Royal Small Arms Factory (Enfield)

Royal Small Arms Factory (Enfield)

The Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF) was established at Enfield in 1816, and during the next 100 years it developed from a single, water-powered mill to a complex modern factory, the first to be built on the mass-production principles in Britain. It was the main Government-owned manufactory for the production of military small arms, and produced hundreds of thousands of rifles and machine guns during both world wars.

The RSAF forms an important part of Britain’s industrial heritage. The project will use the archives held at the Royal Armouries and other repositories to explore:

The project will create digital copies of the archives to enable partners to use them in their own exhibition and outreach programmes, and to provide a resource for those researching the RSAF heritage.


Enfield Museum
Enfield Local Studies and Archives
Royal Small Arms Trust
RSAF Apprentices Association
Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association (HBSA)e
Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association. Northern Group