Ian Skennerton and Brian Labudda. Australian SMLE variations: Factory production, parts identification lists, conversion notes, disassembly parts drawings bayonets and accessories.
Ian Skennerton and Brian Labudda. Australian SMLE SMLE Short Magazine Lee Enfield
SMLE Simulated Maximum Likelihood Estimation
SMLE Small Medium Local Exchange
SMLE Small, Medium and Large Enterprise variations: Factory production, parts identification lists, conversion notes, disassembly parts drawings bayonets and accessories Arms & Militaria mil·i·tar·i·a
Objects, such as weapons and uniforms, that are connected with warfare or military service and are usually collected for their historical interest. Press, PO Box 80, Labrador Qld 4215, pbk, 48 pp, 2004, ISBN ISBN
International Standard Book Number
ISBN International Standard Book Number
ISBN n abbr (= International Standard Book Number) → ISBN m 0-949749-49-4, $11.00. see www.skennerton.com.
This treatise, No 19 in the Small Arms Identification Series, is another windfall for collectors of Australian made Lee-Enfields, as it provides a rationale and much needed guide on the subject. The Lithgow Small Arms Factory has a proud record of serving Australia in two world wars and the Korean War and its story is briefly but ably told here. As well, its far from insignificant range of sporting rifle products is touched upon. However, the main theme of the book, are the SMLE variations and these are treated thoroughly. A collection of such items would be a desirable heritage entity in itself. Information on other items that never went into production, such as the RAAF RAAF Royal Australian Air Force
RAAF n abbr (Mil) (= Royal Australian Air Force) → australische Luftwaffe f pilot survival rifle in .22 rim fire make interesting reading, as do various other test rifles that were not proceeded with.
The many drawings and photographs are helpful in sorting out what was what and how it differed from standard British practice. Photographs of the Lithgow factory and photos of the feeder factories at Bathurst, Orange, Forbes and Wellington (NSW NSW New South Wales
Noun 1. NSW - the agency that provides units to conduct unconventional and counter-guerilla warfare
Naval Special Warfare ) are especially interesting. For collectors, the sections on serial numbers and markings (factory, annexe an·nexe
n. Chiefly British
Variant of annex.
annexe or esp US annex
1. an extension to a main building
2. and inspection) will prove helpful in identifying and validating claims about a particular weapon. The section on bayonets and accessories features official drawings of the Owen Mk 1/1 bayonet (with 8 inch blade) as made from a Pattern 07 bayonet, and the parachutist machete bayonet.
In short then, this book is full of information, some of it surprising, that every serious collector of Australian SMLEs needs.