LEE ENFIELD SENTRY
A Name To Live Up To
Few brands carry the heritage that is associated with Lee-Enfield, so the launch of the Sentry just over a year ago was always going to attract attention, especially priced at just £399.
At over a metre long and weighing 3.5kg unscoped, the slim, ambidextrous beech stock has a black ballistic polymer forend that not only looks distinctive, but is very solid with no creaking or movement. The solid rubber recoil pad is not adjustable, but the cheekpiece can be adjusted for height by slackening a couple of thumb wheels.
The contoured pistol grip and large cut-out accommodate the biggest hands in either a thumb-up or wrap-around grip. Though the metal trigger blade is not adjustable, the two-stage action is well-defined with crisp let-off and only a hint of creep in the second stage. Positioned on the outside of the trigger guard is a resettable safety switch.
The short bolt action requires a firm tug over its inch or so travel to cock the gun. Returning the bolt feeds a pellet from the eight-shot .22 magazine (nine in .177) that is inserted and removed from the left.
According to The Shooting Party, expect around 80 shots in .177 and 120 in .22 from a 200 bar fill achieved by inserting the fill probe into a port at the front of the cylinder that’s protected by a rotating cap. A pressure gauge underneath the muzzle will tell you when it’s time to fill up again.
A two-piece dovetail rail provides plenty of room for a scope. In addition, there are four Picatinny rails. There are three on top of the 430mm barrel, and another for a bipod. Two more rails can be attached to the sides of the forend.
The barrel is shrouded and finished with a plastic silencer. If you prefer, it can be unscrewed and replaced with your preferred silencer thanks to a ½” UNF thread.