This article will unveil the origins of the humble Dolla air pistol. We will discover the five variations of this air pistol, its manufacturers and some interesting personal relationships between them with Friedrich Langenhan central above all others. A story spanning two world wars which ultimately ends with the Soviet invasion of east Germany in 1945. Continue reading “Friedrich Langenhan and the Langenhan Dolla Air Pistols”
In this article, through what many would consider an insignificant air pistol, we discover the origins of the world-renowned airgun company Diana. We will learn about Diana’s rise and fall and then its rebirth from the ashes of World War II. How it was, and still is, a world leader of airgun innovation which has shaped the evolution of spring airguns that we use today. Continue reading “The History of Diana and the “MGR” Air Pistol (c. 1892 – c. 1914)”
This Czech Drulov DU-10 “Condor” target pistol was a recent birthday present from Jimmie Dee Snr, thanks Dad! Continue reading “Drulov DU-10 “Condor” (c. 1995 – c. 2010) by Lověna-Družstvo”
This is the very rare Lincoln Jeffries “Scout”. It’s a pop-out pistol that was manufactured between c. 1922 and 1926 during the dawn of the British airgun revolution. It was available either blued or nickel-plated. Many had no markings other than on the grip whereas a few were stamped “LINCOLN JEFFRIES JUNR 120 STEELHOUSE LANE BIRMINGHAM” on the front edge of the grip frame. Continue reading “Lincoln Jeffries “Scout” (c. 1922 to 1926) Instagram Photos”
This one is a Diana “Original” Mod 2 complete with its original box. It’s quite rare to find one of these along with its box! Continue reading “Diana Mod 2 (1955 to 1983) Instagram Photos”
Last week, I acquired another, yes, a fourth HW45 air pistol. “Four!” you say? Yeah, I must be a magnet for them. I’ll go into my reasons in another post. Anyway, whilst I had all four together I checked them over for variations and chronographed each of them to see how they compared.
Immediately I noticed that each trigger was configured differently. Probably as they were all pre-owned pistols, each owner had fiddled with the trigger adjustments. Well those tiny grub screws in the trigger blade are very tempting. Continue reading “Weihrauch HW45 – Trigger Adjustment”
A new pistol for the collection! An early variant c.1988 Weihrauch HW45. This is a .22 calibre model which on the early models had a single cocking position providing full power. The .177 model had a half power as well as a full power setting. Continue reading “Weihrauch HW45 (Early Variant c. 1988) Instagram Photos”