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Howell Automatic Rifle IRL

A surviving Howell Automatic Rifle in reality

The BSA-Howell Automatic Rifle is an automatic conversion for the Lee-Enfield rifle. The weapon was reliable but unergonomic for the user as the force of the recoiling bolt interfered with handling.[1]

Battlefield 1Edit

This item has a Codex entry: Howell Automatic
"This self loading rifle was a reliable automatic conversion of a SMLE MKIII bolt action rifle."

— In-game description

The Howell Automatic is a weapon introduced in the Battlefield 1: Apocalypse expansion for the Medic class.

There are two variants of the Howell, the Factory and Sniper.


The Howell Automatic Factory is the standard variant of the rifle. It is equipped with a bipod by default.


The Howell Automatic Sniper is equipped with a medium power telescopic sight and bipod. The Sniper variant of the Howell also features two extra magazines of ammunition compared to the Factory variant.

Weapon SkinsEdit



  • The Howell Automatic is one of only three weapons not used by the Support class that can have AA Sights equipped in lieu of the standard iron sights, the other being the Fedorov-Degtyarev (also for the Medic class) and the Assault's SMG 08/18.
  • The weapon was originally named 'BSA Howell', but its name was changed in a pre-release update to the Community Test Environment.
  • The factory variant is the only iron-sighted self-loading rifle available to the Medic that has a bipod.
  • Originally, Howell Automatic Factory has 63 reserve rounds and 105 reserve rounds for Sniper. This was fixed in Easter 2018 Update[2]