I thought I'd post a few pics of my .22 BSA Buccaneer.
For those that are not aware of the model, BSA produced the Buccaneer between late 1977 until production ceased in 1981.
I have read somewhere that only about 1,400 were made in that time, IIRC, so it's a pretty rare airgun....certainly this is the only one I ever recall seeing.
The rifle is basically the action of a Scorpion pistol, married to a Meteor barrel.....so a sort of 'Ratcatcher' of it's day!!!
The metalwork is nicely blued to a high standard, much better than the black enamel finish other BSA models of the same era were encumbered with.
It was fitted into the World's first production synthetic (plastic) thumbhole stock (again IIRC).
The design of the (brown) stock means it would be totally unsuitable for lefties, due to the bias of the thumbhole, and sharply defined cheekpiece.
The rifle was fitted with a peep sight mounted at the very rear of the cylinder, rather than the normal position on top of the breechblock.
This has the advantage of giving a very long sight line, but the cylinder is also grooved for fitment of a scope.
As the powerplant is from a pistol (combined with a longer power sapping barrel), powerful it is not.
I don't know if BSA fitted a stronger spring than was fitted to the Scorpion, in an attempt to up the power, but I suspect they did, as the rifle is a pig to shoot.
It feels really harsh, and the plastic stock amplifies the noise and vibration of the action, rather than absorbing it, as a wooden stock will.
I've never chrono'd the Buccaneer, as the firing cycle rattles my fillings so much, so I'd rather not bother (but I'd suspect around 6-7ftlb).
In-fact, I've only ever fired about 7 shots through it......and that was more than enough for me thanks!!
Have any of you guys got a Buccaneer, or have you ever seen one before?
Apolls if the pics aren't great, as it was raining, so I had to take the pics indoors by the patio doors, so the lighting isn't great.