The British Empire created a rifle that has endured for more than a century. It is said the sun never set on the British Empire. Unlike the days of empire, the sun still has not set on the life of the SMLE for soldiers still carry it into combat in Asia and Africa. It shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon.
This article by Lee Miskimon originally appeared on Warfare History Network.
This article originally appeared in 2018 and is being republished due to reader interest.