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07-02-2010, 11:29 AM
These are some pics of the rifle I picked up for peanuts, What do you think, is it worth the money!!!! (£20..)
07-02-2010, 11:38 AM
NAH..........I would say that they saw you coming mate!........(did they have a large brass telescope in the window as well?).........tell you what, I need some spares, so will give you £25.50 for it, and pay for the postage............don't thank me, that's just the nice chap that I am:D:D:D
Jammy dog!.......any single part of that is worth £20:eek:........add £150 to your purchase outlay price, and then you will be in the ballpark.....I am not envious, no not me, no green mist here.......no sireee:(
07-02-2010, 11:42 AM
Do they have anymore in stock? :D :p
Good find :)
07-02-2010, 11:49 AM
Do they have anymore in stock? :D :p
Good find :)
:D:D:D.........Yep, well done Iain, this must be a candidate for the best gun bargain thread on here somewhere!.........just can't understand how anyone could hold one of those, and not see the quality.......even the retired doctor next door, who has never shot anything in his life, saw one of my old BSA's one day and said, after I explained that is was an air rifle, and not a musket:rolleyes:
"Oh my, that is a nice old thing, it's so well made, and the wooden bit looks like a really nice old piece of walnut"...(he has antique furniture)
So a really lucky day for you, hope it has cheered you up a bit, and helped you this week.
07-02-2010, 12:00 PM
Well it's been a bit of a c**p time and was needing to take my mind off the looming redundancy just waiting for the date as the company is closing down,
So yes that was a bargin and almost felt guilty when i walked out the shop.....lasted only a few seconds, I had it at the club on Friday night and all the guys there were thinking I'd lost the plot, then i put a few shots through it over the chrono and the chap shooting 10m air pistol got the fright of his life when he saw what i was proposing to use.. even shooting approx 3" high with the sight fully down managed to group the shots in about 3/4 to an 1".
I'm sure with a good clean and washer and spring it will be a grand old rifle.
It's just the nut behind the bolt that will let things down
07-02-2010, 04:01 PM
Hate to tell you this Iain but the rear sight is not original to the gun, which explains why it's shooting high, and is probably a post-WW1 sight. So unfortunately not the bargain you first thought it was. :o
07-02-2010, 04:18 PM
I've been done!!! just as well i kept the receipt. What should the rear sight look like as it looks like I have another mission on my hands.
I'ts always the same think you got a bargin then ... thats more like the luck I've been having back to normal
07-02-2010, 04:32 PM
Hi Iain........On closer examination the rearsight looks like a later one as Garvin says, All may not be lost however, as I may have one kicking about (at least the base in any case.....give me a while, and I will get back to you on here)
The original is similar, but a lower profile;
Yours is like the ones fitted to the standard/light models in the 1920's/30's;
If I don't have one......another option would be to make the foresight higher, to the same height as a later one, that would get all back in kilter again.......
07-02-2010, 04:41 PM
Thanks for that, it would be good to try and make sure there are no imposters on this fine old rifle,
When a bargin looks to good to be true it probably is... it was just sitting there begging to be bought..
07-02-2010, 04:55 PM
Ian, what a bargin bet you cant find another for that price collector's gun'..:cool::cool:
07-02-2010, 05:09 PM
Hi Iain, Like garvin and Edbear says it is the wrong rearsight, and that would account for the high shooting, however I would still say that you got the bargain of the century. Each and every component part of a BSA Improved model D is worth more that 25 quid each with perhaps the exception of some of the smallest screws. Most genuine spares are mostly made of pure unobtainium so in anybodies book you did really well;):D. apart from the rearsight all other parts look 100% authentic and in keeping with the age of the gun.
All the best
from sunny Seattle USA
07-02-2010, 05:18 PM
Iain, it's a really nice one...you did well! :)
07-02-2010, 05:19 PM
Hi Mate............FOUND ONE!.....(base anyway)..so you are back on track!......the dovetail width is the same as the one on yours, but the height of the sight deck ie. from the base to the highest part in the middle....is 4.75mm on the original, and should be 6.9mm (ish) on the one on yours......this means your sights probably will not adjust down under 20-25 yards (or even further)...
BUT.....as everything is life, there is a hitch!......the elevation wheel and insert on the earlier sights are different as well to what you have....so it means another cheque sent off to Shustoke made payable to J.Knibbs esq.:p
He does a pattern wheel and insert.....the wheel is OK, but the inserts do not have the taper to the sliding edges, they are fair quality..that's the kindest I can be (they are also often in need of "fettling" due to machining marks.)
So It's your call mate.......the one I have needs a tickle in the slots with a needle file,as has had a small knock......but PM me your address if you want it............no charge, happy to help out!
PS.......If you want it........when fitting, the hole for the adjustment wheel goes to the front (it is offset on the earlier ones......look at my piccys earlier on this thread, and all will be apparent)
07-02-2010, 05:35 PM
Ed, you are a true champ, I'll pm you my address and thanks for that, it restores the faith to see people are willing to help like this.
I feel I may need to send a little something to you for all this
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