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. How’s that for a feature-packed spring powered air pistol? Continue reading “Restoration Project – FB Record Champion – Part 2”
In this article, for a change from writing historical pieces, I am going to write a guide that details how to disassemble a Record Jumbo. Why the change Jimmie? Well, I bought this pistol rather cheaply at a bring and buy sale some years ago. Bargain it was or so I thought. When I got it home when I soon realised it wasn’t such a good deal. It would not fire a pellet at all…. Continue reading “Service Guide for the FB Record Jumbo”
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 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.  Continue reading “Heym LP103 Air Pistol (1949 to c.1956)”
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!
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 1930’s, Webley and Scott was 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!
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)”
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)”
This is the Predom Lucznik KL. 1970 air pistol. It was manufactured by Zaklady Metalowe Predom-Lucznik in Radom, Poland from at least 1972 to about 1980 according to the last known advertisement. It is a copy of the Walther LP53 albeit far less refined. Continue reading “Predom Lucznik KL. 170 Air Pistol (c. 1972 to c. 1980) – Cased”
A few weeks ago, a fellow airgun enthusiast asked me if I could service his friend’s BSA Scorpion air pistol. I thought sure, providing I can get the parts I will have a go. Of course it was also an opportunity to fully strip one down and write a service guide for anyone else that may need to repair or service their vintage BSA Scorpion. Continue reading “A Service Guide for the BSA Scorpion Air Pistol”
A special case for a special air pistol! Considering the cost of these air pistols, you would expect Weihrauch to supply them with a custom foam lined case. Instead they are shipped in a cardboard box. Luckily, the owner of this air pistol stumbled across the custom foam lined cases on this website and requested one for this air pistol. Continue reading “Weihrauch HW44 Air Pistol Case”
Here’s another recent addition to the collection. A 1973 Series 2 “Suncorite” Webley and Scott Junior air pistol.
What can I say! An absolutely fantastic example of one of Webley and Scott’s first air pistols. These air pistols are über rare on their own but this one is a complete package. Original box, original box of pellets, original spare breech seal with envelope, original sales leaflet and barrel cleaning brush. Continue reading “Webley and Scott MKI “Double Spring Clip” Air Pistol (1924)”
Finally! A superb example of the BSA Scorpion to add to the collection! This is the later model in .22 and is complete with case and all the paperwork and accessories. Continue reading “BSA Scorpion (Late Variant) (1985 to 1992)”
A new pistol for the collection arrived from Germany last week. It’s a Crosman 38T “Target” model. The “Target” model is .177 calibre as opposed to the early .22 38T that Crosman produced. It is identical in all ways except externally it has a plastic rear sight and a plastic cylinder. Internally it has an alloy valve body as opposed to the brass valve body of the early model. Continue reading “Restoration Project – Crosman 38T “Target” – Part 1″