No.8 rifle

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Rifle .22" No.8 Mk.1
TypeCadet rifle
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Service history
In servicelate 1940s – 2017
Used byUnited Kingdom British Army as well as Cadets ACF CCF SCC ATC
Production history
ManufacturerRoyal Ordnance Factory Fazakerley & BSA Ltd, Shirley
VariantsMatch (prototypes only), Infantry
Barrel length23.2"

ActionRe-designed Lee bolt, hand fed, single shot
Muzzle velocity330 m/s
Feed systemSingle shot – bolt action
SightsBlade foresight, aperture rearsight, adjustable for elevation between 25yds and 100yds

The Rifle, Number 8 (commonly referred to as the Number 8 Rifle or the Number 8 Cadet Rifle) is a bolt-action .22 calibre version of the Lee–Enfield designed for British Army target shooting. They are simple single-shot, hand-fed cadet rifles and were originally designed to be used by military marksmen firing in civilian competitions. The Number 8 is no longer used by the British cadet services as a basic target rifle, replaced by the L144 and air rifles. Some examples are in civilian ownership worldwide, especially following the disposal by the New Zealand cadet forces of their Number 8 and Number 9 rifles at auction.[1]

Sight types[edit]

Typically fired at a range of 25 yards, the rearsight can be adjusted to allow fire at 50 and 100 yards. A harmonisation setting is also provided for firing at specially designed targets. The No 8 can also be fitted with two types of sight. The more common leaf sight, allowing adjustment for elevation only, is simpler to use and more robust, but the standard of accuracy that can be achieved with this sight is lower than can be achieved with the Parker Hale PH5D sight, which allows for windage adjustment as well as elevation, in 1/4 minute-of-angle clicks. It is also more delicate than the leaf-sight and not generally found in cadet service. The Parker-Hale 8/53 sight adaptor unit can also be fitted to the leaf rearsight, providing windage adjustment without the removal of the issued sighting system. It screws on through the sight aperture and therefore introduces a large elevation difference, rendering the range markings on the sight useless.


In 2014 the replacement contract for the rifle was put out to tender.[2] In 2016 it was announced that a modified version of the Savage Arms FVT had been chosen for this role,[3] entering service as the L144 A1 Cadet Small Bore Target Rifle (CSBTR).[4]


 United Kingdom


  1. ^ Leagues, National Rifle Association Historic Arms Resource Centre – Miniature-calibre Rifles. "Historic small-bore Enfield rifles, training rifles and BSA rifles; plus league competitions". Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Supply of Number 8 Replacement Rifle". 6 October 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  3. ^ Corfield, Gaz (23 March 2016). "Savage Arms FVT will replace .22" No.8 cadet rifle". Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Edgar Brothers Awarded Landmark MOD Contract to Provide L144 A1 – Cadet Small Bore Target Rifles". 23 May 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2017.