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Canadian Rangers giving up Lee-Enfields, moving to Winchester rifle

The Canadian Rangers, who as I understand it are kind of the Eskimo wing of the Canadian military, are giving up the bolt action Lee-Enfield rifles that were adopted by the British military in the late 19th century. They like it just fine, but are having trouble finding spare parts. That’s mighty old school technology. ...

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The Canadian Rangers, who as I understand it are kind of the Eskimo wing of the Canadian military, are giving up the bolt action Lee-Enfield rifles that were adopted by the British military in the late 19th century. They like it just fine, but are having trouble finding spare parts.

That's mighty old school technology. When I was a teenager in Kabul I used to see a lot of Lee-Enfield knockoffs in the gun bazaar and also down along the Pakistani border towns, such as Landi Kotal. Even duplicates of the 1857 Enfield, if I remember correctly.

Next for the Rangers: The internal combustion engine? The radio? Are they sure they want to go all Industrial Age just when everyone else is leaving it?

The Canadian Rangers, who as I understand it are kind of the Eskimo wing of the Canadian military, are giving up the bolt action Lee-Enfield rifles that were adopted by the British military in the late 19th century. They like it just fine, but are having trouble finding spare parts.

That’s mighty old school technology. When I was a teenager in Kabul I used to see a lot of Lee-Enfield knockoffs in the gun bazaar and also down along the Pakistani border towns, such as Landi Kotal. Even duplicates of the 1857 Enfield, if I remember correctly.

Next for the Rangers: The internal combustion engine? The radio? Are they sure they want to go all Industrial Age just when everyone else is leaving it?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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