Gibbs Rifle Company’s .45-70 No. 4 Lee-Enfield And More

    Gibbs Rifle Company, perhaps most famous for their 1903 Springfield rifles, were showing off today a .45-70 conversion of a Fazakerley No. 4 Lee-Enfield:




    It’s not well-known now, but the original caliber of the Lee design that would become the Lee-Enfield was in fact .45-70, so this conversion is following on what was once well-trod ground.

    Gibbs is also importing 7.62×39 AK rifle magazines from the Matra factory in Bosnia. The magazines they had on display were very well-made, without many machine marks, and with freely moving followers.


    The magazines feature a bolt-hold-open device, as well:



    The magazines are brand-new production, come in 30 and 20-round versions, and feature an unlimited 5-year warranty. According to Gibbs’ literature:

    If it doesn’t work, breaks, or wears out, we will replace it. Period.



    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]