The myths surrounding the use of cut down Lee-Enfield during WW1 are fascinating. I recently had the chance to take a look at an example of a cut down SMLE, which differed slightly in that it still had its stock – which I think makes it a more practical weapon than a truly cut down rifle.
In this video we’ll discuss the history of British WW1 tunneler and look at how they fought and ask the question would a cut down rifle have been useful in the confines of a tunnel?
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The Armourer’s Bench is a collaborative effort from Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. We will be bringing you detailed examinations of historic small arms from around the world. We will delve into the history, use and operation of the weapons using videos, blog posts and high resolution images to tell their story.