An extremely rare .22 target rifle built in 1947 by J.H Barnett Son & Co Ltd of Liverpool & Birmingham. The company only manufactured two hundred and fifty rifles, with a few more being made up from spares. I have decided to sell, as I rarely fire the rifle and it has sat in my Armoury for the last six years without any use. The serial number of this rifle is No11 making it part of the very first production batch.
The rifle is a unique design as it has a sliding cylindrical breech block and a lever operating and locking mechanism.
The rifle has been completely restored and the stock has received a major repair to the pistol grip. As part of the first production batch the rifle is fitted with the original heavy target barrel and the unique spring loaded loading platform, both of which were discarded in latter production runs. This rifle is in immaculate condition and is a superb example of this very rare model with original woodwork/metalwork all in superb condition.
The rifle has been fitted with a parker Hale PH25A rearsight and foresight as the original sight had been lost prior to my purchase. However I have since obtained an original very rare rearsight which is included in this sale. Unfortunately I have been unable to trace the foresight assembly.
The rifle is currently configured with an equally rare Parker Hale “Target Scope” which has a fine cross hair reticule, x9 magnification and was manufactured circa 1936.