The myths surrounding the use of cut down Lee-Enfield during WW1 are fascinating. I recently had the chance to take a look at an example of a cut down SMLE, which differed slightly in that it still had its stock - which I think makes it a more practical weapon than a truly cut down rifle.
In this video we'll discuss the history of British WW1 tunneler and look at how they fought and ask the question would a cut down rifle have been useful in the confines of a tunnel?
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The Armourer's Bench is a collaborative effort from Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. We will be bringing you detailed examinations of historic small arms from around the world.