Welcome to Jimmie Dee’s Airguns new blog page!

Originally hosted on Facebook, we have decided to migrate to our own independent website. With our own website we will have much more control over the formatting of articles as well as the ability to add menu links for every pistol and rifle that we add. This alone is a huge advantage over what Facebook has to offer and will be of significant benefit to our readers.

But don’t worry, we intend to keep our Facebook page and post regular updates from here to there. So you will still receive updates directly to your newsfeed as usual except that when you click on them, they will open in your browser instead of Facebook.

Please bear with us whilst we migrate our articles, guides and photographs across to our new platform.

Happy shooting!

Jimmie Dee

Featured post

The Eisenwerke Gaggenau “MF” (1878 to 1900) by Michael Flürscheim

In this article I discuss what is possibly Germany’s oldest production air pistol and its inventor. We will discover how he built a significant business which is still in operation today, his social ideologies and his demise. We also discover that some of Germany’s most influential firearms designers and weapons of the 20th century owe their roots to this man. Get yourself a nice drink and get comfy as this is going to be a long read…

Continue reading “The Eisenwerke Gaggenau “MF” (1878 to 1900) by Michael Flürscheim”

FB Record LP2 (1967 onwards) Instagram Photos

The FB Record LP2 was manufactured by Fritz Barthelmes KG, West Germany from 1967. It is still in production today. The interesting part of this air pistol is the barrel spring catch which is on the right hand side of the barrel. Normally the catch is found underneath the barrel on most break-barrel air guns.

Until next time, happy shooting!

Jimmie Dee

 

The Langenhan No. 2 “Dolla” (c. 1905 to c. 1934) Instagram Photos

The “Dolla” air pistol was produced by various manufacturers during the early 20th century. This particular variant was made by Langenhan from about 1905 to 1934 in Mehlis, Thüringen, Germany. They had two models, the No. 1 which was black lacquered and the No. 2 which was nickel-plated. This pistol is complete with its original wooden box, darts and push rod. Most of the box’s label is intact with an image of the pistol, six darts, push rod and the letters “No 2”.

Until next time, happy shooting!

Jimmie Dee

A Service Guide for the Theoben Rapid MKII

Recently, I took my Theoben Rapid MKII out of its case to give it a shake down test ahead of some field work. It’s been quite a while since I have used this particular rifle. In fact I have been neglecting my rifle collection in favour of pistols for a good year or so. I know, it really is unforgivable to ignore such a superb air rifle. Nonetheless, out she came. Continue reading “A Service Guide for the Theoben Rapid MKII”

Haviland and Gunn “Morse” Air Pistol Instagram Photos

The Haviland and Gunn “Morse” air pistol (1872 – c. 1881). The first cylinder-in-grip air pistol ever made. A full article on this historic air pistol and the men behind it can be found here.

Benjamin Haviland, George P. Gunn and the “Morse” Air Pistol (1872 to c. 1881)

In this article we will follow the life and career of one of the late 19th century American airgun pioneers as well as that of his business partner. We will discover how his ingenious and unwaning passion helped to pioneer the way ahead for our airgun heritage with his earliest designs still commonly in use today. We may also discover why George Gunn’s repeating “Gem” style air rifle was, perhaps, never realised. It could be said that Haviland and Gunn’s, or perhaps just Gunn’s influence on spring airgun development could be considered so significant that they could be called the fathers of the modern spring airgun. After all, their designs are the basis of all break-barrel airguns and can still be seen in airguns that are made today. How’s that for a legacy? Continue reading “Benjamin Haviland, George P. Gunn and the “Morse” Air Pistol (1872 to c. 1881)”

Walther LP53 (First Model, Crackle Finish) Cased with Barrel Weight (1953 to 1976)

A Christmas present to myself! A rare cased Walther LP53 with barrel weight. It is the first model which has a curved profile at the rear of the receiver. Continue reading “Walther LP53 (First Model, Crackle Finish) Cased with Barrel Weight (1953 to 1976)”

Iver Johnson, Martin Bye and the “Champion” Air Pistol (1876 to c. 1893)

This article takes us on a journey through history as we follow the lives of two inspiring Norwegian entrepreneurs from the late 19th century. It’s full of new beginnings, adventure, war, the construction of an empire and its downfall, successes and failures, loss and sadness and an assassination or two…. it’s a real rollercoaster! Take your time though, it’s another epically long one…. Continue reading “Iver Johnson, Martin Bye and the “Champion” Air Pistol (1876 to c. 1893)”

Henry Marcus Quackenbush and the Quackenbush Model 1 Air Rifle (mfd. 1876 to 1938)

In this article, I am going to talk about extension ladders, nut crackers, oh, and a whole load of airguns! We’ve encountered Quackenbush in a couple of previous articles and now it is his turn to be center stage. Continue reading “Henry Marcus Quackenbush and the Quackenbush Model 1 Air Rifle (mfd. 1876 to 1938)”

Pope Brothers Rifle Air Pistol Instagram Photos

The Pope Brothers “Rifle” air pistol with that distinctive duck’s head trigger. Manufactured between 1874 and 1878 in Boston, Massachusetts. A full article on this historic air pistol and the man behind it can be read here.

Bedford and Walker “Eureka” Gallery

The “Eureka” (1876 to c. 1893) by Augustus Bedford and George A. Walker

In this article, I will attempt to tell the story of another facet of the late 19th century American air gun industry. We shall learn about the relationship between three important pioneers of early American air guns whilst investigating Bedford and Walker’s Eureka air pistol. We will also discover the first bolt-action breech seal that is still used in today’s modern airguns. Continue reading “The “Eureka” (1876 to c. 1893) by Augustus Bedford and George A. Walker”

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