Accuracy International L96 PM

Here at 308sniper we have managed to purchase a very special Accuracy International from Holts auction's 

 

Heres what they had it listed as  (full write up and videos to follow)

ACCURACY INTERNATIONAL 
A RARE POLICE-ISSUE 7.62MM 'L96A1 PM VARIANT' BOLT-MAGAZINE SNIPER RIFLE, serial no. PM47141, 
28 1/2in. unsighted nitro barrel including muzzle brake, receiver mounted with a Schmidt & Bender 2 1/2-10x telescopic sight, serial no. 82458, aluminium and green polymer thumbhole stock with bipod and rear mounted monopod, adjustable buttplate, sling swivels, in its steel transit case with two magazines  

Provenance: We have kindly been supplied with the following information regarding the rifle: 

"Accuracy International L96A1 PM Variant. 

This rifle was supplied direct to Durham Constabulary by Accuracy International in 1987 and was the first AI rifle to be used by Durham Police. 
It was used operationally by Durham Police Firearms Department for six years and though in good condition does bear some minor marks of operational use. 
In 1993 the rifle was given to the Durham Constabulary Gun Club where it was used sporadically in the following years among the gun clubs good selection of other modern sniper type rifles. 
For the past twelve years at least, it has laid dormant and unused apart from its recent test firing and functionality checks prior to being offered for sale complete with original transport chest, bipod, Schmidt & Bender scope and two magazines. 
The PM variant was supplied only to U.K. Police Forces and only 12 others have ever been released into public hands and due to a change in Police ACPO guidelines no further Police Firearms can be sold or supplied into public ownership. 
This is a unique opportunity to acquire an extremely rare classic British Police Sniper Rifle in original condition and specification" 
 

Estimate £12,000-16,000