These rifles were used for target practice and
also by schools, in the latter half of the 1950s, for junior cadet practice,
prior to the youngsters progressing on to the Lee-Enfield No.8 and the
.303"CF S.M.L.E., on the full-bore range.
The cost of these rifles when new was £18, the rifle
remained relatively inexpensive, however the days of the Century were
numbered. The Martini International had appeared in its Mk.II form by
now, and the Remington 37 and Winchester 52 rifles were in their heyday
- although considerably more expensive.
The action of the Century bares comparison with that of the BSA Model 2 and 3 rifles of much earlier design.
The standard rifle came fitted with the Parker-Hale Model 17 rear aperture sight & the FS22 tunnel foresight. This, together with the pistol-grip and wide-forend stocking, were the main justification for describing the rifle as a Match model.
Comes fitted with a Parker Hale Quick Loader, Elemnt Holder
& Wide Webbing Sling
This example is in Very Good Original Condition