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    I know a few of the Council members of the HBSA, will have a chat with them this Saturday to see if there is any interest in pursuing this one.

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    Just posted on the HBSA Forum by the Chairman, I have taken his email address out as I do not have permission to publicise:

    Just so that members are aware, we have picked up this issue and will see what can be done.

    We will advise of any progress.

    Please mail any useful additional information to me at (deleted)

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    The NZicon No8s were not just simply released for public sale, they were all destined for scrap but thanks to the good work of a few they were saved.
    There were a few conditions of sale including registration prior to the auction, NZ licence holders only, no postal bids & limits on numbers purchased so you could not just show on the day & buy lots of guns.
    Tell your lot to get in touch with the NZ Antique & Historic Arms Association & find out how those in NZ went about saving the Cadet rifles, this may help in your fight, good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5thBatt View Post
    The NZicon No8s were not just simply released for public sale, they were all destined for scrap but thanks to the good work of a few they were saved.
    There were a few conditions of sale including registration prior to the auction, NZ licence holders only, no postal bids & limits on numbers purchased so you could not just show on the day & buy lots of guns.
    Tell your lot to get in touch with the NZ Antique & Historic Arms Association & find out how those in NZ went about saving the Cadet rifles, this may help in your fight, good luck.
    That all sounds very logical and sensible Unfortunately the UKicon Government has never shown either quality when it comes to defence procurement or firearms legislation.

    However HBSA is now on the case. (Before anyone comments on that remember, that we have Section 7 is entirely down to HBSA. Compare that to the state of our Olympic team!)

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    Just to note - this is getting a fair bit of airing on the LERA forum

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    The uk no.8 rifles have not been destroyed yet......

    Hello

    Out of interest I submitted a FoI to the MoD.

    They have confirmed that they haven’t destroyed the no.8’s and they still hold 6956 rifles. 2065 unserviceable No.8’s have however been destroyed.

    They will be sending the remaining rifles to DESA who will then try to sell them sometime in the future. If the cannot then they would be destroyed at that point in line with govt. policy.

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    Any possibility of having them sent to foreign countries?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveWales View Post
    Hello

    Out of interest I submitted a FoI to the MoD.

    They have confirmed that they haven’t destroyed the no.8’s and they still hold 6956 rifles. 2065 unserviceable No.8’s have however been destroyed.

    They will be sending the remaining rifles to DESA who will then try to sell them sometime in the future. If the cannot then they would be destroyed at that point in line with govt. policy.
    Then they are still holding (& scrapped a high percentage) of the 15,000 manufactured by Fazakerley (There were an additional 2000 manufactured in the '50's by BSA specifically for export to New Zealandicon) I wonder what has happened to the other 6,000 ?
    Mine are not the best, but they are not too bad. I can think of lots of Enfields I'd rather have but instead of constantly striving for more, sometimes it's good to be satisfied with what one has...

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    I don’t think the MoD records go back too far so I don’t think they know. They will have a records and retention policy that will initially archive and then destroy records. I think that’s why they have referenced ten years in their response. I’ve copied the full question I asked and response below.

    Thank you for your email of 28th December 2019 requesting the following information:

    I am submitting the following as a FoI request.

    The scope of this request are all organisations financed through the MoD budget (i.e. Army, Royal Navy, RAF, reserves, cadet forces etc.).

    For the No.7, No.8 and No.9 .22 cadet training rifles can you provide details of:
    1. The volumes of rifles originally purchased broken down by rifle type, together with details of the year and month of purchase and the volume purchased from each manufacturer (I.e. BSA, Parker Hale or ROF Fazakerley).
    2. Volumes of each rifle type currently held either directly or in reserve.
    3. Details of all sales/gifts (I.e. month and year of sale, volume, types of rifle sold/gifted and recipient). If the rifle was deactivated before being sold/gifted can you identify these separately please.
    4. Details of all disposals (I.e. month and year of destruction, volume and types of rifles destroyed.)

    I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

    A search for the information has now been completed within the Ministry of Defence (MOD), and I can confirm that some information in scope of your request is held.

    The information you have requested can be found below.

    1. We believe the Enfield No. 8 cadet training rifle was manufactured in the 1940s and 1950s. Despite an intensive search of archives, no records exist regarding the original procurement. I can confirm that none have been procured in the last ten years.
    2. None of these rifles are held directly or in reserve.
    3. None of these rifles have been gifted or sold as yet.
    4. In relation to the Enfield No. 8 cadet rifle the below table gives details of those unserviceable rifles that have been sent for demilitarisation and subsequent disposal

    Quantity Date
    469 17/06/2011
    499 17/06/2011
    295 17/06/2011
    1 22/02/2012
    2 22/02/2012
    9 20/03/2012
    16 20/03/2012
    24 22/04/2015
    89 22/04/2015
    103 22/04/2015
    48 22/04/2015
    43 22/04/2015
    100. 22/04/2015
    98 29/04/2015
    51. 29/04/2015
    122. 29/04/2015
    95. 29/04/2015
    1 20/07/2016

    In addition to the above, 6,956 No 8 cadet rifles are to be released to the Defence Equipment Sales Authority for potential sale.

    Under Section 16 of the Act (Advice and Assistance) you may find it helpful to note that no records of the Enfield Cadet No. 7 rifle could be found despite a search of archives. The Enfield Cadet No. 8 has been replaced by the Cadet Small Bore Training Rifle (CSBTR). The CSBTR is erroneously referred to in some quarters as the No. 9, but this description is not recognised by the MOD and no other rifle referred to as the No. 9 has been procured by the MOD. It is Government policy that small arms which are declared surplus by the MOD, other than automatic weapons which are routinely destroyed, are made available only to Governments, for use by acceptable military, paramilitary and police organisations, either directly or through duly licensed entities authorised to procure weapons. The MOD does not sell surplus weapons in the commercial market place. Any small arms not sold to other Governments are destroyed in line with tightly controlled procedures and sold as scrap metal. This activity is undertaken by the MOD’s Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA).

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    There is a small, albeit slight, chance that a suitable government buyer picks them up when they do become available for sale. It would be interesting if the US picked them up and what that could mean following their exit from the UN small arms treaty last year. I believe it’s the UN treaty that is behind the policy of not selling to commercial organisations and only selling to governments. If the US are no longer a signatory then they can sell to civilians and other organisations as they see fit. Personally I don’t think 22 target rifles are within the spirit of the scope of the UN treaty anyway but that’s just my opinion.
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    One question I do have is how much interest is there / was there in trying to save the remaining No.8’s? I know this was looked at a few years ago when there was a previous Secretary of State for defence. The current Secretary of State for defence is Ben Wallace:-

    The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP - GOV.UK
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