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leveractionjackson
February 01, 2017, 22:46
New to this forum. Here in cold ass KC, MO.

Search does not work for me.
Any decoding help would be greatly appreciated.

My barrel is marked 960 2006 PH. CF a faint why looks to be a 5 87

Sight block has a 1 below the ear. 960 2266 PH 86

Carry handle 9602302 F 59

Lower. UB 59. A4 8763
On flat by pistol grip marked 960 0071
Thanks again

JonnyP
February 01, 2017, 22:52
New to this forum. Here in cold ass KC, MO.

Search does not work for me.
Any decoding help would be greatly appreciated.

My barrel is marked 960 2006 PH. CF a faint why looks to be a 5 87
1987 Parker Hale manufactured barrel

Sight block has a 1 below the ear. 960 2266 PH 86
1986 Parker Hale gas block

Carry handle 9602302 F 59
Fazerkely 1959

Lower. UB 59. A4 8763
BSA 1959 lower
On flat by pistol grip marked 960 0071
Thanks again

Without photos, I'd say what you have is a mixmaster British kit of various years/manufacturers. British parts kits are not as 'trace-able' as Lithgow L1A1 kits. Various reasons for this, there is really no access to serial number registries (that I'm aware of) and even in service, not at all uncommon to find mixed serial rifles or force matched. When they were sold off to companies like Century, they tended to be caged into parts for builds. Best thing you can do to get a Brit build that is matching years and matching production factory. The factories were:
BSA Birmingham (UB or B)
Fazakerley in Liverpool (UF or F)
Enfield in London (E often superimposed over a D or UE)

Good news though, the Parker Hale replacement barrels that were fitted in the mid 80's are definitely the pick of the bunch in quality and accuracy. They are not particularly common and very desirable. They manufactured precision sniper rifles and were subcontracted for replacement barrels later in the L1A1 life. If the barrel is separate and you want to sell it, feel free to PM me :-)

leveractionjackson
February 02, 2017, 16:23
Thanks Jonny
Is the barrel chrome lined?

JonnyP
February 02, 2017, 16:51
The chamber is chrome lined, but I haven't seen anything to suggest PH lined the entire barrel. Others may chime in who are better informed than me..