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BRITISH STRIPPER CLIPS (CHARGERS)

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Production Years

 


GENERAL

The earliest dated clip I have is from circa 1956 and is the Mark 1 charger. The latest is a standard Mk. 3 from 1976.

The clips previously thought to of been of Indian origin are in fact British made clips, examples have turned up in the UK complete with British type finish.

After looking through some early L1A1 SLR manuals, I noted that in the pics showing magazine charger loading that the stripper clips were 'bright', and not dull like they would be if they were phosphated.  It struck me the charger was chromed to match the drill rounds. I've made the appropriate corrections to the chromed Mk.1 charger on this page. You can see a chromed Mk. 2 charger in this pic

Mark 1 Charger
This Mk. 1 (LoC § C 8827) charger is commonly referred to as the "Horseshoe" 5 round charger.  The example shown is undated but probably dates from 1957 and is designed to be used with either the Magazine Charging Adaptor (MCA) or in the charger guide on the X8 series of British Trials rifles. This example was made by Thomas French and Sons Ltd (T.F. & S. LTD).

Mark 2 Charger
The Mk. 2 (LoC § C 8827) charger differs from the Mark 3 charger in that it has two stops on each side. This charger dates from 1957.

Mark 3 Charger
The Mk. 3 (LoC § C 8827) is the standard charger for the British and with slight modification it was also made by Australia.  The end profile of these charger is different to that of the Canadian production clips.  I have classified this version of profile as 1.  UK chargers have a black phosphated finish similar to that on the .303 chargers.

Mark 4 Charger
The Mk. 4 (LoC § D 287) was the production version of the experimental one-piece charger designed by Thomas French and Sons Ltd.

The "
QV66 " is the drawing number for the charger.

Experimental one-piece Charger
The one-piece charger was made by Thomas French and Sons in 1960 and is discussed in the minutes of the Rifle Steering Committee (RSC) on the 14-15 November 1960 :-


CHARGER, 5 ROUND

U.K. - Present Position on T. French one-piece design

U.K. - Trials in U.K. indicate complete satisfaction in magazine filling and top loading. Samples of the latest design should be available soon for Canada and Australia if they required. Finalized drawings were tabled by U.K.  New Zealand, Canada and Australia each request 1,000 samples.


Prototype one-piece Charger, Version 1

 


Prototype one-piece Charger, Version 2
(possibly the version mentioned in the RSC minutes)

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DETAILS

 Experimental, Prototype and Trials Chargers

Ser
Marking No of Stops End Profile Stop Posn Material Finish Colour Manufacturer

 Notes

1

T.F & S LTD
1
5
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Thomas French & Sons Ltd

Prototype one-piece Mk. 4, Version 1

2

T.F & S LTD
1
5
Middle Steel Chromed Silver

Thomas French & Sons Ltd

Prototype one-piece Mk. 4, Version 1 chromed for use with drill rounds.

3

T.F & S LTD
1
6
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Thomas French & Sons Ltd

Prototype one-piece Mk. 4, Version 2

 Production Chargers
 Mark 1 Chargers

Ser
Marking No of Stops End Profile Stop Posn Material Finish Colour Manufacturer

 Notes

1
P.C.C.1956 none
6
n/a Steel Phosphated Black Unknown X1E1 Trails 5 round horseshoe stripper clip

2
T .F. & S.
LTD
none
6
n/a Steel Phosphated Gray

Thomas French & Sons Ltd

5 round horseshoe stripper clip

3
T .F. & S.
LTD
none
6
n/a Steel Chromed Silver

Thomas French & Sons Ltd

Chromed 5 round horseshoe stripper clip, only to be used with drill rounds
 Mark 2 Chargers

Ser
Marking No of Stops End Profile Stop Posn Material Finish Colour Manufacturer

 Notes

1
B.P
57
2
1
Top Steel Phosphated Black

British Pens

2
MB1957 2
1
Top Steel Phosphated Black

Millard Brothers

Markings under spring
 Mark 3 Chargers

Ser
Marking No of Stops End Profile Stop Posn Material Finish Colour Manufacturer

 Notes

1
B.P.
5 8
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Gray

British Pens

 

2
B.P.
5 9
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

British Pens

 

3
B.P.
68
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

British Pens

 

4
D.S.1959 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Davis Steel

 

5
D.S.1966 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated DK Gray

Davis Steel

 

6
D.S.1967 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated DK Gray

Davis Steel

 

7
D.S.1968 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated DK Gray

Davis Steel

 

8

D.S.1969
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Davis Steel

 

9
D.S.1970 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Davis Steel

 

10

F.T.P.
I958
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

FT Products

 

11
F.T.P.
I959
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

FT Products

 

12
MB1959 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Millard Brothers

Markings under spring

13

MTY    60
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Gray

Mettoy Ltd

 

14
N.S.H
I958
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Nettlefold Stanmore Hinges

 

15
N.S.H
I959
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Nettlefold Stanmore Hinges

 

16

PCC 1958
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Gray Unknown Markings under spring

17

PCC1959
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Gray Unknown Markings under spring

18

R.G.58
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

19

R.G.59
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

20

R.G.61
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

21

R.G.62
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

22
R.G.63 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated DK Gray

Radway Green

Markings under spring

23

R.G.64
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

24

R.G.65
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

25
R.G.66 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

26
R.G66 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

27
RG67 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

28
RG68 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

29
RG69 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

30
RG70 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

31
RG7I 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

32
RG 74 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

33
RG 75 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

34
RG 76 1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Radway Green

Markings under spring

35
T F & S
1 9 5 8
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Thomas French & Sons Ltd

 

36
T F & S
1 9 5 9
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated DK Gray

Thomas French & Sons Ltd

 
 Mark 4 Charger

Ser
Marking No of Stops End Profile Stop Posn Material Finish Colour Manufacturer

 Notes

1

QV66.TF&S.I962
1
1
Middle Steel Phosphated Black

Thomas French & Sons Ltd

One-piece Charger

Thank you to Mark Zillmann for IDing the D.S.1967 clip as being British not Australian.
Thank you to Tom Ready for the
N.S.H. 1958 example.
Thank you to Loren Peterson for the
D.S.1959 example.
Thank you to Scott Metzger for the
RG 63 example.
Thank you to Finn Anderson for the
D.S.1966 example.
TF&S Mk.1 chromed horseshoe, Mk. 4 prototypes and Mk. 4 production examples from the Herb Woodend Collection.
Thank you to David Lansky for the
BP58, PCC1958, PCC1959, MTY 60 examples.
Thank you to Peter Mackinven for the
B.P. 68, MB1959, FTP 1959, RG68, D.S.1970 and many other examples and for identifying the manufacturers, DS, NSH, FTP and MB.

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T.F & S LTD
Prototype one-piece Mk. 4, Version 1

T.F & S LTD
Prototype one-piece Mk. 4, Version 1 chromed for use with drill rounds.

T.F & S LTD
Prototype one-piece Mk. 4, Version 1

Experimental, Prototype and Trials Chargers

P.C.C.1956
(
X1E1 Trails Charger)

T.F.&S.
LTD

T.F.&S.
LTD

(Chromed, only to be used with drill rounds)

Mk. 1 Chargers ("Horseshoe Stripper Clip")





B.P
57

MB1957

Mk. 2 Chargers

Mk. 3 Chargers





B.P.
58

R.G.59





B.P.
5 9

R.G.61





B.P.
68

R.G.62





D.S.1959

R.G.63





D.S.1966

R.G.64





D.S.1967

R.G.65





D.S.1968

R.G.66





D.S.1969

R.G66





D.S.1970

RG67





F.T.P.
I958

RG68





F.T.P.
I959

RG69





MB1959

RG70





MTY 60

RG7I





N.S.H
I958

RG 74





N.S.H
I959

RG 75





PCC 1958

RG 76





PCC1959

T F & S
1 9 5 8





R.G.58

T F & S
1 9 5 9

Mk. 3 Chargers

Mk. 4 Charger

QV66.TF&S.I962

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MEASUREMENTS

All measurements in millimeters

 Experimental, Prototype and Trials Chargers

Ser

 Markings

Length

Width

Width with stops

Depth

Retainer length

Material Thickness

Retainer Holes

Spring Profile

Notes

Height

Width

1

T.F & S LTD

60.29

14.50

15.43

5.26

2.43

0.59

n/a

n/a

n/a 
Prototype one-piece Mk. 4, Version 1

2

T.F & S LTD

60.30

14.53

15.50

5.30

2.43

0.61

n/a

n/a

n/a 
Prototype one-piece Mk. 4, Version 1 chromed for use with drill rounds.

3

T.F & S LTD

60.26

14.56

15.52

5.29

2.40

0.59

n/a

n/a

n/a 
Prototype one-piece Mk. 4, Version 2

 Production Chargers
 Mk. 1 Chargers ("Horseshoe" Stripper Clip)

Ser

 Markings

Length

Width

Width with stops

Depth

Retainer length

Material Thickness

Retainer Holes

Spring Profile

Notes

Height

Width

1
P.C.C.1956

93.37

14.54

n/a

5.44

1.90

0.60

n/a

n/a

n/a 
X1E1 Trials 5 round horseshoe stripper clip

2

 T.F.&S.
LTD

93.27

14.40

n/a

5.33

2.07

0.60

n/a

n/a

n/a 
5 round horseshoe stripper clip

3

 T.F.&S.
LTD

92.67

14.43

n/a

5.27

2.06

0.60

n/a

n/a

n/a 
Chromed 5 round horseshoe stripper clip, only to be used with drill rounds
 Mark 2 Chargers

Ser

 Markings

Length

Width

Width with stops

Depth

Retainer length

Material Thickness

Retainer Holes

Spring Profile

Notes

Height

Width

1
B.P
57

60.34

14.50

15.38

5.30

1.90

0.60

3.30

5.20

2
MB1957

60.14

14.51

15.42

5.56

2.19

0.56

3.54

4.90

Markings under spring
 Mark 3 Chargers

Ser

 Markings

Length

Width

Width with stops

Depth

Retainer length

Material Thickness

Retainer Holes

Spring Profile

Notes

Height

Width

1
B.P.
58

60.33

14.34

15.04

5.29

2.34

0.60

3.38

4.18

2
B.P.
59

60.30

14.35

15.20

5.25

2.20

0.60

3.42

5.16

3
B.P.
68

60.00

14.50

15.34

5.20

2.11

0.60

3.21

5.18

4
D.S.1959

60.31

14.53

15.24

5.27

2.42

0.57

3.87

5.16

5
D.S.1966

60.15

14.54

15.33

5.26

2.08

0.60

3.90

4.98

6
D.S.1967

60.35

14.55

15.30

5.30

2.10

0.60

3.95

5.00

7
D.S.1968

60.19

14.54

15.30

5.28

2.08

0.61

3.66

5.10

8

D.S.1969

60.28

14.52

15.26

5.37

2.23

0.62

3.67

4.87

9
D.S.1970

60.31

14.44

15.26

5.34

2.14

0.64

3.67

5.05

10

F.T.P.
I958

60.32

14.52

15.43

5.39

2.39

0.59

3.51

4.82

11
F.T.P.
I959

60.33

14.50

15.33

5.36

2.09

0.60

3.50

4.81

12
MB1959

60.19

14.51

15.28

5.23

2.10

0.58

3.38

4.93

Markings under spring

13

MTY 60

60.33

14.46

15.19

5.36

2.14

0.60

3.30

4.99

14
N.S.H
I958

60.10

14.50

15.26

5.34

2.35

0.60

3.47

4.91

15
N.S.H
I959

60.92

14.45

15.32

5.30

2.50

0.60

3.42

4.92

16

PCC 1958

60.38

14.50

15.11

5.35

2.38

0.60

3.78

4.98

Markings under spring

17

PCC1959

60.42

14.47

15.28

5.37

2.14

0.60

3.64

4.86

Markings under spring

19

R.G.58

60.28

14.52

15.07

5.27

2.34

0.59

3.58

4.98

Markings under spring

18

R.G.59

60.25

14.56

15.20

5.20

2.17

0.48

3.45

4.91

Markings under spring

20

R.G.61

60.37

14.45

15.34

5.03

2.26

0.58

3.48

4.96

Markings under spring

21

R.G.62

60.22

14.45

15.30

5.11

2.30

0.58

3.49

4.91

Markings under spring

22
R.G.63

60.28

14.37

15.21

5.15

2.23

0.55

3.42

4.90

Markings under spring

23

R.G.64

60.30

14.47

15.13

5.18

2.15

0.58

3.49

4.91

Markings under spring

24

R.G.65

60.30

14.52

15.25

5.29

2.20

0.58

3.51

4.94

Markings under spring

25
R.G.66

60.31

14.47

15.31

5.18

2.07

0.60

3.50

4.94

Markings under spring

26
R.G66

60.23

14.44

15.34

5.15

2.16

0.56

3.44

4.89

Markings under spring

27
RG67

60.27

14.50

15.40

5.25

2.30

0.60

3.48

4.88

Markings under spring

28
RG68

60.32

14.40

15.20

5.16

2.10

0.59

3.55

4.89

Markings under spring

29
RG69

60.30

14.45

15.35

5.15

2.30

0.60

3.51

4.98

Markings under spring

30
RG70

60.23

14.50

15.30

5.30

2.30

0.55

3.54

4.98

Markings under spring

31
RG7I

60.27

14.45

15.30

5.25

2.20

0.60

3.49

4.96

Markings under spring

32

RG 74

60.45

14.53

15.24

5.34

2.34

0.58

3.63

4.97

Markings under spring

33
RG 75

60.40

14.50

15.30

5.34

2.30

0.60

3.55

4.91

Markings under spring

34
RG 76

60.30

14.60

15.24

5.38

2.20

0.60

3.58

4.97

Markings under spring

35
T F & S
1 9 5 8

60.45

14.45

15.19

5.30

2.10

0.60

3.77

5.14

36
T F & S
1 9 5 9

60.33

14.55

15.29

5.30

2.30

0.60

3.76

5.12

 Mark 4 Charger

1

QV66.TF&S.I962

60.30

14.44

15.27

5.37

2.49

0.59

n/a

n/a

n/a 
Mark 4 Charger

Ser

Markings

Length

Width

 Width with stops

Depth

Retainer length

Material Thickness

Height

Width

Spring Profile

Notes

Retainer Holes
All measurements in millimeters

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PRODUCTION YEARS

Known Manufacturers by Production Years

Year:

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

B.P.
(British Pens)

 Y
Mk. 2

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

 Y
Mk. 3

D.S.
(Davis Steel)

 Y
Mk. 2

?

 Y
Mk. 3

?

?

?

?

?

?

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

F.T.P
(FT Products)

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

M.B.
(Millard Brothers)

 Y
Mk. 2

 Y
Mk. 2

?

 Y
Mk. 3

MTY
(Mettoy Ltd)

 Y
Mk. 2

 Y
Mk. 2

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

N.S.H
(Nettlefold Stanmore Hinges)

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

P.C.C.
(Unknown)

 Y
Mk. 1

?

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

R.G.
(Radway Green)

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

?

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

?

?

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

TF&S
(Thomas French & Sons Ltd)

 Y
Mk. 1

?

 Y
Mk. 3

 Y
Mk. 3

?

?

 Y
Mk. 4

Year:

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

 Legend:

Mk 1 Charger Mk 2 Charger Mk 3 Charger Mk 4 Charger

?
Example not seen yet

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Production Years

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