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    Parker Hale M85 Serial Number Checks & Provenance on Manufacture

    01-30-2014 02:57pm

    Chosenman,

    Steve,

    00245F - Hand built and assembled 4th March 1988 by Bill Smallwood Parker Hale Factory fitted with a Schmidt & Bender sight 12x42
    Trigger adjusted for single pull 2 and 1/4Ibs.
    17.7mm Grouping of 10 rounds at 100 yards
    Fitted with NATO Green Furniture
    Issued to the Sri Lankan Royal Air Force



    Nigel,

    00150F - Hand built and assembled 29th January 1988 by Bill Smallwood Parker Hale factory fitted/ordered with NO scope
    17.8mm Grouping of 10 rounds at 100yards
    Fitted with Black Furniture
    Civ Sales

    Before you ask and something I meant to put in my article F stands for FIELD
    More info on each M85 rifle to read and if I come across anymore on your respective rifles will inform you. Currently wading through the total number made as well as the:
    "M85 MOD Hybrid"

    Hope this will suffice for now
    Gil

    02-01-2014 05:30pm

    Dan196a1

    Dan,

    00408F - Hand built and assembled 23rd January 1990 by Bill Smallwood at Parker Hale factory, no scope requested.
    19.1mm Group 10 rounds at 100yards
    Fitted with NATO Green Stock
    Home (UKicon) Civ sales no name logged

    Gil

    02-06-2014

    Dan196a1

    Dan,
    Here are your results on your M85
    00409F- Hand built by Bill Smallwood at Parker Hale on the 19/12/1989 in NATO Green stock and requested fitted with a Schmidt & bender sight 6 x 42 serial number: 78652
    Range Test result : 16.6mm group at 100yards with 10 rounds
    Sold to WINAMEX, Austriaicon

    Regards
    Gil

    01-31-2014 08:26 am

    Chosenman

    Steve,

    00347F – Hand built on 23rd of May 1989 in Jungle Camo stock by Bill Smallwood of Parker Hake with Range Test result: 16.6mm Group at 100 yards.(10 rounds) No sight or foresight provided and sold to Fellowes in Gwynned, Wales.
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    Thanks Gil!! Really good idea shame it couldn't be rolled out across the board as we are all mere custodians of our fine and in some cases rare firearms. A list like this will save the next generation a lot of legwork and scratching around searching for history.

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    00413F - Hand built by Eddie Taff RIP Head Gunsmith of Parker Hale on the 17th of January 1990 in NATO Green stock, 17.8mm at 100 yards (10 shot group) sold to Buckland
    My M85
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    Hi Gil,

    Have you any info on M85 00241F??

    Cheers
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    00241F - Built on the 9th of December 1987 in Desert Camo stock one of ten the same with no known destination recorded.
    17.7mm at 100 yards (10 Shot Group)
    Thats all recorded on that one Steve
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    Cheers Gil!!

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    Rifle 02078C
    The rifle you have started life as an M86 not an M87 as it has a clamped foresight.
    It was built on the 8/6/1989 by Bill Smallwood who can't remember it specifically but that is not surprising, as he saw hundreds.
    I can tell however it was sold to Precision Sports, location UKicon or USAicon not known
    It fired 20.5mm with 10 rounds at 100 yards
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    Hi Gil,

    Do you have any info on M87 02088C?

    Thank you,
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    Rifle - M85 S/N 00203F
    Built by Bill Smallwood on 28-8-1987
    16.4mm group 10 round 100yds
    Jungle stock
    Purchased by Combat Equipment Swedenicon.
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    M86-M87 same action different barrels

    Rifle - M87 S/N 02088C....... C- stands for CLIP a Detachable magazine

    7.62 on the 30th June 1987 built by Eddie Taff
    15.8mm group 10 rounds 100 yards
    Purchased by West Midlands Police fitted with a PECA sight with a one piece mount

    Addition: Eddie Taff 30/9/87 changed it to 7mm belted round/ Remington Magazine
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