A RARE 5.56x45mm NATO CADET GENERAL PURPOSE TARGET / SNIPER PROTOTYPE BOLT-MAGAZINE RIFLE, serial no. CGP0005,
23 3/4in. unsighted nitro barrel, fitted with a Pecar Berlin Variable 4-10 telescopic sight, no safety, folding bipod, detachable magazine, synthetic stock with camouflage effect finish, weight 12lb. 15oz.
Provenance: the1980's saw the adoption of the 5.56x45mm Nato cartridge as the second standard service rifle cartridge for NATO forces as well as many non-Nato countries. One of the forward thinking military research establishments of the time proposed a 5.56mm sniper rifle so that every member of the squad in the field would use the same ammunition. Unfortunately a lack of suitable ammunition at the time meant that this concept was dropped. The appearance a few years later of the Australian-made 62gr SS-109 projectiles together with the new F1 5.56 cartridge cases later prompted a conversation that would see the creation of this rifle. Parker-Hale had done some preliminary development work on a Cadet General Purpose rifle for school cadet work. The MOD dropped the proposal leaving Parker-Hale with a few prototype actions but no barrels. Greg Matthews was a former rifling subcontracter to target rifle manufacturers MAB Engineering and consequently had a few 10" twist Delta blanks available. These were sent to England and the result was a 5.56 CGP target/sniper prototype capable of 0.5" groups at 100 Metres.
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S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act