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    Parker Hale M82 Serial number check.

    Good Day,
    I have recently acquired what i believe to be a genuine parker hale M82 rifle. The rifle is complete except for the hand stop and sling. Scope is Khales ZF69 6x42. If someone on this site could check the serial number of my rifle i would be grateful. The serial is G -15477 or S-15477 its hard to make out the prefix letter.
    Thank you in advance Seymore.

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    Seymore,
    Could you post an image of the serial number as there is no trace of it solely on the 15477. If it was an M82 its prefix would be an R, and it doesn't sound like you have anything that looks like that there.
    If I have the image I will forward it onto one of the ex engineers at PH for his guidance.
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    Gill,
    I had another look at the serial number after applying some white chalk and it is in fact G-15477. The rifle has been coated in some type of light paint long ago making the prefix hard to make out. The barrel has a parkerised finish which also has remnants of the same finish.
    Does the G prefix number show up anywhere? I will try and post some photos of my rifle soon.
    Thanks Seymore

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    Seymore,
    Sadly not, be of interest to see images of the rifle as it could be a "special" in some way, but I can ask the question once we have the images.
    The G suffix was attributed to the C3A1 contract but placed after the number ie 00001G not at the start.
    There are quite old Parker Hale African rifles which start H02302 so one has to assume soemwhere in the dim distant past a G could have been used, but there are absolutely none on the PH records, which I would have thought would have been logged.
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    Hello,
    Its taken me a while to get to my rifle but I have some photos. This is my first time posting photos so please be patient if it doesn’t work out.

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    Hi Seymour,
    Welcome to the site.
    If you go to this link and read it through it will assist you to upload the images easily. Once you have got through the pain barrier of the first time blues it will be a sinch in future.

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    Parker Hale Serial number check

    Hello again
    So I've taken some photos of my Parker Hale rifle and i thought i would post a few for fellow enthusiasts to look at and make comment. I am convinced that this rifle has been the way it is for a long time. The handling marks on the barrelled action,stock and scope is uniform. I also found the serial number penciled in the forend in the barrel channel. The barrel and scope had at some stage camouflage tape of some kind applied and the gum that remained was slow going to remove. Serial number is S-15477.
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    The serial number and configuration you have makes this a M82. I see it is proofed at 20T. Can you tell me the number and letters in the proof circle on the barrel. It can be decoded to tell us the DOM. What is the serial number on the scope..it's the Nr xxxxx number on the right side of the eyepiece. Also see wood disturbance need the tip of the stock where a stud has been inserted...is there a rail on the underside? Ron (Canadaicon).

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    Thanks for the reply Ron. Yes there is a rail on the under side of the forend. The hand stop and front sling swivel are missing and I’m tipping the elderly gentleman that I bought the rifle from put the stud there. The numbers and letters in the circle are F8 with 4 underneath and the scope number is 222111. The rifle shows wear on the external finish but the bore and bolt face are excellent. It groups surprisingly well fo an old rifle.
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    Check your Proof Date code again. I think you have "FB over 4" which makes a DOM of 1980 (FB) and proofed by Inspector 4. The Kahles scope number is approx this date as well. It's well beyond the Canadian C3 range. Very nice M82 fullbore rifle. These were very accurate and a lot of fun to shoot. Ron (Canadaicon).
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