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The Short Magazine Lee–Enfield Mk III, or simply the SMLE Mk. III, is a British bolt-action rifle. The Mark III was an evolution of the Magazine Lee–Enfield, as the name suggests it was shortened by about 5 inch or 13cm, and was introduced in 1907. Complexity of manufacture meant that a simplified variant, the SMLE Mk. III*, was introduced in 1915. Firing .303 British from a 10-round internal magazine, it had double the capacity of most other nations' rifles. British infantry wielding the rifle were also known for the "mad minute", an exercise during which they could reach upwards of thirty rounds per minute.

The weapon was very widespread within the Commonwealth nations, being used by Canada, the Raj, and ANZAC as well as Britain itself; many variants were developed, including the No.4 Mk I that appears in Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield V.

Battlefield Heroes[]

For the uber variants of these guns, see Pattern 1914 Enfield#Battlefield Heroes.

In Battlefield Heroes, there are three sniper rifles that are based on the Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk III*, being specific variants of the Roderick Rifle, the Oscar's Farshot and the Pipsqueak's Popper.

Roderick Rifle[]

"This lightning fast sniper rifle rewards a quick trigger finger more than an accurate eye."

— In-Game Description


The Roderick Rifle is a weapon featured in Battlefield Heroes. It is available to the Commando class of the Royal Army. It is the counterpart of the National Army The Groundbreaker. A stolen variant of the Roderick Rifle is also available to the National Army. A super variant of the Roderick Rifle is also available.


Oscar's Farshot[]

"Sniper rifles are best when striking from a distance."

— In-Game Description


The Oscar's Farshot is a weapon featured in Battlefield Heroes. It is available to the Commando class of the Royal Army by default. It is the counterpart of the National Army The Gourmet. A stolen variant of the Oscar's Farshot is also available to the National Army. A super variant of the Oscar's Farshot is also available.


Pipsqueak's Popper[]

"This rifle has a lot of recoil but rewards those who go for the head."

— In-Game Description


The Pipsqueak's Popper is a weapon featured in Battlefield Heroes. It is available to the Commando class of the Royal Army. It is the counterpart of the National Army Stefan's Sharpshooter. A stolen variant of the Pipsqueak's Popper is also available to the National Army. A super variant of the Pipsqueak's Popper is also available.

Pipsqueak's Dapper Popper[]

"Same as the original Pipsqueak's Popper with a fresh new look!"

— In-Game Description


The Pipsqueak's Dapper Popper is a dapper weapon variant featured in Battlefield Heroes. It is available to the Commando class of the Royal Army. It is the counterpart of the National Army Stefan's Stylish Sharpshooter. A stolen variant of the Pipsqueak's Dapper Popper is also available to the National Army.


Cost[]

Weapon 1 day 3 days 7 days 14 days 30 days Forever
Roderick Rifle 150Valor Point BFH.png 450Valor Point BFH.png 35Valor Point BFH.png - 105Valor Point BFH.png 869P4F Funds BFH.png
145Battlefunds.png (Former)
Stolen Roderick Rifle 699P4F Funds BFH.png - - - 569P4F Funds BFH.png 1,139P4F Funds BFH.png
Oscar's Farshot Unlocked by default
Stolen Oscar's Farshot 699P4F Funds BFH.png - - - 569P4F Funds BFH.png 1,139P4F Funds BFH.png
Pipsqueak's Popper 150Valor Point BFH.png 450Valor Point BFH.png 35Valor Point BFH.png - 105Valor Point BFH.png 869P4F Funds BFH.png
145Battlefunds.png (Former)
Stolen Pipsqueak's Popper 699P4F Funds BFH.png - - - 569P4F Funds BFH.png 1,139P4F Funds BFH.png
Pipsqueak's Dapper Popper 799P4F Funds BFH.png - - - 1,139P4F Funds BFH.png 2,279P4F Funds BFH.png
3,000Valor Point BFH.png
Stolen Pipsqueak's Dapper Popper 799P4F Funds BFH.png - - - 1,259P4F Funds BFH.png 2,519P4F Funds BFH.png

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Battlefield 1[]

This item has a Codex entry: SMLE MKIII
This item has a Codex entry: Elite SMLE MKIII


"A British bolt action rifle with a high magazine capacity, excellent for medium to long range use."

— In-game description


The SMLE MKIII is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1 for the Scout kit. Compared to the other sniper rifles, the SMLE has the advantage of having the largest magazine size. Its sweet spot area is in the middle of the pack, at 40-75 meters.

Singleplayer[]

The SMLE appears as the main bolt action rifle used by British infantry, used without attachments.

The Marksman variant can be picked up from weapon crates in Through Mud and Blood and The Runner. In the same war story, an Ottoman rifleman is seen with the weapon in a cutscene.

An Italian sniper can be seen holding the SMLE MKIII Marksman in the opening cutscene in Avanti Savoia!. In actual gameplay, it is rarely, if ever, seen being used by friendly snipers, with their most common single-action rifle instead being the Russian 1895.

In Nothing Is Written, if a level is started without previously playing the level before, an Infantry variant (for the second level) and an Carbine variant (for the third) are used as starter weapons. The SMLE MKIII Carbine variant is also the default weapon in The Runner.

Multiplayer[]

Four variants of the SMLE MKIII are featured in the game: Infantry, Marksman, Carbine and Lawrence of Arabia.

Infantry[]

"This basic rifle pattern regains accuracy more quickly due to reduced weight. It can be zeroed for 75, 150 and 300 meters."

— In-game description


The SMLE MKIII Infantry is the base variant of the weapon. As with other base variants, it regains accuracy over distance due to it lack of attachments. The SMLE MKIII Infantry is used to unlock the Mosin-Nagant M91 Infantry, requiring three headshots in a single round with the SMLE MKIII Infantry as one of its assignments.

Lawrence of Arabia's SMLE is a variant of the weapon exclusive to owners of the Lawrence of Arabia pack. It functions identically to the Infantry variant of the weapon, and features a unique design based on the rifle used by T. E. Lawrence himself.

Marksman[]

"Equipped with a telescopic sight and palm rest, this rifle pattern offers longer stability. It can be zeroed for 75, 150 and 300 meters."

— In-game description


The SMLE MKIII Marksman is equipped with a medium-power scope, a palm rest and a bayonet. It is the default sniper rifle for the Scout class.

Carbine[]

"This rifle pattern has been shortened to improve mobility in medium range engagements. It is zeroed for 75 meters."

— In-game description


The SMLE MKIII Carbine has a shorter overall length compared to other versions of the weapon, in addition to a cheekpiece on the stock. It is equipped with a magnified aperture sight, suitable for medium range engagements, as well as a bayonet. It has marginally increased hip-fire accuracy over its longer-range versions. The SMLE MKIII Carbine is used to unlock the Vetterli-Vitali M1870/87 Carbine, requiring 50 kills with the SMLE MKIII Carbine as one of its assignments.

Weapon Skins[]

Gallery[]


Battlefield V[]

Main article: Rifle Grenade#Battlefield V


While it has been replaced by the Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk I for most part, the SMLE MKIII still appears in Battlefield V as part of the Grenade Rifle, a gadget used only for firing rifle grenades.

Additionally, unusable SMLE MKIIIs can be seen in the Practice Range.

Trivia[]

  • The "Lawrence of Arabia" variant of the SMLE is based on the actual rifle given to T. E. Lawrence by the Emir Faisal I of Iraq. It was originally a gift given to the Emir by Turkey.[1]
  • The cocking piece of the gun originally did not move when firing, and a later patch added the animation in.[2][3]
  • During several cutscenes in The Runner, some Ottoman soldiers can be seen using this weapon (such as the Turkish infantryman who critically wounds Frederick Bishop). During World War I, several Ottoman soldiers used captured SMLE rifles, due to their reliability and accuracy.

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