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The Turner SMLE was a prototype semi-automatic conversion of the bolt-action Short-Magazine Lee-Enfield. Designed by American gunsmith Russel Turner, it was intended for use by Canada. A single unit was manufactured in 1941 for testing as a potentially cheaper alternative to the M1 Garand, which it was trialled against. Although Turner's conversion performed comparatively well it was rejected for formal adoption by the Canadian Army due to its high mechanical complexity. The Turner uses a side-tilting bolt system similar to the ZH-29.

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"The Turner SMLE had many qualities, but simplicity was not one of them. It it [sic] did well in extremely cold conditions and the Canadian Army tested it, but they didn't adopt it."

— In-game description

The Turner SMLE is a weapon featured in Battlefield V. It first appeared in the Closed Beta available for play at Gamescom.


Player character Deme Cisse obtains the Turner SMLE from Idrissa in the finale of the singleplayer war story Tirailleur.


The Turner can be considered the British counterpart to the German Gewehr 43, due to their similar damage and identical magazine and reserve ammunition capacity. However, the weapon has inferior ranged capability to the Gewehr 43, since it drops from a three to a four body-shot kill at 50m, and has a lower muzzle velocity. To make up for its deficiencies, it has a higher-than-average rate of fire, moderate recoil properties, and decent damage output at closer to medium ranges, but is held back by its rather low magazine capacity and lengthy reload time.

The specialization tree offers a mixture of upgrades to the weapon's handling capabilities, with each side providing statistical buffs when stationary and moving. Probably its most compelling choice is at rank 3, where players can remediate the Turner's reload times with either a Magazine Extension to 20 rounds or quick-change Detachable Magazines.


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