By DAVID PARISH CALLED many things, some not very complimentary, the club rifle is generally referred to as the "Club Gun". The average firearms dealer may not be skilled enough to do this but should know of somebody who The firing pin and spring mechanism as viewed from the underside of the breech block.The internal mechanism is removed by unscrewing from the rear.There is no longer a barrel-mounted tangent leaf rear-sight as had been fitted to the basic Model No.6, Model No.8, Model No.12 and early Model No.13 rifles. The Model 12/15 rifles were, at least from 1947, given serial numbers prefixed wth the letter "P", which makes them easily identifiable. Suffice it to say that we believe that the 12/15 was certainly initially manufactured with some input or production assistance, particularly with the sights, from Parker and Parker-Hale, perhaps leading to the "P" prefix.

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Whilst perhaps a rather tedious process, it did at least offer a safer, easier and more reliable way of adjusting pull-off. It then went on, "Add to these the remarkably long life of the weapon, the low prices--with open sights five pounds, or on Easy Payment Terms 12 monthly instalments of 9/4d.... 15 had an action body with the rearsight mounted directly on a dovetail cut in the rear of the body, a pistol grip stock and a long forend. Most only need the stock bolt tightening - a loose butt is not at all helpful to accurate shooting.

It can be seen that, on its introduction circa 1935, the standard rifle was priced at £7-17s-6d, and thirty shillings more, at £9-7s-6d, with the Centurion barrel supposedly guaranteeing 1½ inch groups ( but it is not noted at which range! By 1940, these prices had risen to £8-12s-6d and £11-0s-0d repectively. or a Vickers, whilst the "Club Gun" was a Martini; converted from full-bore. That's enough, and unless compared to the average wage, prices don't mean very much. Parker-Hale also would fit a new lever, pistol grip stock and if required, the long forend to the B. With the mechanism cocked you can check the trigger sear engagement Make sure it hasn 't been stoned almost out of existence and, above all, check that the firing pin does not fall when the action Is closed sharply.

The BSA "Piled Arms" motif is stamped on the LHS of the action side plate. believes he has had 12/15 rifles, in the 60,000 range, pass through his hands with serial numbers not so prefixed.

The aperture rear-sight of the 12/15 is still virtually a retro-fit, although a standard item when the rifle first went into production post-war in 1946/47. We're less convinced on this one; however, we wouldn't be so pedantic as to deny any possibility - to do so in such circumstances is usually a mistake.

As other rifles became available, including the American Winchester 52 and Remington 37 bolt-action target rifle models with fine adjustable triggers, rules were relaxed and there came a requirement for lighter triggers on the old Martini target rifles - simply as a post-war ( 1939-45) economic expediency. Century historic Service, Classic Veteran Classes you don't! , for those who do not know, a device attached to the side of the rifle to hold cartridges.

Parker-Hale produced a modification to permit trigger adjustment. I used to think they were all right, but learnt that they were a nuisance 25 years ago. If there is an ancient handstop with a strap over the barrel throw it away or give it to the chap who looks after the club archives.On a bolt action rifle rod wear in the lead and on the edge of the chamber can occur if a rod guide is not used.Any bad wear in the barrel is expensive to put right, as shortening at the breech involves a lot of work and if the barrel is this bad it is not worth spending a lot of money on the rifle, as it could well be more than the cost of replacing it with another rifle with a better barrel.can do a first class job if he is unable to do it himself.Like everything else it is not difficult when you know what you are doing, but a poor job can make things worse.Never leave the barrel dry but fire a few rounds through it, or clean before the evenings shooting, or oil lightly until next time when this oil must be dried out.