On this day in 1907 the Lee-Enfield rifle was accepted into service in the army of His Majesty King Edward VII. It's still in use today in Commonwealth nations India and Bangladesh, making this the longest serving military rifle in world history.
I can personally attest that it is a sweet shooter and entirely bad ass. As I wrote in my Range Report:
It was the rifle of Empire, from the days when the sun literally never set on the British Empire. The Empire's day has passed, and this rifle has passed with it, but for those who appreciate the poetry of rifles (as opposed to the stark utilitarian prose of modern designs), this rifle brings it in imperial gallons.But since it has a ten round magazine (removable, although that's more in theory than in practice, being loaded via stripper clips) and a bayonet lug, Diane Feinstein wants to ban it. Because 100 year old rifles totally are used to shoot up schools, or something. And while it doesn't do so well "spraying bullets from the hip", the action is smooth as silk and very fast:
Oh, and the sights are designed to let you shoot accurately at 1300 yards (!) - if you can. But why, we hear Senator Feinstein ask, do you need a rifle that will shoot accurately to 1300 yards? The answer: Senator, why do you want to win re-election?
UPDATE 26 January 2013 22:53: Jon W. emails to point out that Feinstein's bill explicitly excludes bolt action rifles from the ban.