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Thread: Blaser barrels ...... interesting

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    Blaser barrels ...... interesting

    Whilst searching for a bit of information I came across this snippet:-

    Armalon Hammer Forged Barrels

    Armalon Limited, incorporating its predecessor "Practisport", embraces almost a quarter century in business as UK Registered Firearms Dealers specialising in the design, manufacture and custom gunsmithing of top quality firearms, particularly rifles, pistols and revolvers.The company is finalising an expansion programme that will add to their existing largely CNC based production facilities, the complete barrel making plant previously owned and operated by Parker-Hale Limited. Also on hand are the key production personnel who successfully operated that plant. Over the years Parker-Hale produced a wide range of superb barrels, not only with the 1200TX and other target rifles but also their M82 and M85 Sniper rifles, the UK MoD’s L82A1 and L82A2 Cadet target rifles, and their full choice of reproduction muzzle loading classics. The range also included a host of other types from their airguns to the .22 semi-autos. In addition many barrels were produced on contract for other discerning end-users demanding top quality such as for the German Blaser rifles.
    Notice this bit:-

    " In addition many barrels were produced on contract for other discerning end-users demanding top quality such as for the German Blaser rifles."

    Seems you learn something new everyday. One wonders if this is indeed the case where Blaser went shopping for their barrels after Parker-Hale closed?

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    I wonder how one could identify a PH-built barrel?? Maybe Blaser would know?~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    I wonder how one could identify a PH-built barrel?? Maybe Blaser would know?~Muir
    It'll be the one that groups well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brithunter View Post
    Whilst searching for a bit of information I came across this snippet:-



    Notice this bit:-

    " In addition many barrels were produced on contract for other discerning end-users demanding top quality such as for the German Blaser rifles."

    Seems you learn something new everyday. One wonders if this is indeed the case where Blaser went shopping for their barrels after Parker-Hale closed?
    Rumour has it that barrels for Blaser, Mauser & Sauer rifles are made by SIG Sauer

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbrayford View Post
    Rumour has it that barrels for Blaser, Mauser & Sauer rifles are made by SIG Sauer
    That is not rumour, that is fact. Barrels for all three brands are made in one Sig Sauer plant.

    This is not to say Blaser bought barrels elsewhere in the past, as I have no idea.

    Brit, how old is this info? Seems to me Parker Hale have been closed for quite a few years now?

    I have heard of Armalon before, no first hand knowledge of this company though.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Having only shot a few Blaser R93's and that was at least 12-15 years ago .... well it was before F.A. Anderson opened their clothing shot two doors down from the gunshop so it might have been as a long as 1996 come to think of it it was not long after the Pistol ban............................ Phew how time flies . The two were were testing were very good and precise using federal American Eagle FMJ ammunition in .308. I seem to remember shooting a 7x57 plastic stocked one much later but it left such little impression I am having trouble recalling it now. He didn't have it long as I recall and I cannot recall how well it shot or not.

    Have seen others shot and they normally seem to be quite precise on target.

    I DO recall the beautiful Chapuis SxS rifle in 8x57JRS we shot the same day as the pair of R93's and if only I could have afforded it I would have brought it but there you go it was way out of my pockets reach at £4000 back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    That is not rumour, that is fact. Barrels for all three brands are made in one Sig Sauer plant.

    This is not to say Blaser bought barrels elsewhere in the past, as I have no idea.

    Brit, how old is this info? Seems to me Parker Hale have been closed for quite a few years now?

    I have heard of Armalon before, no first hand knowledge of this company though.
    Armalon brought the P-H barrel plant with all it's tooling and it seems took on some of the employees who operated it. I was looking for a bit of P-H info relating to something else, their aquisition of The Midland Gun Company, so went to Armalon's site knowing they had the plant hoping to find some P-H history. There used to be an old P-H web site still up with the history on it but it seems to have gone now. Was hoping for a link or something. I had it saved on the old computer . I believe Armalon specialise in Practical Rifle and tactical type rifles. They also build gallery rifles in .45ACP and 9mm plus other pistol calibres on Lee Enfield actions as well as make 10 rnd capacity drop magazines and fitting for the Remington 700. Again aimed at the practical rifle shooter. Pete Sarony is/was the man behind it.

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    I know Brian is right about the current situation with Blaser barrels but when they were starting out I would guess that someone, somewhere, must have been making barrels for them even if it were only for development purposes. Plant for that sort of process is usually well beyond a start-up type business and especially one with a very novel idea. It does raise the possibility that P-H or at least people who used to work for P-H might have had input into the development of the Blaser system. While mere unsupported speculation on my part it would certainly be interesting if this did turn out to be the case.

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    According to this Blaser 'timeline' they started an arrangement with SIG in 1997.

    http://www.blaser-usa.com/1997.268.0.html

    Scroll back to 1990 and you'll note that demand was exceeding supply at that point, so maybe that was when Blenk, (to whom Horst Blaser sold the business in 1985/86 - and who subsequently sold it briefly on to SIG ownership in 2000), started sourcing barrels for the bolt action rifles outside the company? Bolt actions had started in production in 1983 with the SR 830.

    Worth noting that Blaser established his company in 1957 producing combination shotgun/rifles - I have an ES67 Bockbüchsflinte - and had started single shot rifle production at the new Isny plant in 1971. So maybe they had in-house barrel making capability before the introduction of the first repeater rifle (SR 830) but were forced to out-source due to demand in the early nineties?
    Last edited by Orion; 25-11-2011 at 15:11.

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    http://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.u...o-may-not-know

    Those interested may want to check out the above thread and associated postings.
    Cheers.
    Blaser K95 Luxus Kipplaufbüchse .25-06Rem. Zeiss 8x56, 110gn Nosler Accubond = Game Over!

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