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THE B.S.A. MODEL Nos. 8 and 9 TARGET RIFLES

The heavy barrelled Model No.8 below has been retro-fitted with the BSA No.FS22 or Parker-Hale No2 tunnel fore-sight introduced circa 1930. These sights are virtually indistinguishable without close inspection of the manufacturer's markings. The rifle would, more usually, have left the factory with the BSA No.19 small-tunnel fore-sight.

Below: a circa 1912 advertisement for the Model No.8

 

In its original configuration, with a tapered barrel and short, tapered fore-end, the Model No.8 rifle weighed in at 6lbs. 9ozs. The Model No.9 rifle, with a longer fore-end, weighed just 5ozs. more.

As described in the advertisement above, the No.9 Model was as the No.8 but fitted with a long fore-end.

The Model No.9 carries a similar fore-end to the Model Nos.10 and 11 rifles, in that it is a quasi-military fore-end with a single front barrel-band, but without the steel nose-cap.

Below: a 1933 advertisement for the Model No.8

The later Model No.8 rifle had increased in weight considerably, by virtue of the larger fore-end now being fitted as more suitable for target shooting and the heavier - almost parallel sectioned - target barrel.

All Model No.8 rifles were manufactured on the "narrow" one inch wide action body - unlike the Models 12, 13, 12/15 and 15, which were all built on the one-and-a-quarter inch ( 1.25") wide action.

Below is a comparison image of the Model No.12 (top), Model No.13 (centre) and Model No.8 ( bottom) rifles

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