Lee Speed

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Lee-Speed
Type Bolt action rifle
Place of origin United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service history
Wars Boer War
Production history
Designer James Paris Lee
Manufacturer RSAF Enfield
Birmingham Small Arms Company
Specifications
Length 49.5 in (1,257 mm)
Barrel length 30.2 in (767mm)

Cartridge Cartridge .303 Mk I
Calibre .303 inch (7.7 mm)
Action Bolt-action
Rate of fire 20 rounds/minute
Muzzle velocity 2,040 ft/s (620 m/s)
Effective firing range ~800 yards (730 m)
Maximum firing range 1,800 yards (1,600 m)
Feed system 5 or 10-round magazine
Sights Sliding leaf rear sights, Fixed-post front sights, "Dial" long-range volley sights

The Lee-Speed rifle was a bolt action rifle based on James Paris Lee's rear-locking bolt system and detachable magazine. Early models were fitted with barrels using the radiused rifling designed by William Ellis Metford.[1][2] while later models used the same square "Enfield" rifling as contemporary British military rifles.

The weapon was a sporting variant of the well known Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield rifles made for civilian shooters, though often purchased by Army officers who wanted a rifle made to a higher standard of fit and finish than the issued military rifle.

Variants[edit]

No.1[edit]

Officers pattern, with bayonet mount.

No.2[edit]

Officers pattern, without bayonet mount.

No.3[edit]

Trade pattern.

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