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The Enfield No. 4 rifle is a British bolt-action rifle. It was the Medium-Range weapon of the Gurkhas


Weight: 8.8 lbs (4 kg)

Length: 44.6 in (113.3 cm)

Barrel Length: 25.2 in (64 cm)

Cartridge: .303 British

Action: Bolt-action

Muzzle Velocity: 2,441 ft/s (744 m/s)

Effective Range: 550 yds (500 m)

Maximum Range: 3000 yds (2743 m)

Feed System: 10-round magazine, loaded with 5-round charger clips

Sights: Sliding ramp rear sights, fixed-post front sights


The Enfield No. 4 was introduced in 1939, though it was not officially adopted until 1941. Its action was similar to the earlier No. 1 Mk VI, although it was lighter, stronger, and easier to mass produce. The weapon was further simplified during the war for mass production. The No.4 is still being produced today.


  • One of the predecessors of the Enfield No. 4 was the Pattern 1853 Enfield. It was rumored to be lubed with animal fat, either cow or pork. This was a major factor in sparking the Indian Rebellion of 1857: as Indian conscripts (both Hindus and Muslims) were offended by being forced to rip cartridges supposedly containing the taboo animal fat.