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…”

Weihrauch HW45 – Trigger Adjustment

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”

How to Make a Reproduction Box Lid

Back in December of 2015, I bought a Crosman 451. It’s a 1969/70 CO2 .22 Colt 45 replica with semi-auto style blow-back action. I had actually been given one by my father some years earlier and had fallen deeply in love with these rare vintage air pistols ever since. However, as with many vintage air pistols, the one my father bought was without its box. I purchased my own 451 from a Canadian dealer and had it shipped to England. This one was complete with its box except, rather oddly, it didn’t have a lid. I was fairly confident that someday I would be able to make a lid to complete the package. Nearly two years later I have finally achieved my goal! Continue reading “How to Make a Reproduction Box Lid”

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”

Weihrauch HW45 Custom Pistol Case

Making custom fit cases is just one of the many things that I enjoy doing. I find it immensely rewarding to see the finished product with shapes cut out to perfectly fit the form of each part that needs to be carefully stored. I started making custom foam-lined cases in the winter of 2008 when I decided to make a custom flight case, well two, for my telescope, accessories and mount. Astronomy is a whole other hobby that I must one day rekindle but for now, I know that the telescope is safe a secure in its case. Continue reading “Weihrauch HW45 Custom Pistol Case”

Building an Air Pistol Box

I’m sure many air gun collectors have a number of air pistols. Some may have their original boxes but I’m sure many, like me, have a number of pistols without their original boxes. Perhaps some have no box at all. Many either buy replica boxes, such as those available for the Webley air pistols, or keep them in generic plastic foam lined pistol cases. Either option isn’t cheap. Continue reading “Building an Air Pistol Box”

Cardboard Airgun Box Repair

Recently, Jimmie Dee’s Airguns acquired two FB Record LP1 air pistols. Both were complete with instruction manual and box. However, both boxes were missing the tabs and all bar one end flap had been severed through wear and use. Luckily, the previous owner had kept all of the severed pieces inside the boxes rather than relegate them to the waste bin. I decided that as I had all the main pieces, why not try to repair the boxes. Continue reading “Cardboard Airgun Box Repair”

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