Hows this it was in a old magazine i was thumbing through earlier this week.
Originally the Sportsman five was a single shot bolt action 22 weighing 5-1/4lbs.,With a length of 42-3/4''overall. later versions included the sportsman five (five shot box magazine) a ten and fifteen with tube under barrel magazines.These rifles had a safety device incorporated into their bolts.By pulling back the bolt and rotating it a quarter turn the action would not fire.
The sportsman first arrived in 1949 and was very popular with the shooting public.(In commonwealth countries)Early models came with a wheel adjustable rear sight but this was latter replaced with a ratchet type .Blade front sights were standard.Production ceased with the production of the super sport 5 circa 1955.
My dad had one they have a strait bolt handle and no dovetail so mounting a scope will take a smith my dads was stolen in the mid eighty's so i didn't get to use or inherit it.The super sport 5 is a much more refined model with adjustable trigger better stock A shorter heavier barrel latter models were grooved for scopes.
BSAs history is much to large to put into one post so I would advise a trip to wikipedia to find out more I have just sold two .22s and would like to purchase a BSA .22 martini target rifle for my collection.