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LEE -ENFIELD - a bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle was the main firearm used by the military forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century. It was the British Army's standard rifle from its official adoption in 1895 until 1957. A redesign of the Lee-Metford, the Lee-Enfield superseded the earlier Martini-Henry, Martini-Enfield, and Lee-Metford rifles. It featured a ten-round box magazine which was loaded with the .303 British cartridge manually from the top, either one round at a time or by means of five-round chargers. The Lee-Enfield was the standard issue weapon to rifle companies of the British Army and other Commonwealth nations in both the First and Second World Wars. Although officially replaced in the UK with the L1A1 SLR in 1957, it remained in widespread British service until the early/mid-1960s and the 7.62 mm L42 sniper variant remained in service until the 1990s. As a standard-issue infantry rifle, it is still found in service in the armed forces of some Commonwealth nations, notably with the Indian Police and Bangladesh Police, which makes it the longest-serving military bolt-action rifle still in official service. The Canadian Forces' Rangers Arctic reserve unit still use Enfield No.4 rifles as of 2012, with plans announced to replace the weapons sometime in 2014 or 2015. Total production of all Lee-Enfields is estimated at over 17 million rifles.

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Outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen Gardner arrive to see Terry McAuliffe sworn in as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on a very rainy day in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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McAuliffe, center, is sworn in as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on a very rainy day in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton watch as newly sworn in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, right, prepares to give a speech after being becoming the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton, left, applaud as newly sworn in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, right, prepares to give a speech after being becoming the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Terry McAuliffe delivers a speech after being sworn in as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on a very rainy day in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Terry McAuliffe delivers a speech after being sworn in as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on a very rainy day in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Terry McAuliffe waves as he and his wife Dorothy arrive before he is sworn in as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on a very rainy day in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) arrives to see Terry McAuliffe sworn in as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on a very rainy day in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Newly sworn in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks to members of the media after being becoming the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Attendees wait in pouring rain for Terry McAuliffe to be sworn in as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Virginia State troopers stand at attention in front of newly sworn in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe as he becomes the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Newly sworn in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe gives a thumbs up to supporters after being becoming the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on a very rainy afternoon in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, right, stands in attendance as newly sworn in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, center, and his wife, Dorothy, left, clap together after McAuliffe becomes the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in front of the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., Saturday, January 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)