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Skennerton isn't in the business of stopping people from taking wooden nickels, so I think the real reason he won't commit himself without personal examination is the large number of far better done No.4T fakes (etc. etc.) which come on the market.

Saxby and Farmer are almost certain to be the British Saxby and Palmer. Here we have a minor difficulty, for there is no telling how long some of these minor British firms have been in business, or what they made when gun laws allowed for a bigger market. But in modern times they made airguns. Their commonest were German zinc alloy framed but real revolvers, I think Weihrauch, adapted to fire only their own very ingenious and efficient compressed-air cartridges. But they also did similarly fuelled conversions of real rifles, mostly Lee-Enfields. They were banned some years ago, and in contrast to cartridge handguns, they became unownable under any circumstances, and without compensation. To be fair, controlling airguns had nothing to do with it. The revolvers WERE being converted to cartridge use (probably very inefficient and dangerous use) by mostly West Indian drug gangs.

It's even possible that this rifle was once a Saxby and Palmer airgun conversion, and/or had "Saxby and Palmer" stamped on it. I suppose some people would count nine letters right out of eleven as more than 90% right. Or maybe he just needed to think of a name.
I've seen the Brocock cartridge compressed airguns.
A airgun built on a real Enfield might explain the radically tilted scope. low velocity yet some get pretty good accuracy at longer ranges than you might think, especially those that can handle a heavy pellet.

The Brocock cartridges were sometimes bored out to take a 8mm theatrical blank and a bullet heavier than the pellets it was made for. Velocity was said to be lethal.

The guns also might be movie props.

A friend had to lower the front mount of a one thousand yard target rifle years ago to get enough elevation, not that radically though.
From the position of the lever the mount may not be fully engaged in those photos.
 

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To add a bit, the cups are probably still available from Springfield Sporters. I paid $10. They came from India and were part of the martini device used on armoured vehicles. Springfield Sporters got burned on the deal as when they arrived, the martini actions turned out to be of new stamped steel manufacture that were not reworkable to a firearm. The Feds stepped in and said the actions with three inch??? barrels were illegal short barrelled rifles and had to be destroyed. After the dust settled, all they had left were the cups. I got to handle an action prior to distruction and it would not have made a decent gun.

A cup, a junk gun and some work can lead to untold profits. Not only Skunks smell.
Never heard of the martini type actions you speak of. If they even resembled the old Martini Henery actions they might have been usable for construction of blank firing prop rifles.

I did a quick check of the images and while they are full of artifacts I can't really spot a photoshop pattern to them.

I can download then into one of my editors and do a closer examination.


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Could that discharger be a line throwing set up?

The scoped rifle, the more I look at it, seems like it might be a photo of a work in progress.
The mount doesn't look like its engaged and a non adjustable scope like that may have been used by the fellow trying to regulate the mount by making any adjustments necessary to the mounting so that the fixed reticle would line up with the bore, then an adjustable scope of the same tube diameter could be exchanged for it and be easier to zero in.

I'm not up on these scopes, but saw some advertised that had no post but a fixed horizon wire.
A friend had a damaged scope and mount, the horizon wire was loose at one end but the post still worked, and those scopes similar to the one above that I saw advertised were recommended as a source of parts to repair the regular sniper scope.
Don't know if that would work or not.
I've cleaned, repaired, or rebuilt a few scopes and telescopes and binoculars over the years, so the friend asked me to look around for replacement parts, but that was long ago. My hands aren't up to that sort of fine detail work these days.

These may be stuff someone found among a deceased owners effects, with no explanation of what they are or where they came from.
In recent years several people have brought this sort of find over.
Not long ago a fellow brought over a pistol he'd found on the table next to his brother in law's corpse. He'd at first believed the man had committed suicide and on the spur of the moment pocketed the pistol to protect the family, not at all a smart idea but he was in a very disoriented state of mind at finding a corpse. Turned out the brother in law had a heart attack while examining or preparing to clean the antique, which hadn't been fired in decades, so it never became an issue. On my advice he gave the pistol to his wife to see it got back where it was supposed to be.
Had it been a crime scene he could have been in a world of trouble for even touching the pistol. But people don't always think straight when faced with a dead body out of the blue.
 

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If you have a tank or something that takes BIG ammo and has wheels, thats what the No42 scopes were made for.
It appears, as has been said that the shorty is actualy a smoke discharger. Remember the JAWAS zapping R2D2 with one of those?
Yep, the scopes had only a horizon wire according to the advertisement. I got the impression these were meant for the close range anti-tank guns that would be lined up and bore sighted on the target tank just before firing. The horizon wire would be useful for quickly setting the gun in position and being sure it hadn't shifted off kilter since the last shot.

I'm not saying the scope was meant for the use I described, it just seems a possible reason for it being in that mount.
I'm not familar with that mount but for the way its sitting and the position of the lever it looks like whoever took the photo just put it on without trying to dog it down properly.
I know the smoke discharger has been identified as such, but with the variety of civilian adaptations of such military accessories I wonder about the uses these could be put to, especially nautical or live saving uses.
I understand that the cut down SMLE actioned dischargers such as the Jawas used in Star Wars have been stripped of their cups and used as starting guns for yatch races at times where a regular pistol type blank won't make enough noise for all the contestants to hear it clearly. It would take the place of the small cannon they often use for the purpose.

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I looked at the auction site and the discharger markings are claimed to be "Saxby & Parker" rather than "Saxby & Farmer".
Neither appears to be related to rifles, though "Saxby & Farmer" is at least a real company.

Just thought of another use for a discharger, launcher dummy birds for training retreivers. Only thing similar that I've seen were smaller bore and mounted on pistols. I have one of the blank pistols meant for use with this sort of dog training dummy bird. These are about the only blank pistols I know off that aren't manufactured with a bore obstruction. The small caliber one I have uses a stem on the "bird" loaded directly into the muzzle.
 

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HI I found the photos on the AWM site.
http://www.awm.gov.au/
Found this on that site
2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion; QX61195 Private Henry Richard Maris, 2/33 Btn; using a rifle grenade launcher with EY (Edward Yule - inventor) discharger cup (these were ordinary .303 rifles no longer suitable for use as a rifle, but with the discharger cup fitted they were used as grenade launchers, copper wire wound around hand guards on barrel to prevent barrel rupturing when fired)
Suppose there might be a connection to the Emergency use marking on some SMLE rifles?
 
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