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    RA007M Rifles

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    RA007M


    A Genuine 1970's Rhodesian Army 7.62 Sniper Rifle

    with fully fitted out Transit case

    The History

    When we first purchased this rifle from an estate sale, we never thought for a minute that we would be entering into the murky world of international arms dealer's and foreign Governments working there way around UN Sanctions in the late 1960's into the 1970's.

    When we first saw RA007M for the first time we though it was just another L39 / Enforce /Envoy type rifle used by the civilian's and the UK police forces .

    On closer inspection we found it was fitted with military grade battle sight's system and a Pecar scope that had a military grade reticle post fitted which we found very odd and not something found on any UK Police equipment, also the 7.62 x 51 barrel fitted to this rifle has SPORTSCO stamped on it.

    For those that don't know Sportsco, Sportsco was an Australian Gun Company that exported rifles and gun barrels into Rhodesia pre UDI ( Sportsco closed down in 1980)

    In Pre UDI Rhodesia, Rhodesia Army was a large client of Sportsco Austrian Gun Company and after UDI to get around the Australian export embargo to Rhodesia, Sportsco shipped through South Africa and then through South Africa to Rhodesia.

    The Rifle

    The big giver way was the serial number which has a Rhodesia Army prefix and a factory grade number stamping RA007M which would be very hard to replicate by fakers if impossible.

    RA007M has a Number 4 Mark 2 Fazakerley UF55 Receiver and two 7.62 x 51 Sterling magazine (one in the chest) , the bolt has RA007 Stamped on it and the rifle is fitted with a hammer forged Sportsco 7.62 x 51 barrel and the rifle is fitted with military iron sights system. We can see no attempt to remove its original UF55 pantograph serial number has been made and is still present on the rifle.



    VINTAGE ANTIQUE B C & CO TEL SCT REGT MK IIS LEE ENFIELD SNIPER RIFLE CHEST TELESCOPE. OPTICS ARE CLEAN - NO SCRATCHES. GREAT MAGNIFICATION. ALL ORIGINAL

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    Problems and solutions

    The Rhodesians Army had a problem if they were to build a sniper rifle or two, they had to get equipment in through the UN arms embargo net around Rhodesia at that time, the answer was to convert pre UDI rifles UF55's into sniper rifles. They did have plenty of Lee Enfield bolt action No4 Mark 2 service rifle's in Army stores, these had been replaced by the Lithgow SLR L1A1 contract's in 1964 also the South Africa were sending over large numbers of Metric R1 SLR's into Rhodesian by that time as well.



    To make a 7.62 x 51 Sniper rifle you need barrels and very good one's at that,

    Sportsco fitted the brief as they were already gun running the UN blockade though South Africa into Rhodesia and they also had a gun barrel plant in Australia.

    Things were now looking up and the last item was a good quality scope, and again South Africa had a Pecar importation agent in South Africa at that time.







    RA007M was born

    It is impossible to know when RA007M was born but around 1968 – 1972 would be about right. It does 'look' very British Military in its looks and

    one could think that 'maybe' it was built by an ex-British military armours who was then in the employment of the Rhodesian Army



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    There is very little is know about the Rhodesian Army sniper program, maybe there were only seven ever made or maybe more but as night follows day you will never seen another one.



    This rifle comes from a bush war now long forgotten about , in a land long forgotten about, from a land now with another name.





    £4,500.00



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    £ 4,500
    Category:Rifles
    Condition:Used
    Price:£ 4,500
    Sale type:Trade
    Make:RA007M
    Manufactured Year:1970
    Mechanism:hammer
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