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BSA Buccaneer
« on: June 26, 2012, 03:24:34 PM »
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.

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Re: BSA Buccaneer
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2012, 04:36:32 PM »
Very nice Gareth  8)

I bought one a while ago, managed one shot then it broke  :-\

The hammer in the trigger snapped..


Cheers, John  :)

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Re: BSA Buccaneer
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2012, 04:57:58 PM »
Have you repaired it yet John?


I have heard horror stories about the plastic stocks cracking, both near the trigger guard and the barrel 'bridge'.

I'm not surprised, because as I've explained, the rifle is VERY harsh to shoot.


Seeing as my stock is perfect, I don't want to risk cracking it, so that another reason why I don't use it.

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Re: BSA Buccaneer
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2012, 01:30:50 AM »
'Fraid it's got put in the corner of the spare room and forgotten about  ;D

I was watching a Scorpion cylinder/trigger unit on fleabay but forgot to bid on it  :-\



Cheers, John  :)

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Re: BSA Buccaneer
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2012, 09:30:23 AM »
Have you approached Knibbsy about spares John?

I know he can be pricey, but at least he will have the parts you require in stock.

Infact, I have read that he has enough spares to assemble complete brand new Scopions from stock!

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Re: BSA Buccaneer
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2012, 12:09:11 PM »
Have you approached Knibbsy about spares John?

I know he can be pricey, but at least he will have the parts you require in stock.

Infact, I have read that he has enough spares to assemble complete brand new Scopions from stock!

Hi Gareth

Looking at how complex the Bucc/Scorpion trigger is, I think i'll just wait until a whole trigger unit comes up for sale, I don't fancy stripping mine down  :-[


Cheers, John  :)

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Re: BSA Buccaneer
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2012, 02:23:02 PM »
Chicken!!!  ::) :P ;) ;D

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Re: BSA Buccaneer
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2012, 09:25:10 PM »
Chicken!!!  ::) :P ;) ;D
Cluck Cluck Cluck  ;D



John  :)