Air rifles pre 1939
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Whilst this antique butt reservoir rifle has no markings or makers name on it we are pretty sure it is of Austrian manufacture, there is no decoration and it is very plain in the military style. The hammer mechanism is unusual with moving striking piece which strikes a just off centre located hammer. The butt reservoir itself appears to have been recovered in leather some time after its manufacture, a really nice job has been done and it looks in good condition. The metalwork is in brown smooth condition apart from the brass coloured brass! The lock plate itself is devoid of any engraving or decoration, it is extremely plain and functional. Fitted with a ramrod which may well be later, probably not original and nice tiger stripe effect to the wood which has probably been refinished. Plain trigger guard fitted underneath with quite a thin trigger. An interesting antique item. We have seen repeating versions of this made by Girandoni but this one is a single shot and not made by Girandoni (sometimes referred to as Girardoni). This rifle is stored in our shop but is not on open display.
Calibre 8mm ( 0.32” rifled)
Barrel length 708mm (27.75”)
Overall length 1170mm (46”)
£2650.00 PRICE REDUCED ON INSTRUCTION OF OWNER TO £2150.00
Year: c1860s or 80s
This really nice interesting antique is in good condition in a nicely fitted baize lined oak brass bound case with various accessories as shown below which include bullet mould, oil bottle, pump. It has two barrels one of which is a smoothbore and one of which is rifled with a c13mm bore. We believe the rifled barrel may be a later replacement. The manufacturer’s name is on the smooth bore barrel and that reads “E. London Gun And Rifle Maker, 1 London Wall, London”. The butt removes from the action and the action itself has what we believe to be a air bypass for de cocking the gun. This is also a very neat tap loader for loading of balls. Leather covered butt of some age. This is a very nice collectable item.
Due to the value of this item we are unable to post it to you.
PRICE REDUCED ON INSTRUCTION OF SELLER TO £3200.00
Stock No 4239
This early American rifle possibly dates from before the 1st world war or just after. It is a dinkey little rifle with a front rod that pulls out for pumping, takes several strokes to build up enough compression to shoot out a muzzle loaded bb. This example has a very nice patina to the bore finish it may have been blacked originally having worn off or removed over the years. The end cap has the markings in this case a selection of patent numbers surrounded by words "Benjamin Air Rifle" and "MFG Co St Lewis MO (Missouri) pat pending" at the bottom and "model E" at the top. Stock is in fairly good condition probably had a coat or two of varnish over the years. The valving seems ok. Quite crude in comparison with what came later but not often seen this side of the pond.
Stock No 4628
This early precharged air rifle is in good condition the metalwork is in the white possibly having been polished off but is nice and smooth and looks good. Stock is in good order with checkered wrist, nice engraved fittings, trigger guard, action block and hammer, a nice short size we do not know wether this is original size or reduced but it seems to be in proportion. Good solid butt plate, nice smooth metal work, mock flintlock mechanism, the action on the side is marked DAVY we believe this may be a Norwich maker as we have seen his name on some other antique air guns and shot guns.
Stock No 4675
This very nice quality air rifle has been refinished to a good standard. The engraving is still nice and clear and crisp in fact looks good on its newly blued breech block. The rear sight is a replacement we know this because we fitted it! Its a new modern replica. Stock is very nice with quite crisp checkering, some scratches and marks and unfortunately a piece missing off the toe of the stock which has been carefully smoothed off so it does not look too bad. Some tooling marks on the gas cylinder but mostly smooth bluing which is nice and shiny. Lovely engraving on the underside and on the trigger guard. A quality item which presents very nicely.
Stock No 4710
TELL (VENUS WAFFENWERK)
This neat little prewar bolt action bb rifle is in complete condition, the metalwork being brown and grainy overall, the markings are visible being “drgm tell drp” on one side of the cylinder and shot 200 schus on the other side. As well as made in Germany and the Venus Waffenwerk monogram on the cylinder end cap.. Stock has surface marks and scuffs overall and also there is a chip out of the toe of the stock. Overall an honest little rifle with an interesting magazine system where you screw out the barrel and a large spiral directs the bbs into the barrel without jamming up or clogging. Quite rare although we had another one a little while ago!
Stock No 4726
This air rifle whilst complete is not all original. The fragile barrel carriage which was a distinctive feature of the first series Webley Mark 2 has been replaced with a later barrel carriage and the barrel cleverly modified to fit so it slides in and out with ease and works perfectly. The barrel number does match the barrel action so it is just the barrel carriage which has been replaced. A rear sight is fitted and the correct aperture sight. The breech mechanism is as per the original series one being very different to the later series. Stock is quite good almost certainly rubbed down with the checkering still there. No major defects. The metalwork of the action is a bit grey and brown but all markings are clear visible. The barrel and the barrel frame are a bit grey. We suspect the work to repair it or to modify it and fit the later barrel frame was done quite a while ago and it was done quite well. We believe Webley did do this themselves if they got faulty barrel frames back for a certain period but obviously no way now of knowing who did the work.
Stock No 4755
Calibre: .177 smoothbore
This rare little rifle has seen better days but then have not we all this year! Whilst pretty much complete there is some damage to the stock like a layer of wood is missing at the fore end is delaminated and come off. The front sight is a replacement. The metal work is overall a browny greyey finishy some deep pitting on one area of the barrel presumably where its been held to cock it. This is a push in barrel, we have never had one of these for sale before , has markings on top which are just about legible “H M QUACKENBUSH HERKIMER NY USA” then a patent number. This seems to work ok with pellets .177 lead but was probably designed for balls. Darts are very fiddley to load. Non original metal sling swivel through the little tab on the bottom of the barrel and also has corresponding holes that don’t go right through on the stock for fitting of a sling of some sort. Obviously had a lot of use in its time but to its credit its still all there sort a thing.
Stock No 4777
This lovely quality, French made, CO2 rifle is in very good condition retaining lots of its original finish which is just starting to take on a light patina of age which is indicative of it not having been refinished. Fitted with its original nice quality rear sight and this is the model with sling swivels fitted which again are the original fittings. Nice engraving all around the breach block, nice crisp checkering to the hammer, no signs of abuse, stock is good just lost its polish, and there is a couple of very minor marks to it and possibly a little bit of damage to the toe of the stock. Believed to be the original vulcanite type butt plate. These are a nice quality rifle. The first CO2 design ever produced.
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Items that are shown with a blue envelope can be either purchased from our shop or you can have them delivered directly to your home address as they were either manufactured before 1939 or they are on commission sale being sold by us on behalf of a third party. Items where no envelope is shown can be purchased from our shop or you can have them sent to a registered fire arms dealer near you, and you collect it from them. To order an item from us phone 01243 827500
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Stock No 4773
SERVICE SERIES 3
This rifle looks very nice. It has clearly had some level of light refinishing in the past. The metal work is mostly shiny and black slightly thin bluing. All the markings etc are clear and crisp and all components would seem to be original apart from the eyepiece of the diopta sight which is a bit smaller than usual but the rest of the sight seems ok. Has had some work or tooling marks around the barrel pivot point on one side not sure what that is all about. And the stock has obviously been rubbed down as the checkering is worn away in some areas and light over most of it. But no cracks or serious defects. Barrel matches the action number and slides in and out very securely, all screw heads are good, a nice looking example if not fully original having had some level of work done to it but quite well done apart from the checkering of the stock.
Stock No 4790
H THE LINCOLN
This 6th batch Lincoln Jeffries rifle has been very nicely refinished and presents very well with a nice black finish overall to the metalwork however the markings are still clear on the top reading “H The The Lincoln Air rifle patent” serial number visible on the trigger block ,original rear sight fitted probably a replacement front sight which is not the original. Stock has also been nicely refinished to an even varnish however the checkering is very crisp may have been re cut, no standing man trade mark is visible on the stock also a very nicely fitted brass material butt plate is fitted. Excellent air tight tap, a good sound mechanism a nice looking highly collectable air rifle.
Stock No 4791
AIR RIFLE (Lincoln Jeffries patent)
This airgun has been quite nicely refinished, the metalwork is mostly black a little bit thin in places alll screw heads are good and components are correct. The stamping on top of the cylinder has been mostly lost in the polishing process but reminents of it are still there. Stock has also been refinished but the trade mark (BSA Pilarms) is still nice and clear on the stock, the checkering is a bit rubbed over and smoothed off. A nice looking example some people like refinished guns and some do not. This may have been in much worse condition at one point and we are certain that the work done on this has improved it immencsly. Good main spring, good tight tap and a good piston seal.
Stock No 4801
“T” model (Long Tom)
This rifle is basically sound and complete, but cosmetically it has a few problems, the metal work is mostly dark brown to black and grainy all over. Not smooth metal. And there has at some point been a peep sight fitted to the top of the trigger block this has now been removed leaving a flattened surface and some screw holes which do not look particularly nice. The open sights are original and complete even with the front sight bead . Screws would seem to be original but a bit used with some screwdriver damage. The stock, aside from the afforrmmentioned peep sight, is in reasonable condition, surface marks and scratches and knocks and signs of use overall.aslo fitted with some period sling swivel fittings to the stock and to the underlever. Not a terirble example but we have had far better in the past. Also there is a crack down the right hand side of the pistol grip see photo.
Stock No: 4833
Calibre: c12.5mm (half inch)
MAKE: PROBABLY GERMAN
MODEL: OUTSIDE LOCK
This fascinating item is the oldest air gun we have ever offered for sale. It is an outside lock air gun with all the mechanism visible and using a large leaf spring. This is an unusual one in that the trigger is folding and also the striker has a bypass whereby you can release the hammer without shooting air. The barrel has almost certainly been re browned at some stage whereas the action is in its original slightly pitted finish. The butt flask has been later covered in leather very nicely, sold brass butt plate, very long barrel which would have been designed to make full use of the air discharge. The barrel unscrews for loading the gun. An interesting early air gun, which clearly shows the mechanics of the pre charged air gun.
Stock No 4753
Calibre: 9mm rifled
This very nice antique air cane is in good original condition.the black lacquer is the original with a few knocks and scratches it has taken over time, complete with a very nice quality antique pump and a new reproduction key. No makers name on it that we have seen often the lock plates have an initial, we suspect this may be a Townsend made version. Screw out barrel with ram rod and sub calibre barrel which is all nice knurled brass and again all original.
Stock No 4823
This is a fairly good condition rifle the metal work has gone to an even brown patina with light graininess overall. Original components, open sights, stock has almost certainly been rubbed down, this is the later example with pressed checkered pistol grip and sheet metal trigger guard with no trigger adjustment. Screw heads are good, overall a pretty average example. The stock screw cover plate is well made and certainly a replacement part but the rest seem to be original components.
Stock No 47904840
DIFFERENT SHADES, TRICK OF THE LIGHT ON OUR CAMERA
This rifle looks quite nice, the metalwork has been re blued and its a hot blue done professionally but the metalwork could have been polished a bit better as the grain of previous pitting can be seen. It may have been not polished out too much so that the lettering on top of the cylinder still remains visible which it is. The serial number on the trigger block is also nice and clear and crisp as are other markings on various parts of the rifle. All components would seem to be correct the screws seem to have been cleaned up and look good , original open sights fitted, the stock is original has not been refinished the checkering is quite nice and crisp, and the stock is generally good. It must have been one of those rifles where the metalwork has been left to rust but the woodwork has survived well. Also fitted with an original sling swivel to the trigger guard but no sign of one ever having been fitted to the lever or barrel. Sometimes this trigger guard was used for a sling a sort of hand sling fitting. Type affair. Nice crisp action may be the original spring as it is a flat section one not sure. A clean example possibly the refinishing was worthwhile to someone at some stage often we like to see them in the original condition. But suppose it may have been quite bad.
COMMISSION SALE (BD)
These breakdown pattern BSA rifles are not actually as common as you might think. Certainly we have had a lot less of these than we have of most underlever models. This example is in fair condition the metal work is brown overall very slightly grainy but mostly smooth the stock is ok original a couple of deep marks on one side and general surface marks on the other. Original open sights fitted, however the cocking link is not original it is a very solid metal one that llooks very well fitted and does the job perfectly but is not the correct example. The photo etching is not visible on top of the cylinder as it has worn off as is the situation with nearly all of these. Interesting rifle in that the rifling is anticlockwise as opposed to the usual clockwise with almost every other rifle. Also note the butt screw cover plug has been replaced with a cunningly crafted leather one.
SERVICE MARK 2
This is a good clean original gun, the safety interceptor sear is a replacement part we know because we made it and fitted it but you may not notice, the rear sight elevation screw is a non original replacement part
which does the job of raising and lowering the sight blade. The rest of the gun is good, the metal work is an even dark brown colour which is very pleasing with all good clear markings no rust, the peep sight is original and good nice and crisp, the stock has probably had a coat of varnish but there don’t seem to be any damage to the stock, apart from an area where the varnish looks like its had a bit of tape on it that is in the centre of the stock otherwise there is no cracks or damage or missing wood to the stock. Action nice tight and crisp barrel in good order the number matches the action, a nice example and housed in a well made box with a label on the front stating that it is for this air rifle. Slight damage where the bolt handle has pushed through the top surface of the box. Green baize lining also contained with some old style pellets in a tin for Bisley bullet pellets which are an unusual looking pellet there is only about 30 in there I doubt thay would be accurate in any gun. And with a vintage we believe Parker Hale wood handle cleaning rod which is a swivelling handle type and fits in the box just right.
Here is the next lot of air rifles to be put on our website as time allows. Most are ready to go, others need a bit of TLC before we put them on the web. All are available now to buy, 1st come 1st served. Keep checking back on our website…
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Stock No 4844
SERVICE mark 2
This is a very nice original condition gun retaining virtually all its original bluing all markings and components are very good. The stock has a few surface marks and scratches and signs of being handled but no major defects. All components are the originals, there is a little bit of dirt and congealed grease in the crevises just because its been oiled and left over many years. It is in one of our reproduction boxes which looks old and contains the gun nicely. The barrel number matches the action number, all screw heads are very good and the safety interceptor sear works fine. A nice collectable item. If you prefer we can supply this item with a brand new stock instead of the one shown for the same price.
Stock No 4846
IMPROVED MODEL D junior
This is the shortest air rifle bsa ever made. Very slightly shorter than Buccaneer and Merlin. This example is presented very nicely it has been re blued. Some of the previous rust pitting or speckling is just about visible on the cylinder where its not been polished out fully but this means that the stamping on top of the rifle is still visible. It has been professionally hot blued and looks very nice. Complete and original, the stock has also been refinished so looks near new condition and the butt plate has also been polished. Complete and possibly all original components although some might be new and polished to match. No bead on the front sight, this looks to have been removed and carefully filed to give a neat little pointed post. These are a rare version of the improved model D designed for youngsters but they never sold that well. Nice clear serial number on the trigger block, screw heads are all very good, this has been professionally worked on.
Stock No 4845
IMPROVED MODEL D Juvenile
This is a very rare model of bsa air rifle its one of the scarcest prewar rifles and is unique in having a much thinner diameter cylinder than all the other prewar bsa air rifles. It is a true youths airgun. Also a unique, for bsa, flip up type rear sight. And a nice thin stock. This example is in fair condition, the metalwork being a pitted grey to brown finish overall its not been rubbed down or polished out its been left as it is. The bsa legends are visible on top of the cylinder but a bit light and in fact the word rifle is not really visible but the rest of it is mostly visible. Screw heads are OK the foresight is probly a replacement as its a much better finish than the rest of the gun, the trigger guard screws are the wrong wscrews. Serial number is clearly visible on the side of the trigger block, asnd is the correct serial for this model of rifle. Stock is ok not been rubbed down surface marks, scratches and rubbs reasonable checkering, the stock hole wooden cover is in a terrible condition, spring feels like it neads needs kneads attention probababably the original. Overall a only a fair condition example but then again they are rare so any condition is collectable. Perhaps this one could be tidied up but then again its not that bad left as it is. Its been pointed out to us by a fellow collector that actually more military patterns are known than genuine juvinile models. Perhaps thats the case, not sure.
Stock No 4807
The Haenel model 1 was one of the first air rifles with a half stock so waould have looked very modern when it was introduced. This example is in good condition with original sights and lots of original bluing, nice clear markings however there has been some pitting underneath where the stock meets the cylinder someone has allowed it to get wet in the rain and not dried it out. The screw heads are good the stock has some surface marks and scratches but has not been rubbed down. Overall a nice looking example just a slight shame about the pitting on the stock line.