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    Gil,

    These three belong to a friend of mine, any info would be gratefully received.

    Rifle 00126F
    Rifle 00135F
    Rifle 00351F

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    Simon,

    Rifle - 00126F No trace of that one, don't know why.

    Rifle S/N 00135F Built on the 26th November 1986 into an Arctic body fitted with an Arctic Knob too.
    Fitted with a Swarovski ZFM 6X42 scope and one piece mount.
    Firing 16.7mm group 10 rounds at 100 yards
    Sold to Royal Canadianicon Mounted Police

    Rifle S/N 00351F Built on the 20th of April 1989 into a Green body
    Fitted with a Swarovski ZFM 6X42 scope Serial Number: A5726009
    Firing 11.2mm group 10 rounds at 100 yards
    Sold to Avon & Somerset Police

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    Just so there is a record beyond those I keep on these three M85's:

    00400F
    00402F
    00448F

    There are no "specific" records held on these three but they were definitely manufactured and left PH factory in 1989/1990 probably to NAVY ARMS as they appear on sales numbers either side of each of them
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    Hi Gil,

    I was wondering if you had any info on the provenance of this rifle - 00252F

    Many thanks,
    Andrew
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    Andrew,
    It left the factory on the 23rd of January 1987 as a batch of 6 rifles. 4 X Green stocks and 2 x Desert Camouflaged. The latter had scopes fitted but the four including yours had none.
    Rifle 00252F - 100yds group of 17.9mm 10 shots
    No record of where they went but assumed from the entry it was a dealer
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    Hi Gil

    Do you have any info on serial 00343F ?

    Many Thanks

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    Hi Waco,

    Rifle 00343F was manufactured on the 20th April 1989 by Bill Smallwood at PH and fitted with a GREEN NATO stock at that time.
    It was fitted with a Swarovski ZFM 6X42 scope and one piece mount Scope Serial Number A5726001
    100 yards group it fired 13.9mm on 10 shots with scope fitted
    Sold to Avon & Somerset Police
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    Many thanks Gill
    great source of information

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    Hi Gill, Do you have any info on M85 00299F

    Thanks in advance.
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    Matt,
    There are times when a human system has gaps caused by our failings and this is one of them.
    00299F was definitely produced, however, it was not logged by whoever produced it and its findings were therefore not recorded officially in the definitive PH records I hold.
    I can say that 00298F went to Germanyicon and 00300F went to the Falkland Islands Defence Force so either side were recorded and yours wasn't.
    Hope that helps in some way and I would be very interested for histories sake how you came by it, either on the open forum here, or a PM to me so I can keep it on file.
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