The Briton (Second Model) “Deluxe” variant by Frank Clarke (ca. late 1930s or late 1940s to ca. 1950s)

Following on from a previous article about Frank Clarke’s “Briton” (second model) air pistol, this one is almost identical except it has white plastic grip inserts (although they appear yellow in the photographs, trust me, they are white) rather than an all pressed steel body. Continue reading “The Briton (Second Model) “Deluxe” variant by Frank Clarke (ca. late 1930s or late 1940s to ca. 1950s)”

The Briton (Second Model) by Frank Clarke (1931 to 1939)

This is Franke Clarke’s second model of “The Briton” that he produced. They were manufactured between 1931 and 1939 although advertisements were still seen up to 1956. Thus production may have resumed after the end of the second world war. If not, there must have been a lot of pre-war stock still available. It’s hard to think that would be the case if they were recycling steel for the war effort. [1] Continue reading “The Briton (Second Model) by Frank Clarke (1931 to 1939)”

Restoration Project – FB Record Champion – Part 2

About 18 months ago I started work on a rough and broken Record Champion air pistol. These air pistols are quite rare and very unique and so are very worthy of restoration and repair. Not only do they have a concentric oval piston and seal, but they are also side-lever cocking with a twelve-shot stick magazine that slides into the grip. Additionally, it has an adjustable two-stage trigger and a dovetail rail on which you could fit a pistol scope! How’s that for a feature-packed spring powered air pistol? Continue reading “Restoration Project – FB Record Champion – Part 2”

Heym LP103 Air Pistol (1949 to c.1956)

This is the “Heym” pop-out air pistol. It was manufactured by F. W. Heym GmbH & Co. K.G. of Münnerstadt in Germany from 1949 to circa 1956. According to the Encyclopedia of Spring Air Pistols, it is said that approximately 1,500 of these air pistols were manufactured between 1949 and 1952. That’s not a lot in the grand scheme of things which makes this a pretty rare air pistol to find today. [1] Continue reading “Heym LP103 Air Pistol (1949 to c.1956)”

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A Diana (Milbro) “double metal” target holder. It was designed to be used with either darts or pellets and may have been manufactured in the 1970s. These are a rare find as most would have been well used and eventually thrown away. To find one complete with its box, darts, targets and wooden block was a very lucky find! It was probably found in someone’s late grandfather’s draw or attic which had been stored away and forgotten about.

Until next time, happy shooting!

Jimmie Dee

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A Webley and Scott pre-war .22 calibre pellet tin. These tins are distinctly different from the more common post-war tin. They are also quite rare in comparison. The most notable difference between the pre-war and post-war tins is the singular rifle reference. This is because when these tins were produced in the late 1930s, Webley and Scott were producing only one model of air rifle, the MKII Service Air Rifle. Production of the MKI had ceased a few years earlier.

Until next time, happy shooting!

Jimmie Dee

Milbro “Cub” Automatic Air Pistol (1946 to 1980s)

The Milbro Cub “automatic” air pistol is actually a French design that was manufactured by Pneuma-Tir as the “PNEUMA-TIR 500” from the mid-1940s, perhaps 1946, to sometime in the 1980s. That’s quite an impressive production run! Mind you, I’m not so sure that the British Milbro Cub was produced for as long as the French PNEUMA-TIR 500. Continue reading “Milbro “Cub” Automatic Air Pistol (1946 to 1980s)”

J.G. Anschütz “Keenfire” (c.1936 to c.1938)

A good year ago I wrote a short article about the J.G. Anschütz Dolla MKII. I mentioned in that article that the Dolla MKII had also been imported to the United States and sold as the “Keenfire”. As luck would have it, a fellow collector from the United States contacted me with a boxed Keenfire that he wished to sell. I’m pleased to say that it has now found a new home in Jimmie Dee’s collection. Continue reading “J.G. Anschütz “Keenfire” (c.1936 to c.1938)”

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