20 (the same one was fitted to the Model 15 and Centurion Match rifles). n 1941, the Model 12 rifle was still offered with open sights at a price of £5-10s-0d. One tell-tale sign can be the presence of a block fitted to the barrel to take the earlier Model 19 sight, as most of the No's. 30, again a variation of the sight fitted to the Model 15 rifle, with a base similar to that on the Parker-Hale Nos.7 and 7a rear-sights. This is possibly the most common Model 12 rifle configuration now encountered , for most older rifles have been converted to this specification over the years. 2) - a cocking indicator is fitted at the side of the loading/breech block (this carried on until the early 1930's). Finally, it is well worth mentioning that the BSA Model No.12 barrel and action formed the basis upon which Parker-Hale first built their top specification small-bore target rifle - details of this remarkable product can be found on the page for the "DEWARIFLE" an image of which is shown below. was apparently "a well-known shot", (so well known that the book does not give his name). All the researched information would suggest the Model 12's introduction date to be at some point during 1911 or early 1912, and it is presumably coincidence that the model number and date seem the same. ~ 1) - the chequering on the fore-end covers a larger area and is much finer. Divide your own rifle's serial number by 3,000, add the figure to 1912, and you may have the approximate year of manufacture; no guarantee though.He committed suicide before being captured by police.Weise struggled in school due to frequent relocations, bullying, disruptions in his personal life and truancy. ~ n another of (by then Captain) Robinson's books, "Rifle and target"- 1930, he states that the Model 12 was the first target rifle with a 'wide target fore-end'. rifles had a suffix system of lettering, after the model number, to identify the specification of manufacture or accessories fitted; i.e.: 8a, 8b, 10a, etc. ~ he 1927 edition of "Small-bore Rifle Shooting" by E. Did this refer to the Model 12 'target fore-end', as opposed to the woodwork on the early Models 6 & 8, which was smaller, or did B. Also, most auctioneers are unwilling to state the Model number, with good reason - models are confusing in appearance, often modified or updated, and identification is therefore not at all easy - thus a serial number cannot always be attributed to a Model 12; only the fact that it was doubtlessly the model with the greatest production is an indication that the highest numbers are Model 12 rifles.
The rifle was advertised as a basic No.12 with open sights at £5-12s-0d, and with B. For those who may be seeking such information, we copy one such enquiry and, in part, our reply below. Is there any info on the approximate manufacture date? in production for more than 30 years, with most manufactured between the two World Wars, and an as yet undiscovered total production figure, accurately dating a Model 12 is not something we have not been able to easily achieve.
Model 12 in the 1914 edition of Robinson's book, but we suspect that this was a "typo", because to date we have only seen take-down models with a tapered locking screw, never with a thumb lever. A.) advises that " the model 12 has been popular despite the high tariffs charged". catalogue prices at the time, it is apparent that the reverse situation applied 'on this side of the pond'! Our best estimate is that the total production was of the order of 60,000 rifles, although this could be wildly inaccurate as it is partly derived from serial numbers seen on rifles at auction, and there is no guarantee that the series started with No.1, although that was the most usual system at that time.
~ e are aware that the American market preferred the fitment of the Lyman 48 rear-sight, which allowed for cleaning of the barrel from the breech end. Many BSA records were lost, if we recall correctly, as a result of bomb damage in Birmingham during the last War, and it may be that much of this information is no longer available; it would be preferable to ask him directly.
This is the earliest report of a major competition result yet found for the Model 12. Robinson's book on .22" shooting called "Rifle and Carton" (first edition 1911), but it appears in the third edition of 1914.
However, the catalogue does carry a report of a world record achieved with a Model 12 rifle. Oldman of Norfolk won the Eastern open championship in September 1912 with a score of 587 deliberate and rapid out of a possible 600".