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    Posted: July 28 2018 at 9:14am
I have just taken delivery of this 1918 SMLE Mk:III* which is marked with FF - Irish Fianna Fáil. It was re-barreled in 1938.
What I would like to know is how do I get at the fore sight to adjust for for windage?



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There is a tool that you can buy. It clamps on to the "ears" and a screw type rod fits into the holes in the "ears". Depending on which way you need to go. You can also use a brass punch and small hammer. Put punch thru the "ear holes against the front site and gently tap with hammer.
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I have a front sight aligner(& .303 bore sighter).
But, methinks that the front sight clamp is different twixt the No1 & No4.
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Honkytonk, yes, that tool would work on Australian rifles with the holes, which were put there for that very reason. 

However, most other makes don't have holes in their protector ears and the nose cap needs to be removed to get at the blade insert, as can be seen on the OP's rifle (no holes).

I've always just used a brass drift and a tiny hammer.
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With solid "ears" you have top take the nose cap off.
Then you can use a "cramp" (clamp), or drift it with a hammer/non-marring punch.

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Roger! Thanks people. Learnt something new today. Having never owned an Enfield of that vintage, I assumed it would be the same as a No4.
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Thank's for that. My rifle has no holes in the protector ears and I wondered is I had to remove the nose cap. It groups well but down and left ( at 50 mtr. ) but that was all the time I had to shoot it. 
I had taken some friends visiting from the UK for an afternoons shooting and I took a few rifles with me. 
Snider Mk:III, Martini-Henry Mk:I Carbine, Schmidt-Rubin G11 and the SMLE as well as a Sako .22! Great afternoon though...........
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Some more images of my Irish Fianna Fáil Marked SMLE Mk.III* after the strip down and check over session.







It is in excellent condition with no rust, no cracks and everything cycling smoothly.
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That's a very nice FF rifle Duncan.
When adjusting the front sight; I suggest you properly test the rifle prior to adjustment and calculate exactly how much you need to drift the blade. That way you won't be taking the nose cap off too often.
You can't shoot it accurately without the nose cap.
To calculate the adjustment required:
Multiply the distance between the front and rear sight by the distance between POA and POI. Then divide the result by the distance from the barrel to the target. Keep everything in inches (or mm) and you'll end up with a figure which is how much you need to move the blade.
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Thank's for that. The range is closed at present but opens again on August 17th. This is going to need an afternoon on it so I am going to have to plan ahead for midweek. Saturday & Sunday's in August are no go days on the roads because of holiday traffic Angry 
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congrats - you got a keeper there , she is a beauty , 
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Originally posted by A square 10 A square 10 wrote:

congrats - you got a keeper there , she is a beauty , 

For sure but maybe I need a Lng Lee or a Metford or a (T) ....well you know the form Cool
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You DO need a long Lee, especially the Metford, there are a number of variations. And a T with its kit......Evil Smile
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