The Lee-Metford was a bolt-action rifle that used a 10-round magazine “up loading spring” system. Although not a true “automatic” - it was part of the evolutionary process. The rifle chambered the .303 round and had ranges of 800 to 1,800 yards. “20 rounds” per minute was considered standard for a trained Rifleman. The Lee-Metford was popular during The Boer War, The Chinese Boxer Rebellion and the beginning of World War I. It was retired in 1926.