Today company came from Virginia in the form of Stretch, and he, Bruce, Proud Hillbilly and I hit the range on a cold November morning.
Here's Stretch with his M1A
I brought out this Enfield #1Mk3, one of the three that I bought a few months ago from a neighbor down the street.
As such, this one has all the neat sutff that they left off of the Mk3*.
It has volley sights. This was a dumb idea that was intended to let a whole company of riflemen put rounds on a large target--another company of riflemen--up to 2800 yards away.
It also has a magazine cut-off, another dumb idea of the time. The British army was transitioning from single-shot rifles to magazine-fed repeaters, and the generals who grew up with the old rifles felt that their soldiers would waste ammunition if allowed to fire from the magazine, so this cut-off was put on the rifles to block the magazine. The idea was that with the cut-off in place, the soldiers would still fire the rifle single-shot and conserve ammunition, but when it came time to charge, or if they were being attacked, they could open the cut-off and then use the whole ten-round box.
This one also has a fully adjustable rear sight instead of the later elevation-only rears. This was not a dumb idea.
Looking over this rifle, someone was apparently unclear on the concept of the windage-adjustable rear, because they drifted the front sight post. Now I have to remove the nose cap and try to hammer it back where it's supposed to go. But as-is, I was still able to keep my rounds in the nine-ring (4x6") of the target I was firing on at 100 yards...that is until I started getting cold, at which point my accuracy fell off noticeably.
All in all, I'm happy with this one, though. And I'd fight with it if I had to.
It even has a unit-marked ID disc on the stock, dated June of 1912. No idea what NIH stands for though.