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Old 01-08-2019, 08:15 PM
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I cannot find the weight of the different Martini 22LR’s anywhere. My son is on a school rifle team. The max. Weight for a rifle is 8.5 pounds. Are any of the Martini’s under this weight? I see some have straight bull barrels and some are tapered, but no book I have tell the weight. I would love to have one with peep sights for him to try. Thank you, Samuel Hall in NC
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:43 PM
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The 12 or 12/15 are about 10lbs without sights. The International series are much heavier (12.5-14). So needing 8.5 those wouldn't work.
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I think the 12s are lighter than 10lb in factory yrim. BSA literature lists 8lb 12oz for the model 12, and 9lb for the 12/15. Sadly that's still over 8 1/2lb.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:52 AM
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That is what I needed to know! That saved me a lot of money. But, if I run across a nice Martini with peeps on the front and rear, I would love to have one to shoot and play with. Or maybe someone has had one re-barreled in a match 22LR barrel in a light contour that will make the 8.5 pound limit. Thanks for the reply, Samuel Hall
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:28 AM
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You could go for a Mod 6 which is well under that as they are Sporters or even a Mod 13 which is basically a mod 12 with a light barrel. sights of course can be added to both models if needed.
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:39 PM
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Iirc there is a No.8 which is the Cadet action with a shorter, lighter tapered barrel, straight wrist stock that goes about 7.5#. I had one but it is gone now or I would weigh it for you. Visually think a bit smaller No.12. To be clear, it is not one of the rare and expensive sporters.
One of the problems in finding BSA Martini's is that more than a few descriptions are incorrect as the only way to 'model' them is by their features.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:51 AM
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A BSA Mod 8 does in fact have a shorter than Mod 12 heavy barrel 25" thin wall action made in 2 calibres I have both. Just checked the .22" and its is just shy of 7lbs with sights and sling. A model with a thin wall action and light barrel is not a Mod 8.
The designation of these models is not the easiest thing.
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Old 10-04-2019, 03:27 PM
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As a junior in the mid to late 70's I competed in smallbore competitions with a BSA Martini against the more moderns such as Ansutz and Feinwerkbau. I don't recall the weight limit but expect that it is similar to today. What we did was to remove material from the inside of the butt and forestock until we achieved compliance. I still remember going up to the Loblaws where my mom worked near closing time and using the digital scale in the deli for a weigh in to see that we had reached the target.
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Old 10-04-2019, 04:23 PM
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Unfortunately, ime, what can be removed in wood weight is pretty slim, the most of the weight is in the action and barrel.
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Martini weight? Is that with or without the olive?
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:06 PM
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There’s someone advertising a supposed BSA Martini Model 13 ( the lightweight sporter” of BSA promotional material) on Gunbroker. The stated barrel length, however, would be too long for a Model 13 if the usual sources for specs are to be believed. The OP might however want to contact the seller and ask the weight of the rifle.
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There is a British Miniature Rifle website Ive often run across that has a wealth of info; old adds, specs, etc. Give a 'google' search?
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There is a British Miniature Rifle website Ive often run across that has a wealth of info; old adds, specs, etc. Give a 'google' search?
http://rifleman.org.uk/
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:25 AM
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Yes! Thanx much Dave, I couldn't dredge it up inside my head
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