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    Posted: May 12 2020 at 11:59pm
This needs a good strip down, clean and re-paint but it is 'all there'.

Skeleton actions were produced by A J Parker and Parker Hale (as well as Apprentice Armourers) for use in teaching and demonstrating to wannabe armourers how the Enfield mechanisms interface and actually work.

In UK firearms law if a 'live rifle' has been converted then it ALWAYS remains classed as a firearm unless it has been deactivated in accordance with the law and a certificate issued by one of the two proof-houses.
Skeletonising a rifle is not in accordance with the Deactivation law.

If it has been built from 'scratch' as a Skeleton rifle, then it has never been a firearm and no licence required.
The original Skeleton rifles all have SKN numbers and there are no 'original' manufacturers identification marks, proof marks etc on the 'rifle'.

So here it is - a 1953 build on a Mk1 action
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I don't know if these people operate in other countries, but, in the UK we have groups of "Urban Explorers" who break into deserted factories, often putting themselves at great risk as these buildings can be very dangerous and dilapidated, If they are seen the Police are called and evict them from the 'Private Property' that they forced entry to (Breaking and Entering).


However, sometimes (being hypocritical) they do find some good stuff.

5 years after the A J Parker factory was closed down, it was 'entered' by these Urban Explorers and this is what they found :






















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imagine been let loose in that factory
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The skeleton action is great for helping understand the importance of the trigger guard in the trigger set up. Also the two stage trigger operation.

Regarding the Factory; it's amazing that they just closed the door on all that stuff. Were any of the machines salvaged?
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Originally posted by Zed Zed wrote:

Were any of the machines salvaged?


Not that I'm aware of - those pictures were 5 years after 'the doors closed', I'd imagine that everything was scrapped.
The area is derelict and with a Bus-Station and a 'Burger & Pizza takeaway' as neighbours.


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what a waist
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So sad
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One of the times I went to visit John Sukey he showed me three skeleton Enfields and two training Vickers skeleton action locks one was steel and one was copper color.

I have photos someplace.

Ah here we go.



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That's a terrible end for such an Iconic British firm.
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Very sad.
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I remember seeing Australian skeletons actions years ago.


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I have a Aussie skeletonized action 
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Originally posted by smerdon42 smerdon42 wrote:

I have a Aussie skeletonized action 



Still waiting …………….



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The Australian version is full length, not sure if they also did the shortened version.
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The Aussie skeletonized actions I saw where not full lenght, only a short barrel stub.

Where not cheap. Wish I had got one.
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Originally posted by Homer Homer wrote:

The Australian version is full length, not sure if they also did the shortened version.


Very nice.

The 'stubby' ones seem to be the only ones that appear in the UK, and they fetch 'their money'.
Last auction I went to one made £300 + 25% buyers premium (£375 OTD) which is about the same price as a 'live' rifle.
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