Targ-Aire Air Pistol (1946 to 1947)

The Targ-Aire air pistol was originally manufactured by the Targ-Aire Pistol Company in Chicago, Illinois from 1946 to 1947. The company was later purchased by the R. J. Randle Ranco Tool Company in 1947 and production continued until 1951 during which the pistol was called the Ranco and marked accordingly. Continue reading “Targ-Aire Air Pistol (1946 to 1947)”

Theoben Rapid MKII Deluxe Limited Edition

The Theoben Rapid MKII “Deluxe” Limited Edition air rifle in .177 calibre. This is the latest air rifle to be added to the collection. I had been thinking about buying a .177 calibre air rifle for quite some time and found this by a chance look through the classified adverts. Some of you already know that Jimmie Dee’s collection already includes a .22 Theoben Rapid and so this .177 Deluxe edition fits in very nicely. Continue reading “Theoben Rapid MKII Deluxe Limited Edition”

Hy-Score 800C “Target Model” Air Pistol (1948 to 1961)

The Hy-Score 800C “Target Model” air pistol is a U.S. designed air pistol that was manufactured by the Hy-Score Arms Company from 1948 to 1961. Although production ended in 1961, it was still available to purchase until about 1970. Continue reading “Hy-Score 800C “Target Model” Air Pistol (1948 to 1961)”

Leading-in a barrel. What is it and why you need to do it…

I’m sure many will have heard the term leading-in a barrel. Or perhaps you’ve heard of it without realising by being told to run-in a new air rifle by shooting a tin of pellets through it. I have heard this many times over but never seen any documented evidence of this. So I thought I’d have a go at recording the effect in practise. Continue reading “Leading-in a barrel. What is it and why you need to do it…”

Diana (Milbro) Mark IV / G4 (1950 to 1977)

The Diana (Milbro) Mark IV or G4 air pistol is an over-lever air pistol that is similar to the EM-GE Zenith. The Mark IV was available with a rifled barrel as the G4, or a smoothbore barrel which was designated the G4S. It was manufactured by Milbro from 1950 to 1977 and available in a blued finish with wooden stock. Continue reading “Diana (Milbro) Mark IV / G4 (1950 to 1977)”

Diana (Milbro) Mod 2 / G2 (circa 1965 to 1982)

This is the later, plastic gripped, variant of the Diana (Milbro) Mod 2. The air pistol was also known as the Diana G2 or Milbro G2 according to advertisements and packaging. They were manufactured by Milbro from about 1965 to 1982 and were available in blued or nickel-plated finishes. Continue reading “Diana (Milbro) Mod 2 / G2 (circa 1965 to 1982)”

The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman Air Rifle (Pneumatic) (1948 to 1951)

Back in October of 2017, I came across this Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman pneumatic air rifle in a closed bid auction. The condition was unknown, however, as I already have a few Challengers in the collection and had recently written about the rifle in the pneumatic pistol article, I thought I would have a punt. Continue reading “The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman Air Rifle (Pneumatic) (1948 to 1951)”

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