the parts.|
|The AJP 4/47 is 1/2 x 1/2 MOA micrometer sight that is no slouch compared even to current generation high-end Centra or Phoenix match sights. The dial precisely and repeatably.|
|The Huber trigger can be adjusted to give an excellent crisp single stage break for target shooting.|
7/2014 - In the years since this article I have shot this gun many times. It has performed admirably at club matches and I've done the Mad Minute with it a few times. Drives like a dream.