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    Nigel,
    As these were the only records that survived that I hold from Eddie Taff and Bill Smallwood, I would have to hazard a fairly reliable guess, and I appreciate for histories correctness, that there has to have been more M85's manufactured as it was a very good seller for PH. Had they won the MOD contract which the L96 finally did, with the M85 coming second, we would probably have had a more reliable number because the company probably would have survived!!!
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    Hi Gill,
    I may have the chance of acquiring an M85, I'd just like to check if you have any info on it please. the serial No is 00340F

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by blurrededge View Post
    Hi Gill,
    I may have the chance of acquiring an M85, I'd just like to check if you have any info on it please. the serial No is 00340F

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    Without wishing to pre-empt a reply from Gil, if you use the search function here you can find previous info on such things - see post numbers 207 and 208 on this page https://www.milsurps.com/showthread....47454&p=426658

    Hope this helps as a start!

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    Hi Matt,

    Parker Hale M85 rifle Serial number: 00340F was completed on the 17th January 1990 according to PH Ledger entry 313. There was NO scope fitted, it was fitted with GREEN NATO McMillan one piece stock and butt.
    On open sights it fired 18.0mm Group at 100 yards with 10 rounds.
    Sold to H.Krank........sadly no more details held.
    Hope this all helps
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    Thanks very much for the info Gill, and also to Dan for the heads up on previous posts.

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    No worries
    '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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    PH , 00178F M85 purchase

    Hi everyone,

    Merry Christmas....keep safe.

    After years of searching it was my time to purchase my best christmas gift......and I have landed with PHM85 with full kit, Swarovski ZFM 84, carry case, extra mags, bipod and factory accuracy papers...etc..

    According to the test target printout dated 14/8/1987, I am assuming that this rifle manufactured around this date, However, it would be nice to know the exact manufacture date and whether the scope I have is the correct one issued from the factory..

    Further more, the carry case have few UKicon Police Forces stickers on it. Has this rifle been issued to the Police?.....

    I can see, Gil has been helping out the members with info on these rifle, I would be grateful any info you can share for my rifle too.

    Thanks in advance
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    Merry Christmas,
    A great present to start the New Year off.

    Entry 113 PH Ledger.................Parker Hale M85 S/N 00178F was built on the 27th August 1987 mounted in a Green NATO McMillan stock.
    It shot a 15.2mm Group @100 yards with 10 rounds, logged as sold "Home Sales UKicon"
    Page 37 Bill Smallwood

    Hope that helps
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    Excellent thank you

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    The M85 had an illustrious career and would have served in "some" Police Forces, as the Lee Enfield Enforcer dwindled in interest in some of those Forces who had more money to spend.

    Nuff said on my views that the M85 should have taken over from the L42A1 as the winner of the Military Trials................but hey!! Get over it ............the L96A1 won the competition!!

    In terms of your rifle, there is no scope listed on the register, so one can reliably say or assume it was supplied less scope.
    '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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