Merkel O/U shotgun rifle combo Cal. 7x65R 16GA 25' chockes full Schmidt&Bender 3-12x50 Description: Tobi and George love traditional European hunting weapons. These valuable guns were manufactured in the 1950s through the 1990’s, when high volumes were produced in Germany and Austria. Parker Hale M85 Serial Number Checks & Provenance on Manufacture 02:57pm Chosenman, Steve, 00245F - Hand built and assembled 4th March 1988 by Bill Smallwood Parker Hale Factory fitted with a Schmidt & Bender sight 12x42 Trigger adjusted for single pull 2 and 1/4Ibs.
|Place of origin||Norway|
|Mass||5.6 kg (12.3 lb)|
|Length||1,120 mm (44.1 in)|
|Barrel length||600 mm (23.6 in)|
|Cartridge||7.62 × 51 mm NATO|
|Rate of fire||N/A|
|Muzzle velocity||860-880 m/s|
|Effective firing range||800 m (875 yd)|
|Feed system||5-round magazine|
|Sights||Schmidt & Bender 6×42 telescopic sight|
Simrad KN250 night scope
AG-3iron sight (NM149-F1 only)
The NM149sniper rifle was developed by Våpensmia A/S in close cooperation with the Norwegian Army and is based on the tried and true Mauser M98 controlled feed bolt action. These actions originate from Mauser Karabiner 98k rifles left by German armed forces in Norway at the end of World War II in 1945. It is used by both the Norwegian military and police forces, though it was originally designed at the request of the Norwegian Army. The NM149 replaced the Kongsberg M59F1 in the Norwegian Army.
The NM149 stock is laminated beechveneer, pillar bedded and is adjustable for length of pull via a spacer system, the barrel is a German made cold-hammered barrel with 4 grooves right hand twist, of heavy contour and the system shoots very well. Chuck schuldiner zero tolerance rar. There was a problem with the early versions of the stock cracking, but that problem has since been solved. The rifles have an easily adjustable match quality trigger, but come from the factory with a pull weight of only 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs). The standard telescopic sight for the Norwegian military and police is a Schmidt & Bender 6×42, but the scope rings are basically NATO standard, and can be removed and replaced with rings which allow the mounting of other Western telescopic sights. They can also be removed entirely, and replaced with a mount allowing the use of most NATO-compatible night vision devices. The rifles were given the serial numbers of the Schmidt & Bender 6×42 telescopic sight to make a matching pair. The system was very capable and effective and served in the Norwegian army from 1988 to 2013. It was replaced in service by the Heckler & Koch HK417.
An improved model, the NM149-F1, has since been developed and produced. It has a better and stronger laminated and weatherproofed beech stock, and an American-made heavy contour barrel (diameter 21mm) with a permanent front sight, and a flash suppressor from the AG-3 service rifle. The stock is not pillar bedded, which makes it somewhat more susceptible to weather changes.A bipod and suppressor can be fitted as needed.
- Hanevik, Karl Egil (1998). Norske Militærgeværer etter 1867. Hanevik Våpen. Chapter 25. ISBN82-993143-1-3.
Support staff at Leupold's facility in Beaverton, Oregon were surprised to find a number of rifle sights being returned for service.. which were not actually genuine Leupold sights.
It seems that a number of counterfeit sights have been manufactured in Hong Kong and China, and sold through various methods - primarily over the internet. This is, of course, a matter of great concern to anyone wanting a genuine Leupold scope! How can you be certain that the scope you buy is, in fact, a genuine Leupold product?
First, all of the counterfeit Leupold scopes have been the Mark 4 models. Other counterfeits may be out there, but everything seen thus far by Leupold staff have been the Mark 4.
The first and most obvious place to look is on the adjustment dial, which will not include the antiqued brass Leupold medallion. The counterfeit scopes all have a bare black center on the adjustment dials.
Additionally, the objective ring is etched in white on black, and does not say 'Leupold.' All authentic Leupold sights have black on black objective rings, with 'Leupold' engraved on the ring. Finally, the 'Leupold' logo and 'Mark 4' are laser engraved in silver on the bottom of the turret.
Counterfeiting on the internet is rampant, and it is always worth a little effort to ensure that what you are getting is a real Leupold sight. Checking these three basic features of the sight you ordered can easily discern whether you have been duped, or are in fact the proud owner of a genuine Leupold sight.
When in doubt, all scopes sold by Leupold either directly or through an authorized dealer are tracked, and the serial number will confirm whether it is in fact a Leupold-manufactured rifle sight. By calling 1-800-LEUPOLD, Leupold's staff will be glad to confirm any valid serial number as genuine.