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Old 10-29-2009, 11:07 PM

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Suhl 150s and 150-1s, cheekrest question

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As a relatively recent arrival into the world of the Suhl 150-1, I'm wondering if anyone knows about the stocks with and without the adjustable cheekrests.

Most of the 150-1s I've handled or seen listed have the adjustable cheekrest. However, I've heard of them turning up on 150s as well. I've also heard of 150-1s apparently built without the cheekrest.

Was the cheekrest an orderable option, that maybe got more popular later in production? Were the cheekrest and non-cheekrest stocks intended for different shooting events? Length of pull seems a bit longer on the non-cheekrest stocks.

FWIW, I'd hazard a guess that more 150-1s have the cheekrest stocks than not.

The history thread implies that the 150s were built earlier (up through the mid 1970s at least), and the 150-1s seem to follow later. The serial numbers appear to continue across the 150 to 150-1 transition.

OK, what's the highest number 150 (NOT -1) anyone has seen? How about the lowest number 150-1?

Thoughts and observations appreciated. Obviously I'm asking about guns that were in the condition as imported, not ones that had parts swapped later, as all bets are off when you get into that!


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Old 10-30-2009, 07:51 AM

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We should do a sticky and start a registry. Substitute XX for the last 2 digits of the serial number. List the stock type, bbl lenght, twist, proof markings, etc. [We did this on the Colt AR15 on and it really helped identify the timeline on the tiny details that the earliest guns have. I doubt the 150's have much of this sort of thing but you never know.

Is there any sort of 'date of manufacture' code that we might get info on ??

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Old 10-30-2009, 12:34 PM
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One the bottom of the barrel, after stock removal there is a date stamp.
They made "modell 150-1" (note spelling) in 89 or 90; my test target was dated 1989.
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:17 PM
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i think you'll find some stock swapping occured.
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Old 11-01-2009, 05:15 AM
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The 150 and 150-1 were both built for the UIT Standard rifle course. This was introduced in the '60s to encourage wider participation, and so mandated a much simpler rifle than the heavy and complex Free Rifle. Initially Standard rifle rules prohibited an adjustable cheekpiece, but I think this was relaxed in the early '80s to allow a moveable cheekpiece, one that could be raised with wedges, or replaced with a different size. I imagine the 150-1 stock was designed to take advantage of the rule change, much like the difference between an Anschutz 1407 and 1807.
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