War Office Pattern .22

While not a No2 as such I feel that the WOP .22 is a part of the Enfield Family Tree and as such deserves some recognition, hence its inclusion.

“Introduced in 1906, the War Office Pattern Miniature Service Rifle was designated to the design prepared for the War Office by Speed and Ashton (Joseph J. Speed and Dr. H.T. Ashton) at the Enfield R.S.A.F. (Royal Small Arms Factory). The British Patent, number 25,403, was granted to them on 6th. December 1905. Later patents, respectively in 1906 and 1907 were granted for the swivel foresight hood arrangement and the windage rear sight clamping system.” Extract by kind permission of www.Rifleman.org.uk

Whilst not an Enfield, it certainly has the pedigree as mention above. One needs only to have a brief look to see that there are some very similar attributes that the War Office Pattern shares with say the MLM, CLLE or No1Mk1, even advertising at the time referenced the rear sight as that being similar to the service rifle.

The War Office Pattern .22 rifle was an attempt by the British War Office of the time to catch up to the French. As the French  already had a training program that had been in place for over 10 years teaching small bore and cadets on a miniature version of the Lebel. The lebel itself was the main French battle rifle, it was  an 8mm rifle that used smokeless powder as the propellant. The lebel came into service April 1887 and remain untill early WWII.

The examples shown here of the War Office Pattern .22  are of  the “Long Fore End Pattern” that was especially made for cadets, as well as the miniature or small bore rifle clubs. This example is a BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) made whilst others were produced at  LSA (London Small Arms).