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Help identifying vintage air rifle
« on: March 19, 2017, 01:40:38 AM »
Hi - newbie member here, and looking forward to contributing in the future. For now, I'd be grateful for any help identifying an old, vintage air rifle. I'm convinced its a BSA, but not sure of the year and model. Its a .22 underlever. The serial number is s21612. Any help much appreciated!

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Re: Help identifying vintage air rifle
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 10:36:36 AM »
Hi - newbie member here, and looking forward to contributing in the future. For now, I'd be grateful for any help identifying an old, vintage air rifle. I'm convinced its a BSA, but not sure of the year and model. Its a .22 underlever. The serial number is s21612. Any help much appreciated!
Do you have any photos of the offending rifle? This will help identify it.
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Re: Help identifying vintage air rifle
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 10:52:59 AM »
Welcome Richard to our little world. :)

 At a guess I'd suggest it could be a bsa standard  from around 1920-1940, I'm sure there'll be some one long soon who knows abit more.
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Re: Help identifying vintage air rifle
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2017, 12:26:49 PM »
Howdy Richard, and a warm welcome into the friendly atmosphere of our Planet.

Looking in the Dennis Hiller book, the serial number you quote of S21612 relates to a .22 calibre BSA 'Standard' underlever, which was made in 1924.

Hope that helps, Gareth. ;)

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Re: Help identifying vintage air rifle
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2017, 09:15:11 PM »
Fantastic. Thanks gents! Next project is to refurb my 35 year old HW80. Re-bluing kit purchased...wish me luck!

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Re: Help identifying vintage air rifle
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2017, 09:24:24 PM »
Good luck. ;D

 Have you had the 80 from new , what's the story? :)
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Re: Help identifying vintage air rifle
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2017, 11:07:08 PM »
Yes, I've had the HW80 from new. My interest in air rifles started when an uncle loaned me his gun - I forget the make. Inevitably I wanted bigger and better. I was fortunate in having a school friend who lived in the middle of nowhere and had access to plenty of shooting. My first proper gun was a BSA Airsporter S - a beautiful rifle. We shot plenty of pigeons in particular from a Christmas tree plantation that had been left to grow wild. For some reason I sold the Airsporter to a friend and bought the HW80, along with a Tasco 4 x 40 scope. That was back in the 80s. I was fortunate enough to have my own shoot as well, on a farm just outside Twyford near Reading and shot plenty of rabbits and squirrels. As I guess is a familiar story, birds and booze soon became my favourite pursuits and the HW80 went in the cupboard. Just recently I have taken up my interest again, joining a local air rifle club. I used the HW80 a couple of weeks ago, firing it for the first time in more than 25 years, half expecting it to dissolve into a pile of nuts and bolts, but it fires great - hitting one inch groups at 30 yards. Time has taking its toll though - it had a hard life before going into hibernation and now desperately needs a good refurb - re-blue the metal, rub the stock down and replace the washers and spring. With my interest now fully re-stoked, I'm planning to build up a collection of the guns I always wanted as a kid. I'd love to get another Airsporter S, as well as an HW35, HW77, a Feinwerkbau Sport and a Webley Vulcan Deluxe so if anyone out there can help I have good money waiting for you!

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Re: Help identifying vintage air rifle
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2017, 11:23:41 PM »
The Hw80 has become abit iconic , if you're refurbing the internals , there's a  nice little kit with genuine hw springs with made to measure spring guide and top hat+  short stroke piston heads by a chap who goes by the name of Tinbum  . I've used his kits in a couple of my own weihrauchs and have had very pleasing results. It's definitely worth googling.

 Can't comment on the bluing situation as I've never dipped my toe in those waters. It'd be great to see a before and after picky.
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Re: Help identifying vintage air rifle
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2017, 11:28:54 PM »
Thanks for that. Will definitely take some pix. I cant make it any worse than it already is!

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Re: Help identifying vintage air rifle
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 08:02:52 AM »
Welcome aboard mate. I've got a fwb 127 I've not long since finished with a reflection blue and vmach kit. I took it to the club yesterday for its first outing and it shoots brilliant to 35 yards after that I struggle to see the targets through the tiny old scope.
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