VICKERS Mk: 1

Probably the most popular caliber firearm in most of the world. Many of us have more than one. They also are very collectible and still cheap to shoot.
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VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:24 am

Made a very silly offer on this last night and woke up as the new owner! :D :D

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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby Dutch Mosin » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:25 am

Silly offer or not, that is a fantastic rifle
I like these older .22 rifles.
Great find Duncan.

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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby joseyclosey » Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:01 pm

Nice one Duncan, I do like the the Vickers .22s myself. :D
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:20 pm

Going to a big Arms and Collectors fair in Poitier on Feb 28th so will be on the lookout for a rear aperture sight.
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby Dutch Mosin » Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:18 pm

Duncan,

Looking at the pictures it seems that the rifle had some sort of scope installed next to the aperture sight.
Any chance of finding one at the Arms and Collectors fair in Poitier?

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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:22 am

To be honest Martin I would rather be able to bring it back to the original sight system

There was a telescopic sight http://www.rifleman.org.uk/Parker-Hale_Targetscope.htm buit that would probably be more that I paid for the rifle :shock: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

I just found one on ebay.........745,00 USD - Environ 662,58 EUR :mad: :roll: :roll:
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:26 pm

Hey! it arrived today, all matching numbers and a beautiful looking bore. Range tomorrow morning so will see how it performs.
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:05 pm

Did some wandering around today and found this as a possible scope substitute .........

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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:12 am

Just back fromm the range - it's a tack driver :D :D
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby joseyclosey » Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:35 am

DuncaninFrance wrote:Just back fromm the range - it's a tack driver :D :D


I'd have been surprised if it wasn't Duncan, nice one. :D
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:50 pm

Well that was an most enjoyable morning.
This little Vickers is a great rifle. Trigger is crisp and light, the action is smooth and the whole thing just feels right!
The only issue is the sights which are the original iron ones and make the target picture difficult to maintain for me with my varifocal lenses but that is probably the main reason for getting it at the price I did !
The rifle will obviously perform better than I can but to have one in the gun cabinet is most gratifying.

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The search is now on for an aperture rear sight or a copy Malcolm Telescopic.........
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby Aughnanure » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:20 am

Shaping up well, Duncan; you get that scope an' there'll be no holding you. :D
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby Dutch Mosin » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:12 pm

Great rifle and fantastic results Duncan.
I think you did well.
I hope you'll find that aperture sight real soon.

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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:32 am

NEWS UPDATE..............

Apparently scopes made by J W FECKER are compatible so that gives me another option, all be it a possibly expensive one...................
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:46 am

With a view to trying to find a serviceable site and being totally exasperated at the lack of any positive sightings of the proper thing I recently bought this ParkerHale P.16.E with a view to 'converting' it. Not sure how I will do it but at least it's a start...............

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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:29 am

Made a start on converting the PH.16.E after sitting and looking at it for a couple of weeks :cool:

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I think I have it figured out but I need an aluminium block to set it up without damaging the original mounting position, just in case I ever get my hands on an original :roll: :roll:
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:15 am

Solution;

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A platform made from aluminium plate that will be placed in the well at the rear of the action and screwed in place. Then, the sight attached to the rear of the plate with 2 screws into blind, tapped holes.

Damage to the rifle ; - one threaded hole at the back of the barrel which will not be visible if the correct sight is ever found!
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:43 am

Damage to the rifle ; - one threaded hole at the back of the barrel which will not be visible if the correct sight is ever found!


Oooooooooo! Just been talking to a chap called Jim Hallam from the Classic Gun Company UK who seems to have some correct sights in his stock. He's moving house but says he will try and get back to me in the next two weeks. :razz: :razz:
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby dhtaxi » Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:57 pm

Nice one Duncan.
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:12 am

Still waiting for a proper reply re a dioptre sight so I took it to the range on Wednesday and shot 50 rounds. All in the black at 50 mtrs. This was the last 10 using the open sights.
A dioptre would improve that pattern I think.

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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby Niner » Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:14 am

Now that's the way to shoot. Makes up for the Webley. :bigsmile:
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:56 am

I have to tell you Robert, the Webley is special + even if I can't hit the side of the barn at 25 mtrs with it :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:34 pm

Had another crack with the Vickers today as well.It realey is a cracking little rifle .....

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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:19 pm

I have managed to track down someone who has some sights for the Vickers.
He is going to send me a selection after Christmas and all I have to do is select what I want and return the other ones with my payment.
That is what I CALL Customer Service :) :) :) :)
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:52 pm

Well here are the pieces that are on offer.

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Think I will buy the central rear sight and top left 6-hole with an integral large cup threaded to take a lens.
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby Niner » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:57 pm

It took him a while to send them. Better late than never I suppose. :bigsmile:
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:16 am

Not yet sent Robert, that's just asking me which ones I want.
Going to cost me $150 / £117 + postage but it makes the rifle whole again which pleases me no end.
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:29 pm

At long last the sight's arrived. They are slight loose fit but that can be sorted with some shims.

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The eye piece needs cleaning up a bit too :roll: :roll:

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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby Niner » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:24 pm

Just the thing for the rabbits in the "garden" that you've been talking about I'd think. :bigsmile:
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Re: VICKERS Mk: 1

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:11 am

No, Bunnybashing is the preserve of the TOZ!
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