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  1. Although I feel your pain, It makes a change to see the boots on the other foot. Almost everything shooting related we buy here is at an inflated price, powder, bullets, reloading tools, rifles etc. Maybe 10 years ago you could hardly give these BSA Martini's away, now though people are beginning to value them and prices are creeping up. This rifle is a Mk5 of about 1980's vintage, the last of the BSA Martini Internationals to be made - I paid £100. Up until around 25 years every town had a rifle club, often several clubs in the same town, almost all shooting standard prone target rifle with a sling and aperture sights, most shooting in local and national postal league competitions under strict NSRA rules. A great majority of these club shooter were using BSA Martini action rifles, - The earlier 12, and 12/15's were very common club rifles, more affluent clubs may have had the MK2 internationals - Many serious shooters opted for the MK 3, 4, and 5's as they became available. I would guess that the BSA Martini accounted for around 80% of all rimfire target rifles used in competition at that time, the remainder were made up a few Anschutz 54's, Finnish Lions, Russian Vostok CM-2's, the odd Unique etc. Although many of these clubs still exist but a great many have closed down, flooding the market with these old but good quality target rifles, many were scrapped and just barrels salvaged and fitted to various sporting rifles. Quite typical - Ruger precision rimfire Midway USA £300 ($390) same rifle Brownells UK £670 ($867) https://www.brownells.co.uk/RUGER-PRECISION-RIMFIRE https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1020908991
  2. I does if it's sec 1 firearm barrel.
  3. I recently picked up a rather tatty (and cheap) old BSA Martini International target rifle, it's been a club rifle for the last 40 years and came with no sights but that suited my needs perfectly. My idea is to turn it into a benchrest rifle. So first a really deep clean of the barrel and action and then made a very crude bracket to temporarily mount a scope just to see if the potential was there to start with. Pleased to say inherent accuracy was just as good as I expected it to be. So, designed a much more substantial bracket, roughed it out with a hacksaw then machined it to size. Again checked it for fit and function, milled out a small rebate and, after a home anodising job inserted a pre-engraved plate (99p from an ebay trophy supply shop) I made the flat forend from a piece of oak salvaged from a kitchen cabinet door. Next job will be to refinish the woodwork with an oiled finish. It really shoots a treat.
  4. There's still plenty of local rifle clubs operating under 11-4 exemptions. This was not unusual up until quite recently. Interesting note here showing where the police are giving out false information to try to make clubs give up this valuable freedom. https://nsra.co.uk/index.php/news/28-shooting/2572-advice-to-clubs-on-section-11-4-exemptions
  5. I believe that a smoothbore musket, held on a sec 2 cert can be used to shoot a single ball on approved ranges - However I guess this only applies to a muzzle loading musket, not a shotgun that you happen to load from the muzzle end. Personally I would ask the MLGB.....I fact I've just had a look: https://forums.mlagb.com/showthread.php?tid=298&highlight=Shooting+ball
  6. This is the back of the box. I guess these would date back to the 70's - I can't have been very impressed or I would have finished the box.
  7. I've got a few like that - these are paper cased:
  8. Here's an even more bargain basement one:- £50 https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32946129987.html?spm=a2g0o.detail.1000015.2.3a2b43b7eQDTaX&scm=1007.14452.136271.0&scm_id=1007.14452.136271.0&scm-url=1007.14452.136271.0&pvid=055ba739-cb23-4cee-8a47-248d477e980b&s=p
  9. I'm really surprised these add on NV kits haven't moved on a notch - I've found the biggest problem is the screen/eye relief set-up. An easy trick I've used is a camera LCD viewer, They are cheap and come in all sorts of sizes. Auction site number: 173950017261 or for something a bit more technical: https://www.ebay.de/itm/Monocular-FPV-Micro-Display-320-240-AV-Input-DIY-Night-Vision-Viewfinder/253865198881 With a bit of thought they could make a much neater system.
  10. I've found that the electronic targets have transformed the shooting experience at Bisley. Many years ago when targets were marked by shooters (Butt detail) the system worked well but over recent years where local youngsters have been used the marking in general was very poor/slow with two or three minutes for each shot to be marked and then often only a wait and a message four sent. The electronic target markers on Century at 600 yards and Stickledown at 1,000 yards work very well indeed with instant feedback/group size/score etc.
  11. Excellent job..:) I had exactly the same problem with my young grandson. This is one I made over ten years ago.
  12. I use a 2KG Co2 extinguisher to fill my co2 pistols/rifles - A new full cylinder costs around £25 and I can get a CO2 refill for £5.00. CO2 is typically around 800psi at room temperature up to 1,000 psi on a warmer day. - makes for very cheap shooting.
  13. I enjoy shooting this one too. .36 LePage with set trigger.
  14. It's called a Zylab Patriot. - no longer in production but they do come up from time to time. They usually come with two 5 shot (or 6 shot) magazines, and shoot just like a normal good quality target pistol (once the mag blocks are loaded) The UIT centrefire match is/was 60 shots at 25 yards. 30 are shot slow fire on a static target and 30 shots on a turning target. The "duelling" phase is in strings of five shots. The target faces for 3 seconds and turns away for 7 seconds then faces for 3 and so on. This competition was normally shot with .32 semi-auto pistols or sometimes revolvers. The 7 seconds away gives plenty of time to rack back the muzzle loader so is competitive with any normal target pistol. All shot with open sights and one handed.
  15. Muzzle loaders come in all shapes and sizes too - Here's my 5 shot muzzle loading target pistol. It's was designed so UK shooters can still compete in the international UIT/ISSF centrefire pistol match. It shoots a .32 98gn wadcutter bullet using nitro powder.
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