Re: Your Number One Gun
Read a report on the NRA UK web page on RPA actions.
I sort of have an interest as I have one. Now not worried.
"Recent incidents involving RPA/Paramount Rifles
Two recent incidents involving RPA and Paramount rifles have occurred in Australia. The investigations concerning the Scoones/Paramount incident have not been completed and we will update you when further information is available.
However the NRA of Australia has issued the following notices concerning these incidents and we recommend that anyone who has the following rifles should have them checked for safe operation.
Important Notice 1 (18/03/05)
Whilst the final cause of the Scoones/Paramount accident at Bendigo March 05 is yet to be determined, photographs clearly show the bolt in the cocked position with the firing pin protuding. The durallium firing pin in the bolt utilises a steel tip and the assumption is either the tip broke loose and lodged in the bolt head or the firing pin sheared at the rear of the assembly.
# Paramount actions sold mid 1990 and utilising the optional durallium firing pin with steel tip and likely to be found in actions with the serial numbers 2100 to 2102 (LH), 2085 to 2092, 2113 to 2117 and 2241 to 2250. We recommend all owners of Paramount actions have their firing pin assemblies checked for safe operation.
# RPA CG 2000 actions sold in mid 1996 and utilising the optional two piece firing pin system and likely to be found in actions with the serial numbers 62317 to 62320 & 62357.
Important Notice 2 (21/03/05)
In regard to our Notice below, it has been bought to our attention that the optional durallium firing pin with steel tip was retrofitted by some owners of Swing rifles. Therefore, we are recommending all owners of Swing and Paramount actions have their firing pin assemblies checked for safe operation.
Please contact RPA or your RPA agent or armourer in order to get your rifles checked for safe operation as soon as possible.
Important Notice 3 (29/03/05)
The report(s) of the Seaman/RPA accidental discharge at Cessnock March 05 reveal that the cocking pin slipped the camm track whilst the bolt handle was being hit to extract a jammed live round. This is not an isolated incident and therefore, we are advising all owners of RPA CG2000 and 2000 rifles to have their bolts checked for safe operation.
# RPA CG 2000 actions sold in mid 1995 to 1997 and likely to be found in actions with the serial numbers 62317 to 62320, 62356 to 62357, 62373 to 62374, 62494 to 62497, 62531 to 62572, 62575 to 62599, 62607 to 62619, and 72600 to 72604.
# RPA 2000 actions sold in 1995 to 1997 and likely to be found in actions with the serial numbers 42060, 52127 to 52135, 52163 to 52171, 62309 to 62316, 62400 to 62416, 62444 to 62456, 62460 to 62479, 62486, 62707 to 62786 and 62795 to 62810.
We advise that the cocking pin release pressure should be a minimum of 1.5kg, and we recommend three methods of testing viz;
1)Field test; applying moderate pressure with one thumb to the cocking pin should not result in the cocking pin being released.
2) Weight test; using a decocking spanner placed over the cocking piece of the bolt, place a 1.5kg weight on a decocking spanner 30mm from the outside diameter of the bolt tube. The cocking pin should hold the weight.
3) Strain gauge test; using a decocking spanner placed over the cocking piece of the bolt, place a strain gauge on a decocking spanner 30mm from the outside diameter of the bolt tube. Measure the final pressure before cocking pin releases."