However, it was an offence to fire the rifle without specific orders from an NCO or officer. To prevent soldiers firing off entire clips, the magazine could be locked off with the cut off plate, leaving one bullet ‘in the spout’, but preventing further rounds from being cycled up into the chamber until ordered. The magazine cut off was left open when directly engaging the enemy.
Magazine cut off
A longer bayonet. Seventeen inches long, in fact.
In the right hands, the Enfield was an effective and precise weapon. It would serve the Pennine Fusiliers well in their fight for survival - for as long as the ammunition lasted.