The WWI Long Enfield Small Arms Primer You Need to Watch

Ok, the title is just a hair “click-baity”, but the quality of the information and work put into by C&Rsenal is well worth one’s time. Over the last two years, Othias and Mae have been working to catalog the absolute plethora of weapons used in The Great War (in fact, also partnering another fantastic channel, The Great War for period-specific content).

Latest up is a weapon that is often overlooked, the British Long Lees both Metford and Enfield. The Long Lees were born from a need to provide long-range rifle work and at the same time, but useful when pressed into service with “rapid” fire at shorter ranges.

Perhaps most interesting about the design is that the Long Lees are one of the first rifles to feature a fully detachable magazine, which ultimately was not used. When the rifle was adopted and implemented, it was the intent that the soldier would carry an extra detachable magazine. Sadly, and to the detriment of small arms development, this was not fielded enmasse.

Fair warning, this episode is nearly one and a half hours long, but is well worth the watch for anyone enjoying firearms development history. In true C&Rsenal form, the video includes detailed history, animations, and shooting with Mae. Enjoy!

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • M.M.D.C.

    ‘Ok, the title is just a hair “click-baity”’ or “Jalopniky,” perhaps.

  • Deanimator

    C&Rsenal is the best firearms history on the internet.

    Only ForgottenWeapons equals it in quality, albeit not in quantity of information provided.

    • The_Champ

      Yes and yes again.

      For anyone into old military firearms, these two channels are the best by leaps and bounds.

      • abecido

        Webley revolvers. The 1911. S&W and Colt 1917 revolvers.

        • The_Champ

          Ah yes, the 1911, I’m sure a lot of people will want to see that episode.

          Personally I’m more interested in less well known stories. The Steyr-Mannlicher straight pull episodes were gold for me. Also, being Canadian, the Ross Rifle was very interesting.

          A Chauchat episode would be brilliant. Also something on the Madsen. Dammit there are so many I want to see!

          • abecido

            The early semi-auto rifles would be interesting. The Remington Model 8 and Winchester 1907 both saw service, and of course there’s the Mondragon and the RSC-17.

          • The_Champ

            So many interesting guns!

    • Bayonet

      C&Rsenal has more polished multimedia, but I still view Ian as the absolute authority. The scope of what he has covered, and gained access to both domestically and abroad, is staggering. Bear in mind as well the MASSIVE document library at Forgotten Weapons. Ian doesn’t have the time to read it all to you, but it is there.

      Ultimately, we are richer for having both.

  • mazkact

    I cannot get enough of Forgotten Weapons, Inrange and C&Rsenal ,Ian,Karl , Othias and of course Mae. These folks share our passion for history. Mae is one in a million make that one in a billion in Her generation.