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Prefix Letters
Model Details
Date Of Production
A No.1 Light Pattern Standard .177 1936 - 1939
A Cadet .177 1945 - 1946
A Buccaneer Rifle .177 1977
AA Buccaneer Rifle .177 1977 - 1983
AAR Supersport Rifle .25 1997 -
AAS Spitfire .25 1999 - 2005
AN 240 Magnum Pistol .22 1994 - 2001
AP 240 Magnum Pistol .177 1994 - 2001
APH Superstar .25 1991 - 2001
AR Supersport Rifle .177 1997 -
AS Spitfire Pre-charge .177 1999 - 2005
AWC Mercury 635 Magnum .25 1985 - 1987
AWR Airsporter Stutzen .25 1992 - 2001
AZR Airsporter RB2 .22
B Breakdown Pattern .177 1932 - 1939
B Cadet .177 1946 - 1947
BA Cadet .177 1947 - 1951
BC Cadet .177 1951 - 1962
C Standard Club No.4 .177 1936 - 1939
C Cadet Major .177 1947 - 1949
C Piled Arms Centenary 1982 .177 & .22 1982
CA Cadet Major .177 1949 - 1955
CC Cadet Major .177 1955 - 1962
CS BSA Standard Club .177 and No.4 Club 1930 - 1936
D Buccaneer .22 1977 - 1983
DA Buccaneer .22 1977 - 1983
DM22 Dynamax .22 2009 - 2011
DM77 Dynamax .177 2009 - 2011
DN SuperTEN .177 & SuperTEN Bull Barrel .177 1996 - 2008
DN SuperTen Sporter .177 & Bull Barrel .177 1996- 2008
DP SuperTen .22 & SuperTen Bull Barrel .22 1996 - 2008
DR Spitfire .22 1999 - 2005
DS Supersport .22 1986
DS Lightning & Lightning XL
E Club .177 1948 - 1950
EA Airsporter/Club .177 1950 - 1954
EB Airsporter MK I .177 1955 - 1957
EC Airsporter MK I .177 1956 - 1962
ED Airsporter MK I/MK II .177 1959
EE Airsporter MK II .177 1959 - 1965
EF Airsporter MK III .177 1966 - 1968
EG Airsporter MK III/IV .177 1968 - 1969
EK Airsporter MK IV .177 1969 - 1971
EL Airsporter MK V .177 1971 - 1974
EM Airsporter MK VI .177 1974 - 1979
EN Airsporter MK VI .177 1979 - 1983
EP Airsporter 'S' MK I .177 1979 - 1983
ER Airsporter 'S' MK II .177 1983 - 1985
ES Airsporter 'S' MK III .177 1985 - 1986
ET Airsporter Stutzen & Carbine .177 1985 - 1986
F Martini International MKI Light Pattern 1950 - 1954
FB Martini International MK I Left Hand 1953 - 1959
FC Martini International MK II Heavy Barrel 1954 - 1957
FD Martini International MK II Light Pattern Left Hand 1954 - 1959
FG Martini International MK IV & ISU Right Hand Light 1969 - 1973
FG Martini International MK 5 Heavy Barrel 1973 - 1981
FH Martini International MK 5 ISU Heavy Barrel Left Hand 1971 - 1981
G Airsporter MK I .22 1948 - 1954
GA Airsporter MK I .22 1954 - 1958
GB Airsporter MK I .22 1956 - 1958
GC Airsporter MK I & Transitional to MK II.22 1958 - 1959
GD Airsporter MK II .22 1959 - 1965
GE Airsporter MK II .22 1965 - 1967
GF Airsporter MK II .22 1967 - 1968
GG Airsporter MK III .22 1968 - 1969
GI Airsporter MK IV .22 1969 - 1971
GJ Airsporter MK V .22 1971 - 1974
GK Airsporter MK VI .22 1974 - 1979
GL Airsporter MK VI .22 1979 - 1983
GM Airsporter 'S' MK I .22 1979 -1983
GN Airsporter MK VII .22 1983 - 1986
GP Airsporter 'S' MK II .22 1985 - 1986
GR Airsporter Stutzen + Carbine .22 1985 - 1986
GS Goldstar .22 1991 -2004
GT Goldstar .177 1991 - 2004
H P17 Military Rifles Sporterized .30'06 Springfield 1949 - 1953
HA P17 Military Rifles Sporterized .270 Winchester 1949 - 1953
HA Armatic Self Loading Rifle .22 Rimfire 1966 - 1969
J Sportsman Single Shot Bolt Action .22 Rimfire 1947 - 1950
J Sportsman Single Shot Bolt Action .22 Rimfire 1953 - 1955
JA Sportsman Single Shot Bolt Action 1950 - 1951
JB Sportsman Single Shot Bolt Action 1951 - 1952
JC Sportsman Single Shot Bolt Action 1952
JD Sportsman Single Shot Bolt Action 1952 - 1955
K Merlin MK I .177 Junior Air Rifle 1962 - 1964
K Sportsman Five .22 Rimfire Rifle 1948 - 1953
KA Merlin Junior Air Rifle .177 MK II 1964 - 1968
KA Sportsman Five .22 Rimfire Rifle 1950 - 1952
KB Sportsman Five Rimfire Rifle 1951
KC Sportsman Five Rimfire Rifle 1951 - 1952
KD Sportsman Five Rimfire Rifle 1951 - 1955
L Light Pattern Standard Air Rifle .177 1919 - 1936
L Merlin Junior Air Rifle .22 MK I 1962 - 1964
L Sportsman Ten .22 Rimfire Rifle 1949 - 1950
LA Merlin Junior Air Rifle .22 MK II 1964 - 1968
LA Sportsman Fifteen Rimfire Rifle 1950 - 1954
LB Sportsman Fifteen Rimfire Rifle 1951
LC Sportsman Fifteen Rimfire Rifle 1951
LD Sportsman Fifteen Rimfire Rifle 1951
LE Sportsman Fifteen Rimfire Rifle 1951 - 1955
LE R-10 MK2 Anniversary Ltd Edition .177 & 22 (150 made) 2011 - 2012
LS22 Lonestar .22 2008 - 2011
LS25 Lonestar .25 2008 - 2011
LS77 Lonestar .177 2008 - 2011
M Cadet Major .177 1947 - 1948
M P.14 Military Rifles Sporterized .303 Calibre 1949 - 1953
N Meteor MK I .177 1959 - 1962
NA Meteor MK II .177 1962 - 1966
NB Meteor MK II .177 1962 - 1968
ND Meteor MK II + Super Mark I .177 1967 - 1969
NE Meteor MK III + Super Mark II .177 1969 - 1973
NG Meteor MK IV + Super Mark III .177 1973 - 1979
NH Meteor MK V + Super Mark IV .177 1979 - 1994
P Martini Model 12/15 1947 - 1955
P1 Polaris .177 & .22
PH Superstar .177 1990 - 2004
R Martini Model 13 1932 - 1939
RA Scorpion Pistol .22 1972 - (Recalled)
RB Scorpion Pistol .22 1972 - 1994
RH Superstar .22 1990 - 2004
R22 R - 10 MK1 .22
R77 R - 10 MK1 .177
RL22 R - 10 MK1 .22 Left Hand
RL77 R - 10 MK1 177 Left Hand
R225000 +
R - 10 MK2 .22 (Serial No. 5000 Upwards)
R775000 + R - 10 MK2 .177 (Serial No. 5000 Upwards)
RL225000 + R - 10 MK2 .22 Left Hand (Serial No. 5000 Upwards)
RL775000 + R - 10 MK2 .177 Left Hand (Serial No. 5000 Upwards)
S BSA Improved Mod D with Double Intercepting Safety Sear Patt 30338/10 .177 & .22 Standard, Light, Junior + Juvenile 1911 - 1917
S BSA Standard No 2 Air Rifle .22 1919 - 1936
S Supersport & Lightning & XL's Air Rifle GAMO made version
S Ralock Self Loading Sporting Rifle .22 Short Rifle Cartridge 1947 - 1951
S Supersport Five Bolt Action Rifle .22 Long Rifle Cartridge 1955
SA Supersport Five Bolt Action Rifle .22 Long Rifle Cartridge 1955 - 1958
SB Supersport Five Bolt Action Rifle .22 Long Rifle Cartridge 1955 - 1966
SC Supersport Five Bolt Action Rifle .22 Long Rifle Cartridge 1966 - 1967
SE22 Scorpion SE.22 2011 -
SE77 Scorpion SE.177 2011 -
SS Scorpion Single Shot .177 & .22
ST Scorpion T10 .177 & .22
T BSA Standard No.2 Air Rifle .22 1936 - 1939
T Ralock Self Loading Sporting Rifle .22 Long Rifle 1949 - 1951
T Meteor Air Rifle MK I .22 1959 - 1962
T Suffix Letter On BSA Super Sport Five Sporting Rifle Designating Tangent Rearsight 1957 - 1962
TA Meteor MK II .22 1962 - 1966
TB Meteor MK II .22 1966 - 1968
TD Meteor MK II (Super Mk) .22 1967 - 1969
TE Meteor MK III .22 & Meteor MK III (Super MK II .22) 1969 - 1973
TG Meteor MK IV .22 & Meteor MKIV (Super MK III .22) 1974 - 1978
TH Meteor MK V .22 & Meteor MKV (Super MK IV .22) 1979- 1993
U Martini International MK I Right Hand 1950 - 1953
UA Martini International MK I Left Hand 1952
UB Martini International MK I Right Hand (Improved Injection) & Left Hand 1953
UC Martini International MK I Light Weight Right Hand 1953
UD Martini International MK I + MK II Mixed 1953 - 1960
UE Martini International MK I + MK II Mixed 1953 - 1960
UF Martini International MK II 1960 - 1968
UG Martini International MK II 1961 - 1968
UM Ultra Multi Shot .177 & .22
US Ultra Single Shot .177 & .22
V Century Bolt Action Target Rifle 1955 - 1961
W 12 Gauge 'Regent Model' Shotgun made only for RAF 1940 - 1945
W Mercury Air Rifle MK I .177 1971 - 1973
W Cadet Air Rifle .177 1949 - 1950
WA Mercury Air Rifle MK I .177 1973 - 1974
WB Mercury Air Rifle MK II .177 1974 - 1978
WC Mercury Air Rifle MK III .177 1978 - 1985
WE Meteor MK6 .22
WE Comet .177 & .22
HW Mercury 'S' Air Rifle 1980 - 1985
WR Airsporter RB2 .177 & .22 1992 - 2001
WT Airsporter Stutzen RB2 .177 1992 - 2000
Y Cadet Major Air Rifle .177 1949
YA Single Twelve Shotgun 2 & 3/4" Chamber X 30" Barrels 1950 - 1962
YB Single Twelve Shotgun 3" X 30" 1950 - 1962
YC Single Twelve Shotgun 3" X 32" 1950 - 1962
YD Snipe Shotgun 2 3/4" 1962 - 1973
YE Snipe Shotgun 3" 1962 - 1973
Z Mercury MK I .22 1971 - 1973
ZA Mercury MK II .22 1973 - 1974
ZB Mercury MK II .22 1974 - 1978
ZC Mercury MK III .22 1978 - 1985
ZD Mercury Challenger .22 1985 - 1986
ZE Meteor MK 6 .177 1993 - Present
ZH Mercury 'S' .22 1980 - 1985
ZR Airsporter RB2 .22 & .177 1992 - 2000
ZT Airsporter RB2 Stutzen .22 1992 - 2000
0 Parke-Hale Striker .177 (same as Supersport Air Rifle)
0 Supersport & XL .25
1A Firebird Pre Charged .177 2001 - 2005
1B Techstar .177 2004 - 2007
2A Firebird Pre Charged .22 2001 - 2005
2A Lonestar .25 2009
2B Techstar .22 2004 - 2007
3A Ultra Multi Shot .177
3B Sportsman HV .177 2009
4A Ultra Multi Shot .22
4B Sportsman HV .22 2009
5A Scorpion T10 .177 & T10 Bull Barrel .177
5B Ultra Single Shot .177
6A Scorpion T10 .22 & T10 Bull Barrel .22
6B Ultra Single Shot .22
7 -
Parker - Hale Striker .22 (same as Supersport Air Rifle)
7B Scorpion Single Shot .177
8B
Scorpion Single Shot .22


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