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Britain Goes From Trainer to Competition: the No 8 Mk I

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Initially intended to be used only by the British Army (the Land Service), in 1950 the No8 rifleā€™s role was expanded to cover all three services. Unlike the other trainers made up to this point, the No8 MkI was designed as a target and competition rifle, instead of a service rifle reduced in caliber. It has a heavy barrel, a nice trigger converter to cock on open, and a heavy competition type stock. Adopted in 1948 or 1949 (sources differ), a whopping 76,000 were ordered and manufactured by BSA and Fazackerly – they remained in service until finally declared obsolescent by the British in 2014.

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