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  1. #1
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    Default "RAF" .22 rifle Information needed

    Does anyone have any information about a .22 bolt action rifle called an "RAF" and made by Fabrique D'Armes, St. Etienne?

    Much obliged if you can help.

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    For as much as I know, RAF doesn't exist anymore. The name and adress of this firm was : Etablissements RAF (don't know what the letters RAF mean), 103, rue Antoine DURAFOUR, 42100, Saint-Etienne. Their great success was the semi-automatic/takedown carbine RAF model Sidna (.22 LR). They began their activity in 1948. Their first carbine was also a semi-auto .22 LR which has been also produced by ManuFrance under licence under the name "Reina".
    The only bolt action carbine I know produced by them (at least in 1988) is their model "Commando" which was also a takedown. Barrel length : 500 mm, total length : 950 mm. Could use .22 Long and .22 LR cartridges with the magazine. .22 short had to be manually introduced in the chamber. Mag capacity 9 or 10, don't remember exactly. It is a curved mag. Some RAF had a straight mag. Could receive a silencer and a scope. Weight : 2.2 kg or 2.3.
    Last edited by Alamas; 10-28-2009 at 08:36 AM. Reason: Mag capacity

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    RAF produced also a bolt action single shot carbine. Nothing peculiar about it and I cannot remember the name of the model (if it had one).
    Last edited by Alamas; 10-28-2009 at 08:34 AM.

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    I should have included in my first post that the rifle in question is a "Model 64"
    Last edited by dondone; 10-28-2009 at 08:42 AM.

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    It is quite weird. The wood of your rifle looks very much like the one shot carbine, if we except the hole for the mag, of course. I don't have any mod. 64 in my RAF catalog of 1988. But I have seen a semi-auto carbine (yes, semi-auto and not bolt action) with the following stamps on the barrel (if my notes are correct):
    (RAF symbol, the letters RAF in a triangle)
    MOD. 64
    22 LR AUTO
    these markings are 90° compared to yours, the following are just like yours and at the same place in front of the foot of the rear sight:
    FABRIQUE ARMES
    ST ETIENNE
    BREVETE
    FRANCE ET ETRANGER
    959 509875 782
    CANON ACIER SPECIAL
    Last edited by Alamas; 10-28-2009 at 08:59 AM.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Default "R.A.F." 12 rifle Needed information

    Very needed information

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    I have the semi-auto you describe, but no magazine. Do you have any idea where I might find a magazine for it?

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    I have 2 mags for this gun!! Bryan

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