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    Australian Central Sight

    Can anybody advise me of the date of introduction of this sight please?
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    Mick,

    Muffet is the man to describe the history of Centrals in detail for you.

    I've just pulled out a Central No 4 (the last and most common) used in Target Rifle discipline and the patents on the back include the following dates: 31 May 34, 19 Dec 41 and 13 Feb 48.

    There's a little background, but ask the Oracle and you'll be much better informed...
    Trying to save Service history, one rifle at a time...

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    The CENTRAL was first patented on 31/5/34 as application 17801/34 and after two years of litigation due to patent conflict, was formerly accepted 6/6/35 and cleared for production 22/10/36 with cognate 20278/34.

    The first sight with rearward facing scale plates was available for sale prior to patent acceptance and was used to win the NSW Queens in 1935, Victorian Queens and Queensland Queens in 1936.

    The second model, designed to be used with an adaptor side mount, was slightly shorter. by 1940 the third model, The Bisley was in production, with modified windarm and multi position base mount, allowing it to be used on both types of Central mount plates available.
    This was the sight that was impressed in 1940/41 for military use.
    The Central No.4 that we are familiar with was released in 1942, but was not in production until post war, about 1948/50.
    Minor modifications to this model were made up until patent Expiry in 1970, after this time various clones were made.

    A more rugged version of the Central was made in Australiaicon and first manufactured as the MacRorie, than later as the T MAC.
    All versions are still in use today, servicing of worn sights is still available in Australia thru Mal MacKenzie at SIA.
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    I'm indebted to you both.

    The reason for the information request is because of possible rule changes to both the NRA (UKicon) and HBSA (Historical Breech Loading Smallarms Association) current published rules.



    It's always good to have the right dates and info when the arguments start!
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