Genuine Rhodesian Army
Used in the Rhodesian bush war
This rifle has come from the estate of a Former North Rhodesian Soldier
This rifle has come from the estate of a former North Rhodesian Soldier who moved to the UK in 1997 after his family lost there farm in Southern Rhodesian in the mid 1990's (confiscated by Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Government)
We were under the understanding from the owner that this was used as a sniper rifle in the Rhodesian Bush war's in the 1970's.
Unfortunately he has since passed away without given us any provenance to confirm this , we had to make 100% sure as a South African bloke contact us claiming we were on ' very dodgy grounds'.
But as luck would have it we have found someone still alive who was in the Rhodesian Army at that time and he has confirmed to us that this rifle is a Genuine Rhodesian Army issued rifle with the correct markings.
In reality the rifle speaks for itself , the markings on the receiver are not engraved or etched but machine stamped pressed into the receiver, the press stamp are very deep and would require a machine number press.
We did ask ourselves how many people actually 'know' what a Rhodesian Army receiver stamp look like ( not many) and in the end it looks right !
RA (Rhodesian Army) 001 (Serial number) M (Military)
NB All Rhodesian Army weapons were either marked RA or RM all South African supplied weapons were wiped of all markings including serial numbers ect
The Rifle: Fazakerley Number 4 Mk2 dated 1955 Pre fix UF
The Barrel: SPORTSCO 7.62 x 51 Heavy barrel (same profile as the L42A1)
For those that don't know Sportsco, Sportsco was an Austrian Gun Company that exported rifles and gun barrels to the Rhodesia pre UDI ( Sportsco closed down in 1980)
In Pre UDI Rhodesia, Rhodesia was a large client of Sportsco Austrian Gun Company and after UDI to get around the Australian export embargo to Rhodesia, Sportsco shipped through South Africa and then through South Africa to Rhodesia.
The Scope: Pecar Berlin 4 x 10 x 45 (same as the Enforcer) and were
imported via a German Import agent in South Africa
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