BSA Military Pattern
BSA Military Pattern
BSA Military Pattern serial no. 137
With thanks for this mouth-watering selection of pics to Chris, the lucky owner.
This is the same rifle that appears in John Knibbs' book on pre-WW1 air rifles fitted with a side-button lever catch. For some reason, by the time the present owner acquired it, the 'bayonet' lever that you see in the pics had been fitted.
The rifle shows little sign of use/wear and has virtually all its original finish.
BSA Military Pattern serial no. 420
With many thanks to Paul for these excellent pics. A superb example of a third (final) batch Mil Pat and with a
very high serial number. When John Knibbs published his book in 1986 the highest known serial no. was 392,
although he knew that more than 400 were made.
The fixed dovetail block front sight is unusual on this example and looks very expertly (factory?) fitted.
In .22 calibre.
BSA Military Pattern serial no. 188
Original post by Eddie:
A funny one this, people in the know say there are copies / fakes of these around, but how to tell?......I have been inside a lot of old guns, but this is the first Military model I have taken apart. To me, not having seen another, it seems correct from images and guns I have seen, but would love to know more, especially about the "folding" trigger, which gives a simulated 2 stage let off. The gun has remnants of Parkerizing all over. Now some parts are shared with the normal BSA models of the time, but there are some unique features ie. the barrel and sights, and the single hole in the cylinder at the rear. I can see no evidence of any alterations from a normal BSA, so am assuming this is the real thing?
Dummy bolt forging;
Box of bits!;
I thought these may be of more interest to show some of the unusual features, more research needed as the gun appears to be arsenal stamped and numbered to a regiment, so will be writing a few letters.
It is a bit of a beast to shoot, but after re-assembly I started to get freehand 6 yards groups like this;
Collection of BSA Military Patterns
With thanks to a lucky collector for these pics. They are accompanied by three rare dummy Lee Enfield training rifles, which appear to have been made for younger cadets - one is set against a full-sized Lee rifle to show their diminuitive size. The BSA Military Pattern air rifle was based on the Lee Enfield, of course.