Surplus of British Pattern 14 Enfield rifles from WWI found their way to the Spanish Civil War
Fairfax, Virginia - October 22nd would have been the 100th birthday of Robert Capa. Born Endre Friedmann, Capa is perhaps the best known combat photojournalist of the 20th Century. Capturing images from the Spanish Civil War, the 1936 Japanese invasion of China, World War II and the First Indochina War.
In recognition of Capa's birthday, and his work, we focus on some of the firearms found in his breathtaking photos. Today that's the Remington Pattern 14 Enfield rifle.
"The photo was taken during the Spanish Civil War," explained NRA Museums Senior Curator Philip Schreier. "Capa was following the Republican forces loyal to the old government and backed heavily by the communist against Franco."
Built for the British during World War I, the Pattern 1914 Enfield is a 5-round magazine bolt-action rifle. Chambered to fire the .303 British, this 10 pound gun had an effective range of up to 800 meters. Before all was said and done, more than a million of these guns were manufactured.
"By 1936, there were plenty of Pattern 14s in surplus that the British were supplying to the Republican forces along with a number of Winchester 1895s that we sold to the Russians during World War I."
For the full scoop with Phil and the Enfield, and to catch a peak at the picture, tune in later this afternoon around 5:40 forNRANews on Sportsman Channel.