Lee Enfield Stripper Clips ?

steven04

Clanker
Are the stripper (charger ?) clips for Enfields interchangeable between SMLE and No4 rifles or are they different ?

Anyone know of a supplier where I could obtain some for either the SMLE or N04 ? (Henry Krank or Egay ?)

After reading the Enfield vs Mauser thread I feel like giving the mad minute a go with my BSA Smellie.... :p

Whilst I don't have a No4 yet, I do have a '54 Fazackerley at my RFD awaiting the correct slot on my ticket....

Thanks
Steven
 

Vasco

War Hero
There have been several types of charger, but, IIRC, they were all interchangeable - see the Lee Enfield Rifle Association http://www.lera.org.uk/page.php?7 for detail (but no pics, unfortunately),.

If you just want a handful, pm me with your address and I will stick some in the post.
 
I believe that they are interchangeable. They are usually fairly cheap and easy to obtain, but I've heard that the Italian charger clips are to be avoided.

You can buy them here: http://thegunner.net/khxc/index1.php?app=gbu0&ns=catshow&ref=LE_accs

but they are a tad expensive, try Ebay, Krank's or anywhere that sells WW2 militaria. Sometimes they can cost as little as 50p or so.

I'm going to look at an Enfield on Saturday, I've fancied one for ages, so I hope it's in good nick!

T_T
 
Thers a Gun Auction in Cardiff on sunday, normaly all kinds of enfield stuff about see the thread
 
They usually turn up cheap on ebay. Shouldn't be more than 50p or at most a quid each. I've got loads but I'm saving them for the glorious day! :)

Here are some:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LEE-ENFIELD-303-CHARGER-CLIPS_W0QQitemZ290280206508QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Collectables_Militaria_LE?hash=item290280206508&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1301|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318


More here:

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/items/_W0QQ_nkwZ303Q20Q20clipQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZQQ_mdoZ
 

4(T)

LE
They are generally about 50p each.

As mentioned, any of the old ones will do - you then need to smooth/open/oil them to get them slick enough for "Mad Minute" loading.

If looking on eBay, avoid those auctions where you see a square cardboard box full of chargers, or a bag of "new" ones. As mentioned above, there is a big batch of new condition Italian ones on the surplus market at the moment. Unfortunately, these appear to be made of heavy gauge metal and are then parkerised - they hold the rounds so tight that they strip brass off the cases and are impossible to load from unless you have bionic thumbs...
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
I have plenty ask me nicely!
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Couldnt get any cheaper than a dozen mk 4s for £1.45 including postage eh Steven?
 

steven04

Clanker
ugly said:
Couldnt get any cheaper than a dozen mk 4s for £1.45 including postage eh Steven?
Hi Ugly

The postie dropped them through the letterbox yesterday. :D
Thanks again for kindly sending them over to me.

Looking forward to trying them on the range... :D

Cheers
Steven
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Bloody hell thats good, I'd run a few rounds through them to smooth them out if I were you!
 

Watcher

Old-Salt
I was told that a good way of getting 'chargers' (I thought strippers was the American term) slicked up for use was by applying boot polish and brushing them up. Don't use them enough to know for certain but I'd hesitate about bending them.
 

itchy300

Old-Salt
Holy thread revival batman!! I didn't think that Enfield chargers deserved 2 whole threads every decade but I still need to keep my hand in starting bone ones so here we are.

Anyway, having bought the ugly ginger step child of Enfields (ishy 2A1) it surprisingly feeds and ejects fantastically but I can't seem to get it to 'eject' the second charger by sliding the bolt forward. Is this possible with NATO type chargers or (as I think) is it a feature of the proper chargers?

Cheers chaps!
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Holy thread revival batman!! I didn't think that Enfield chargers deserved 2 whole threads every decade but I still need to keep my hand in starting bone ones so here we are.

Anyway, having bought the ugly ginger step child of Enfields (ishy 2A1) it surprisingly feeds and ejects fantastically but I can't seem to get it to 'eject' the second charger by sliding the bolt forward. Is this possible with NATO type chargers or (as I think) is it a feature of the proper chargers?

Cheers chaps!
Ask @stoatman, or @Boullibaise as they should have sorted this issue
 

TamH70

MIA
Holy thread revival batman!! I didn't think that Enfield chargers deserved 2 whole threads every decade but I still need to keep my hand in starting bone ones so here we are.

Anyway, having bought the ugly ginger step child of Enfields (ishy 2A1) it surprisingly feeds and ejects fantastically but I can't seem to get it to 'eject' the second charger by sliding the bolt forward. Is this possible with NATO type chargers or (as I think) is it a feature of the proper chargers?

Cheers chaps!
How much was your Ishapore thingy, and is it basically a 7.62mm NATO version of the Mk III SMLE?
 

4(T)

LE
Holy thread revival batman!! I didn't think that Enfield chargers deserved 2 whole threads every decade but I still need to keep my hand in starting bone ones so here we are.

Anyway, having bought the ugly ginger step child of Enfields (ishy 2A1) it surprisingly feeds and ejects fantastically but I can't seem to get it to 'eject' the second charger by sliding the bolt forward. Is this possible with NATO type chargers or (as I think) is it a feature of the proper chargers?

Cheers chaps!

Ishy 7.62mm were not designed to eject the charger in the same way. A .303" action has a V-shaped charger slot that is designed to launch the charger forward and up when you close the bolt. An Ishy 2A/2A1 has instead a vertical straight-sided charger slot that will usually just jam the charger if you try to eject it with the bolt.

Some 2A rifles and some 7.62mm chargers will eject the charger, but thats usually just down to massive tolerances allowing the charger to spring out!
 

4(T)

LE
Reference my last:

I forgot to mention that 303 chargers also sit on the two little nubs, which means that there is only a short distance to eject the charger to get it free of the bridge.

Because there was no fixed pattern of 7.62mm charger (a charger from almost any military fullbore rimless round will work), the charger slot has to be made wide and bottomless so that the charger will drop down onto the magazine. Hence there is little chance of it being cleanly ejected.

7.62mm 2A1 top, .303" No1 bottom:

762 303 charger slots.jpg
 

W21A

LE
Book Reviewer
I have a memory from the 70s as a cadet using a flick of the thumb to remove the charger from the rifle.
 

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