TFBTV: Alex & Patrick’s Mad Minute Attempts

A while back Steve issued the TFBTV Mad Minute Challenge to try and see which of TFB’s readers is the handiest behind the mighty Lee-Enfield rifle. Read Steve’s blog post to learn about the history of the “mad minute“.

Inspired by historical accounts of soldiers of the Empire accomplishing terrific volumes of fire with the rifle, he purchased a copy of the old book of Musketry Regulations which outline proper technique for using and caring for the Enfield to give to the winner!

In order to fully embarrass ourselves, Patrick and I hit the range to see how we could do!

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We will allow entries into our mad minute competition until the end of the month (June 2015). The rules and entry form are below.

The competition rules ….

  1. You must use a bolt-action Enfield rifle (any variant listed on this Wikipedia article is allowed).
  2. The rifle must have a fixed 10 round (or lower capacity) magazine. The magazine cannot be removed during the course of fire.
  3. You must use a 12″ target.
  4. You must be no closer than 100 yards from the target.
  5. Any shooting position is allowed, but rifle cannot be supported. The use of a bench is not allowed. A sling is allowed to be used.
  6. You must use iron sights.
  7. The winner is the shooter with the most rounds on target during a 60 second interval.
  8. If there is a tie, the shooter with the least misses will win, and if there is still a tie, the shooter with the most accurate shots will win.
  9. You must submit a video showing you attempting the challenge, a separate photo of the target.
  10. We will make a compilation videos showing contestants attempting the challenge. The video and photos you submit may be used in this video or on TFB.
  11. The competition is open to readers worldwide.
  12. Your entry must be submitted before 15 June 2015.
  13. The winner will receive an original copy of the Musketry Regulations (Steve found it at a bookstore in the UK).
  14. To enter the competition fill out the form below. We will email all contestants in June explaining how to submit your video and photos.

Enter below …

Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • Ah, looks like you had some of the dreaded Enfield extraction issues. What ammo were you using?

  • Fred Johnson

    You guys have more fun. I’m jealous.

  • Tyler McCommon

    Wow my Enfield No.4 Mk.1 functions flawlessly and rather smooth. The way your’s was going reminded me of how my Mosin feels.

    • AD

      I’ve shot a No.4 a few times, mainly standing but spent some time prone, and I never had trouble lifting the bolt; I can’t imagine what was causing the bolt to stick like that in the video!

      • Tyler McCommon

        I found when shooting anything lower than 174gr the casing’s stick. Perhaps that is it?

  • American Diaper

    Alex looks mildly ret#rded.

  • USMC03Vet

    Shouldn’t have skipped arm day!

    • Patrick R.

      Correction, shouldn’t have fallen off that rickety ladder and broke my wrist.

      • iksnilol

        Ouch. Having broken my wrist twice I can relate to that.

  • Darkpr0

    I would love to see the Mad Minute done with a Ross Rifle if one could be found whose magazine did not jam forever at 4.9 rounds. These challenges are shockingly hard when you lie down and try to do them. The recoil on a prone shooter is no slouch either. My shoulder always reminds me the next day of why I don’t do these very often, but maybe it’s because I’m all bone anyway.

  • Tassiebush

    I notice the Norwegians use a sling. I wonder if this helps anchor the rifle down better which might help with cycling from prone?

    • iksnilol

      When the sling is used correctly then the only thing the right hand does is work the trigger and cycle the action. You can let go of the rifle with your right hand and the rifle will stay perfectly steady (this is for prone, from the knee you will be a bit woobly no matter what).

      That’s at least my experience (yay, I am relevant).

  • BattleshipGrey

    Was this posted to youtube or FB first? I see this was only posted 6 hours ago on TFB and the entry date deadline was yesterday (?). I wouldn’t mind giving it a go but if the deadline date is correct it looks like my chances are smashed.

    [quote]Your entry must be submitted before 15 June 2015.[/quote]

    • BattleshipGrey

      Nevermind, I just saw you posted a vid from the office from last month. Now I’ll have to look back to see if I missed that post on TFB.

  • Mike

    Gonna be hard to submit the entry by June 15 – I think you mean June 30 or July 1?

    • Giolli Joker

      Copy-paste of previous rules, but before they mentioned that the end date is extended to the end of June.

  • Lance

    Forget a MkIII Enfeild Alec C and Patrick I dare you to do a mad minute on a Mosin Nagant M-91/30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Y-man

    I see the middle finger now has one more, legitimate use! Great!

    • Tassiebush

      Haha all uses for that finger are legitimate IMO.
      This makes me think we could start an apocryphal story! We could say that just like the story that two raised fingers was inspired by archers tormenting the vanquished, the raised middle finger was from prowess in rapid bolt manipulation.

  • Dave V

    Sling is mounted incorrectly, re flat of the brass should be on the inside with the nipple of the rivet facing away from the gun

    • Patrick R.

      Ill have to fix that, I just left it as it was when I bought it a couple weeks ago.

  • Just say’n

    Great vid, thanks for posting. re: “I keep my cheek-weld while cycling the bolt” I can’t imaging doing that. Better slide back on the stock aways and trust your eye protection.

  • Rob emailed me, he attempted to enter the contest this time, but was unable to because his .303 brass has become sticky with too many reloadings and needs the shoulders set back. He unfortunately couldn’t fix this to meet the deadline, as he had to travel to France to see the 200th anniversary of Waterloo.

  • iksnilol

    Uh, I don’t want to be a know-it-all but try using the sling next time. Makes you more stable, makes you faster.