God only knows how many .303 Lee Enfields inhabit this land of ours, or are still used to harvest deer. Tables piled with venison were made possible by tough, powerful rifles at an affordable price. After war’s end the stockpiles of serviceable rifles were distributed and supplies of parts and ammunition appeared to never end. The choice was simple and the Lee Enfields, Garands, M1 Carbines and Mausers were eagerly sought.
“Those were the days” when the general public could purchase surplus military rifles. This took place back when the national attitude was different than that of the cotton soft, nanny state whingers so common in today’s New Zealand. Such rifles were yours for the asking at a reasonable price.