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Here is a great selection of antique air guns. As all of these were made BEFORE 1939 they can be sent directly to you. For details on any of these or to order one (or more) phone 01243 827500

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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)


Made c1800-1820


Barrel length 708mm (27.75”)


Overall length 1170mm (46”)




BELLOWS GUN - circa 1770 to 1790, continental-probably German. No makers name. Double set hair trigger which works with a little coaxing. Little peep sight fitted to tang of stock. Lots of shaped brass inlaid plates to butt and side of mechanism. Nice carved scroll work to stock. Barrel opens at the breech by pushing a little lever in front of the brass trigger guard. No bellows mechanism inside the stock the ramrod is missing. At some time in the past the stock has been broken and repaired and possibly a new piece of wood inset. The woodwork goes right to the muzzle of the large diameter octagonal barrel. 44” overall length, 30” barrel. A really nice decorative piece .25 cal (6.35mm) £995




Calibre: .25

Stock No: C/S

Price: £995



Bellows gun

Stock No: 3526

Price: £255.00

Year:  1920s or 30s

Calibre: 5.4mm




This interesting design of pump up rifle is in quite good cosmetic condition retaining most of its original bluing an also all the original nickel plating to the valve and trigger block mechanism. Pumps ok takes a bit of energy to get it to work, stock is in good condition with minor surface wear and marks and scratches. Original open sights are fitted, nice clear markings to the top. It is in the slightly unusual 5.4mm calibre with rifling only at the end of the barrel. Known at the time as the paradox and now adopted as something marvellous by a modern gun maker. Most things in fire arms have been tried before to some extent. Sweden’s answer to the Crosman of the prewar years.


Price: £1495

Year: c1880-1900

Calibre: 6mm



This lovely antique air rifle is in truly superb condition retaining virtually all the original dark black blue finish to the barrel and frame and parts. The stock is in very good condition with lovely sharp chequering with just a few surface scratches and marks. The cylinder is good, unfortunately there are some deep vice marks on part of it. These were supplied to the rifle on an exchange basis, you sent your empty one off and they return to you a full cylinder. Imagine the disappointment of an owner who had looked after his rifle very well received back a cylinder that had been not kept as well. A truly lovely antique with lots of engraving which is all nice and crisp, nice horn ribbed butt plate and this model is fitted with sling swivels to the barrel and stock. An excellent collector’s item in lovely condition.

Stock No: 3760

Price: £125.00

Year: c1900

Calibre: .177



This is a slightly superior quality GEM with heavier componentry than some of this size. Unfortunately this has lost virtually all its original nickel plating which has given way to a brown and pattented surface overall. However the markings on the top of the barrel are still visible being “patent “ then the cross pistols trade mark for Eisenwerke Gaggenan and then “Watson Pall Mall” who were an early importer of GEMs. This is fitted with a very nice cast shaped butt plate, the barrel lock up is extremely tight and secure, the trigger mechanism works perfectly. Probably the original rectangular section spring is fitted and that has seen better days. Overall a tight rifle just lacking in its external finish .Believed to be original open sights fitted, the rear sight is part of the doll head type barrel latch.

Stock No: 3771

Price: £135.00

Year: c1900

Calibre: .177 smooth bore



This GEM air rifle was in its day one of the best are rifles you could buy is fitted with a nicely adjustable target rearsight similar to that fitted to Giffards of the day. Unfortunately it is no longer in good condition and can only be described as fair condition. The fully octagonal barrel has light pitting and has been cleaned off and the rest of the action is similarly lightly pitted over all. Also some cracks in the butt stop where it meets the action and a tiny bit of looseness in this area. Nice cast butt plate carefully fitted on tot the stock. T bar barrel latch, some slight movement at the breach. We believe this is called the Demi Tir target model and was made to order with this rear sight. We also believe this gem was at one point in the collection of the late Tony Williams.

Stock No: BD8C

Price: £965.00

Year: c1890

Calibre: 8mm



This nice quality French made CO2 powered rifle is in fairly good condition the metal work being brown to black, the action having nice engraving on it and retaining most of its original finish. All components are as they should be with the exception of the front sight which we believe to be a replacement but looks fine. The stock has probably be rubbed down at some point, the checkering is not that sharp. Original and nice balloon butt plate fitted. The action is in good working order. This is the 8mm version which we have have found to be less common than the 6mm version and 4.5mm versions. That is based on what we have had through our shop we do not know actual production figures. The cylinder is in good condition and matches the action and barrel very well. A nice quality early antique air rifle.

Stock No: 3815

Price: £218.00

Year: 1924

Calibre: .177



This very nice 1920s target rifle is in good condition retaining some of its original deep black finish and some of the metal is slightly worn. The photo etching on the cylinder is just about visible under a good light. The front sight has been modified by a previous owner for their preferred style of shooting with either a replacement front sight or the original having been filed down. A foresight cover has also been fitted. There there are no BSA markings on this cover. The rear sight has seen some mechanical attention and the wheel seems to be locked in its current position and is not moveable. All screw heads are good and we believe original, the stock is nice just with one mark that seems to be a pellet strike which has been steamed out and some wax fill it does not look too bad. Other than that there are no cracks or other major defects. The tap mechanism is extremely tight and holds air very well. The rear sight needs attention as it has had somebody’s attention in the past. It’s just not quite right.


Price: £1895

Year: c1850

Calibre: .41 inch



This is a lovely old antique. It appears that a certain level of refinishing has been done to it the action block has a pseudo case hardened effect which actually looks very good. The barrel is a dark grey colour but with some sort of pitting. The ball reservoir seems in good condition, the tap loading breech block is very nice and tight with a nice clicking open tap which is completely air tight. Stock is nice probably not refinished with a checkered wrist large scroll work trigger guard and fitted butt plate which again has a case hardened appearance and does look nice. Overall this is a good looking antique ball reservoir air gun.

Stock No: 2816

Price: £172.00

Year: 1905

Calibre: .177



This very early BSA air rifle by our calculations the 279th air rifle produced under the BSA name  from the first batch of BSA’s after the initial Lincoln Jeffries batch is all original and complete but does have a number of issues which have occurred over time. The front sight has lost its bead and has been filed down quite neatly, the tap screw cover is missing and now  appears to be a welded lump on the thread and has been filed and cleaned off we believe there should be a knurled head screw however the tap does function as it should just does not look great. The underlever axis screw lock screw is broken we have not attempted removal we have left it as it is. One of the trigger guard screws is non original we fitted one of our reproductions and It looks superb and does the job and is the best looking screw on the gun , the stock has losses where it meets the trigger block and a small crack the checkering has been very well worn down over the years through use. The BSA trade mark can just about be seen on the stock but the stock where it meets the butt plate has also been broken and repaired in ancient times. An extra screw has been put in the butt plate presumably to hold it secure all this was done a long time ago during its working life. The rear sight is original and functional the inscription on top the the cylinder is just about visible on the grey to broem grainy slightly pitted metal surface and reads “BSA AIR RIFLE LINCOLN JEFFRIES PATENT MADE BY THE BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS COMPANY LTD. This is a well used honest example.


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Price: £1350.00

Year: c1880

Calibre: 8mm



This truly superb gun is in excellent condition retaining virtually all its original bluing the engraving on the breech block is nice and sharp and really looks nice, the cylinder, thankfully, is also in very good condition. These were supplied on a return basis and are often in not as good condition as the item they are fitted to however in this case the cylinder is almost as good as the rest  of the gun. The trigger guard again has engraving o the long tang, the stock is in good condition with some minor surface scratches and marks of time but with nice checkering. Original horn butt plate and fitted with sling swivels. The sights are what would have originally been fitted ie minimilistic type in a small dovetail adjustable rear sight and a tiny little bead at the front. A truly nice collector’s item.


Price: £3800.00

Year: c1860s or 80s


Butt Reservoir

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.

E London


Due to the value of this item we are unable to post it to you.


Stock No: 3824

Price: £157.00

Year: c1935

Calibre: .177


BREAKDOWN (anti clockwise rifling)

This is BSA’s only break barrel they made before the war, this example is in fairly good condition retaining some original bluing and what appears to be a certain level of refinishing. The photo etching is not visible on the chamber. The open sights are present, correct and believed to be original, the screws are good the stock is nice may have had some rubbing down of the pistol grip as the angles just do not seem quite sharp enough. The barrel lock up is nice and tight. A good average example, no major faults but not a minter either.  This is the only anti clockwise rifling we have seen. Having tried various pellets they all seem to work OK! No need to put the pellets in backwards. May may work even better south of Watford due to the coriolis effect.


Stock No: 3813

Price: £180.00

Year: c1907

Calibre: .177



Ton this rifle the trigger axis bolt head has been well mullered. It has been bashed and filed down and fixed in position. Rest of the rifle is actually nice, good, honest and original. The metal work is a brown grainy finish, the sights are original and complete, all of the screws are original and ok apart from the barrel axis bolt locking screw which is a new one and perfect. The spring is probably original and is flat section, trigger mechanism works perfectly, the stock has no major defects just normal surface wear, the trade mark is quite clear on the stock, original steal butt plate fitted. Overall a good honest tight gun apart from the trigger axis bolt head which does let it down somewhat. Careful examination shows that at some point this rifle has been covered in black paint however this has mostly been removed very carefully revealing the current brown grainy surface which looks pleasantly old. The markings, which are just about visible on top of the cylinder are “BSA AIR RIFLE MADE BY THE BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS COMPANY LTD” AND “LINCOLN JEFFRIES PATENT” is stamped in to the under lever which is the earliest style without the supporting side fences. Also has a serial number and some other numbers in hidden away places.


Stock No: 3818

Price: £196.00

Year: c1936

Calibre: .22


“T” model LONG TOM

Overall this is a nice looking rifle on initial inspection. However looking at it closely you can see that it has been cold blued over a smooth and shiny surface a professional blue would have given a much better end product. The rifle however is complete and all components seem to be original including the open sights. The screws are good/very good the stock has not been refinished and is in fairly good condition with some overall surface scratches and marks with age and use but no faults other than a tiny chip out of the top of the pistol grip over hang. The butt stock bolt cover retaining plate is a completely non original bit that someone has made up for it. The screw is very good and the tap mechanism works perfectly. Possibly a candidate for a full professional re-blue job in which case it would look superb although a lot of owners would be happy as it is as we said it looks fine on initial inspection.