This is one of the 117 Target Rifles manufactured by (Bert) Herbert Whitaker between 1973 & 1976
Converted from a No4T Sniper Rifle
Whitaker was a trained engineer and spent most of his
working life in government service, which started in 1935
He had an interesting career in small arms whilst in government
service from chief examiner and involvement in the
He became heavily involved in experimental & prototype weapon systems.
Later on he also provided an advisory service to the R.S.A.F Enfield on target Rifle Development.
He retired in 1972 and set up business as a Gunsmith building specialised Target Rifles.
Whitaker was a keen rifle shooter of some note during
the 1960s & up to 1976 where he served almost every year on the GB
In the Dominion Rifle Matches he came 2nd with his Whitaker Rifle, however his team mate came 1st again also with a Whitaker rifle.
His gunsmithing career only lasted a few years before
his death in1976. He died in his sleep at Camp Perry whilst there
The Whitaker rifles are based on a vastly Modified No4
Action, with the butt socket milled away to enable the use of a one piece
The action was still fixed using the original front trigger guard screw supplemented by a secondary screw attached to the remaining top section of the butt socket, fairly similar to the Mauser action.
A new 7.62mm barrel was used and special proofed to 20T, which is now the norm for 7.62/.308 proof.
The trigger is also modified to give two adjustments,
the trigger pull weight is now adjustable due to the use of a standard
This rifle, number 072 is a rather nice example and like
many others Bert Whitaker built on ex No4T Sniper Rifle Actions
An unusual and rare example for the advanced Enfield Collector.