SMLE Mk. III*, introduced in 1907and in service with the British forces in the early years of the war, being sumplemented by the arrival of the No. 4.
Rifle No. 4 Mk. I, introduced in 1941, of far simpler construction than the SMLE though essentially the same rifle.
Rifle No. 6 Mk.I, a self loading version of the No. 4 introduced for field trials in 1946 after an exceedingly fast design phase the rifle proves popular if a little prone to stoppages. It uses the basic gas system of the American Garand rifle though fed from a 20 round detachable box rather than a charger.
Rifle No. 7 Mk.II*, introduced in the last months of 1947, it is shortened and takes the standard 30 round magazine designed for the Bren LMG, having a fire selector allowing fully automatic or single round fire. Slight modifications to the bolt have made it far less prone to jamming.
The rifle is initially issued to Commandos and Prartroopers while the No. 6 is more widely distributed, slowly replacing its bolt action predecessor.
The Mk. II is a cut down version of the already shortened No. 7, the * indicating Bakelite rather than wooden furniture.
Fictional evolution of British firearms in an alternative ending Second World War scenario.