2) - a cocking indicator is fitted at the side of the loading/breech block (this carried on until the early 1930's). Finally, it is well worth mentioning that the BSA Model No.12 barrel and action formed the basis upon which Parker-Hale first built their top specification small-bore target rifle - details of this remarkable product can be found on the page for the "DEWARIFLE" an image of which is shown below.
was apparently "a well-known shot", (so well known that the book does not give his name). All the researched information would suggest the Model 12's introduction date to be at some point during 1911 or early 1912, and it is presumably coincidence that the model number and date seem the same. ~ 1) - the chequering on the fore-end covers a larger area and is much finer. Divide your own rifle's serial number by 3,000, add the figure to 1912, and you may have the approximate year of manufacture; no guarantee though.
Model 12 in the 1914 edition of Robinson's book, but we suspect that this was a "typo", because to date we have only seen take-down models with a tapered locking screw, never with a thumb lever. A.) advises that " the model 12 has been popular despite the high tariffs charged". catalogue prices at the time, it is apparent that the reverse situation applied 'on this side of the pond'! Our best estimate is that the total production was of the order of 60,000 rifles, although this could be wildly inaccurate as it is partly derived from serial numbers seen on rifles at auction, and there is no guarantee that the series started with No.1, although that was the most usual system at that time.
miniature calibre rifles appear to run from model number 1 through to 13, then jump to 15, there is no certainty of any date/model number relation. Robinson's book of 1914, he states that the best rifle is undoubtedly the No.12 model, also saying that, where expense is no object, there is no doubt the No. However, in the 1911 first edition, he had used exactly the same wording, making the same claim, for the "Greener" (understood to mean the Greener "Miniature Club"). The 12 was built on a slightly heavier action than the previous models, the total width of which was 1 ¼", as opposed to 1" on earlier models. 8 folding rear-sight does not have click adjustments. So it was that the Model 12, fitted with tangent leaf rear and blade/barleycorn fore-sight, cost 70/- (£3.50). All this supposition means that it might not be unreasonable to estimate that, with limited production in the periods over both Wars, most production was between 19/8, a period of approximately 20 years including the two years prior to WWI. This is the earliest report of a major competition result yet found for the Model 12. Robinson's book on .22" shooting called "Rifle and Carton" (first edition 1911), but it appears in the third edition of 1914. However, the catalogue does carry a report of a world record achieved with a Model 12 rifle. Oldman of Norfolk won the Eastern open championship in September 1912 with a score of 587 deliberate and rapid out of a possible 600". He committed suicide before being captured by police.Weise struggled in school due to frequent relocations, bullying, disruptions in his personal life and truancy. On these rifles, the cocking indicator lever is still present. We receive occasional enquiries regarding BSA rifles and the possibility that their serial numbers indicate the date of manufacture. We have seen several take-downs with deep fore-ends that have a smaller panel of finer chequering, which we believe was an earlier variation from possibly the 1920's. Rifles with these split actions have maintained their integrity over nearly a hundred years of use and many thousands of operations. Query: I am the proud owner of a Model 12 that I have owned for 30 years. Thanks very much, any info will be greatly appreciated. John Knibbs ( John Knibbs International; worked at BSA for many years and nowadays sells spares for a cross-section of their cartridge and air rifles. The rifle was advertised as a basic No.12 with open sights at £5-12s-0d, and with B. For those who may be seeking such information, we copy one such enquiry and, in part, our reply below. Is there any info on the approximate manufacture date? in production for more than 30 years, with most manufactured between the two World Wars, and an as yet undiscovered total production figure, accurately dating a Model 12 is not something we have not been able to easily achieve. ~ n another of (by then Captain) Robinson's books, "Rifle and target"- 1930, he states that the Model 12 was the first target rifle with a 'wide target fore-end'. rifles had a suffix system of lettering, after the model number, to identify the specification of manufacture or accessories fitted; i.e.: 8a, 8b, 10a, etc. ~ he 1927 edition of "Small-bore Rifle Shooting" by E. Did this refer to the Model 12 'target fore-end', as opposed to the woodwork on the early Models 6 & 8, which was smaller, or did B. Also, most auctioneers are unwilling to state the Model number, with good reason - models are confusing in appearance, often modified or updated, and identification is therefore not at all easy - thus a serial number cannot always be attributed to a Model 12; only the fact that it was doubtlessly the model with the greatest production is an indication that the highest numbers are Model 12 rifles. The same method of detachment was still attributed to the B. But perhaps there is an example lurking out there somewhere! An allowance of 3/- (.15p) was made if the tangent leaf sight was not required. The price there was as against a new Winchester Model 52 at only . We are unable to understand the reference in this book to the "new longer fore-stock" (fore-end as we now call it). One rifle was reported, in a catalogue, with a serial number of 586555 but, since most seem not to much exceed 58,000 we suspect this may be a misprint with an extra "5"!