Antique & Vintage air rifles (pre 1939)
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Stock No: 3882
This nice old antique rifle is in what we would call original condition retaining some original finish being nickel plate to the cylinder but very well worn where it has been held and used. The rifle has received much use. The stock is good with no major cracks just numurous...numouros...numuourous...lots of surface marks and some initials of a former owner branded in to the stock. The spring is a little bit weak we are not sure about the calibre as .25 pellets seam a bit tight but we are supplying some pellets which we have sized and do fit the barrel fine. The bore is lovely clean and smooth original open sights are fitted and original being the theme that is the marking on top of the flat. ORIGINAL being the mark for original the Venus vafenverk we believe. A nice interesting old antique.
Stock No: 3912
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.
PUMP FOR AN ANTIQUE AIRGUN
We think this pump was made 1960s or 70s to enable an antique airgun to be filled. Browned metal with knurling. Front thread size is around 17mm (5/8”) and fits the Townsend made aircane we have in stock so would seem to be a relatively standard size.
PUMP TO FIT AIRCANES
Not antique but appears to be some years old. Nicely made, blue/black type steel finish, c16 inches (41 CM) overall length, not tested but principles involved are pretty basic.
PUMP FOR ANTIQUE AIRGUN with fitting suitable for ball reservoir air rifles. Thread measures 21mm outside diameter 19mm inside diameter
1” tube. Not antique, not tested, but very well made. Closed length is 17” (432mm) long. Plain metal hond pump head as per most antique types £140.00
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.
Calibre: .22 rifled
MIDLAND GUN Co.
This example of the not too often seen Demon rifle is in fairly good original condition. The metal work is brown and smooth for the most part and screw heads would seem to be original and in good order. The sights may not be original but do look period, the stock unfortuneately has a crack through the pistol grip a may even have been in 2 parts at 1 stage. This has been repaired and it looks like a good strong repair but not cosmetically perfect. There is an unusual pressed in emblem on the side of the stock which looks a bit like the BSA piled arms mark but only appears to have 2 rifles in the stack instead of 3. Quite a crisp tight action just a shame about the crack in the pistol grip otherwise a very nice item.
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Stock No 4333
This early English made air rifle is in basically sound condition, the rear sight is not the original but is a very nice folding leaf rear sight that was put on some time ago. The markings on the barrel block are not clear having been rubbed down and rubbed over, some are just about visible. Serial number is nice and clear on all parts, stock is original and fitted well, nice tight barrel lock up,most of the screws would appear to be correct. Also has the two power setting positions which allow power to be chosen. An interesting aspect of this is an unusual cut out in the cocking link which initially we could not work out what is was for but once in the fully cocked position this cut out allows the trigger sear to be adjusted so presumably enabling a lighter trigger pull. We do not recall seeing this feature on another version of this so maybe an owner modification or something that Cox, the manufacturer, tried out. Good straight rifled barrel. Mainspring feels quite strong. The metalwork is grey, lightly pitted overall and generally worn. A reasonable example that is basically is complete and original apart from the aforementioned rear sight.
Stock No 4432
This interesting early MGR rifle, made before they became known as Diana, is in fair condition the metalwork having no finish on it at all and probably been polished off. The barrel latch mechanism works fine. This has some form of safety catch at the back which we think is to set the trigger after it has been cocked. It does not function as no matter what you do it will fire but with a heavy trigger pull anyway. The rest of the mechanism seems ok. Nice neat little flip up rearsight and probably the original front sight fitted on the fully octagonal barrel. The markings are “Manufactured In Germany” and “NGR” with a circle on the barrel breach and a serial number on the breach face. Nice stock with chequering, original varnish a solidly made rifle of which we have not had many of over the years.
Stock No 4443
This classic underlever rifle is in superb condition. Retains lots of its original glossy blued finish, photo etching on the top is fully visible but more so in a strong light, screw heads are good, original open sights are fitted although the bead has been removed, deliberately we would say, from the front sight. Stock is excellent with a few minor surface marks and one knock in the kcentre, very crisp action. Overall a very good example.
Stock No 4450
Calibre: .177 smoothbore
This is an example of the very famous Diana 27. Diana’s longest lasting model, this is the first version of it it is in fair condition the metalwork has gone a bit brown and a bit grainy. The Diana trade mark on the cylinder is very faint also marked “Diana Luft-
Stock No 4451
Calibre: .177 (smoothbore)
This nice old antique airgun has seemingly had little use but has been stored badly. The mechanism is nice and tight, the barrel lock up is superb. However, the metal is pitted and pock marked overall. There would have been nickel plating on the cylinder and cocking link but this is now virtually all gone. The stock is nice and tight, the spring is probably the original as it is visibly worn out, but the breech mechanism and piston seal are obviously still good. Overall a nice tight solid example that has aged a bit, however the markings on the bottom of the barrel “Manufactured In Germany” are fully visible on the bottom as well as the serial number on the barrel face and breech face.
Stock No CSBD
IMPROVED MODEL BRITANNIA
This rare interesting and desirable rifle of very unusual desig in good honest condition. The metalwork is mostly brown but with no deep pitting, some score and tool marks here and there. The lettering on top of the cylinder is nice and clear and is fully legible, open sight is complete and fitted however the rear sight is not complete. There should be a piece of metal which slides down on an inclined plane to provide elevation adjustment however it is missing and a neatly made rear sight piece has been inserted in to the dove tail which does give windage adjustment but no elevation adjustment. Good tight action, stock is nice and tight on the gun, stock itself has some surface marks and scratches but no cracks or major defects. It is original, the gun has not been refinished. One screw on the cocking mechanism axis bolt the nut is wrong the rest seem to be original parts. Also supplied with a neat little spanner which fits the aforementioned nut and also acts as a pellet pusher for which the pellet is inserted through the unique as far as we are aware type of loading tap. Good markings on the side of the gun as well. Overall a really interesting designed as a competitor to the Lincoln Jeffries and BSA rifles but in actual fact failed on that count as these are a lot rarer and obviously never sold as well. And how this was improved over the previous Britannia we are not quite sure but that what is was called. There is some evidence of brazing around the end of the cylinder near the pellet loading port. We are not sure if this was how they were originally made or this was done subsequently for some reason but the gun is complete and the tap mechanism and everything functions fine.
Stock No 4466
Calibre: .177 smoothbore
This antique is in fair original condition the metalwork having lost its nickel plating to the cylinder and the barrel being a nice even brown colour. Marked “gem” and with the crossed rifles mark of Eisenwerke Gaggenau on the top barrel flat as the words “manufactured in Germany”. Dolls head type barrel latch, a tiny bit of movement of the barrel and also the stock has some play in it. Nicely fitted butt plate which is inlet in to the wood, original open sights fitted, a reasonable mid quality gem really.
Stock No 4392
MODEL 2 DRP
This is a very solid and well made break barrel air rifle with a barrel lock mechanism to the side of the breech block. This example is in reasonable condition the metalwork generally brown and grainy, the front sight is not the corrrect item however the rearsight appears to br the right part. Screws are generally good maybe old replacements as the finish on them is a bit different to that on the metalwork. But they look OK. Stock is generally worn rubbbed down and used but is original and uncracked, nice cast trigggger guard, reasonably strong spring, a good tight barrrrrrel lock up. All the markings are fully readable these being “Haenel mod II DRP” on top of the cylinder and “cal 4.5mm (.177)” with a star to show it is rifled atop the barrrrrrrrrrrel. No serial number that we can find.
Stock No 4475
This BSA pre war under lever is in very good condition, the metalwork is nice and smooth however we believe it may have refinished at some point in the past as there is no photo etching visible. However all the edges and corners are crisp and sharp, original open sights fitted, screw heads are good and crisp, stock is nice and tight, some surface marks and scratches but no major defects. The only thing a bit puzzling about this rifle is that there is no serial number on it. The is no sign of one ever having been applied the normal place would be on the trigger block. We can not think why this is. This would appear to be a T model with a flat breech face where you load the pellet and other features of this late, just about pre war, rifle. The only problem is that this rifle is missing the stock hole cover in the butt. It has clearly fallen out and been removed which is a shame, otherwise everything is good.
SERVICE MARK 2 SERIES 2
This is basically sound and complete Webley mark 2 second series however the barrel number does not match that of the action. It looks to have been in the gun for quite some time and slides in and out nicely. The metal finish overall is very good, we believe all original finish, all marking are nice and crisp and clear. The only problem is the axis bolt seems to have had a slotted nut put on to it at some stage in the past. Action is good and crisp, a new breech seal has been put in, interceptor sear works fine, sights complete and working. Butt stop is very good with no major marks or defects, no cracks. Also comes with a nicely made add on fore end which takes off rifle and leaves no visible sign it was ever there, so its an optional extra which is included and makes the gun a bit more comfy to shoot. In the less often seen .177 calibre the barrel is an original Webley one not a replacement modern one or nuffin. Overall a very nice example of a less often seen series 2 version.
Stock No 4490
Calibre: .22 rifled
This antique German air rifle has a few issues. The sights are wrong, thgey have been replaced a long time ago with completely the wrong items (we are supplying a replacement rearsight with this rifle which looks more like the original). The stock has a crack in the pistol grip and is loose on the trigger block. The spring, breech seal and piston seem ok, the metalwork is generally brown and grainy, the words “Diana Luft-