BUT.....what about the "daintier" feel of the original Lincoln Jeffries Patent model? Now they "feel" nice.
Can drool screw up a keyboard?
For me it comes down to a choice of either the:
Webley Mk2 Service Rifle
BSA Improved Model "D"
both great rifles!
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Rifles: Air Arms S400 - Air Arms TX200HC - Webley MkII Service Rifle - BSA Imp Model D
Pistols: Webley Seniors - Webley Juniors - Beretta 92FS - Cobra Crossbow
mine would be the one i do own
my webly mark 1 rifle in siggy
in my opinion its the best pre ww2 rifle
V-Mach Webley Mark 1 .177 http://www.airgunbbs.com/showthread....ghlight=webley
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The Haenel model 5 is a nice shooter, though yes, the BSAs probably take the crown.
Well, it seems to be the BSA Improved model D that most have gone for....
Really interesting replies, and some stunning pics of your prize possessions... Je suis very jealous!
Pro Sport .177, TXHC .177, BSA Club Standard No.1
The exact question is which is the best pre-WW2 gun?
Now many of you know just how high I rate pre-WW1 Beeza's and whilst I rate the Imp D sporting .22 air rifle, I dont think I would choose it.The pre-WW1 gun I have in mind is much much rarer.
For me the two guns I would choose would be,
Pre WW1 = The Britannia Anglo Sure Shot as I love the short full powered design,with two power levels, one for indoor shooting and one for outdoor shooting. The rearsight is a work of art and if only the gun had got the same amout of advertising and promotion as the BSA, it may have been more of a contender, and stopped some of BSA air rifle dominance. Superb build quality and a desireability that comes from being a rare beast.Most were made in .177 or .25 calibre, so a mage rare.22 model is the ultimate!!
The BSA Club Standard No.1 Air Rifle. Full sized 45.5" design in the superflat .177cal. A superbly accurate hard hitting gun which is one of the great secrets of the BSA underlever world. Full power high velocity gun, with improved adjustable trigger compared to the simpler design on the Imp D. Not too many made, so sought after now by 'those in the know' One of the best BSA's ever IMHO.
I to like the C S Models I have 3 ...2x 45.1/2" models and a No4 C S 43.1/4" I would have to agree the 45.1/2" are very nice to shoot and very accurate..However I still think the Improved Mod D has it....
For Jo and me, it has to be a BSA underlever of some description. Either the pre WW1 model fitted with a period BSA aperture sight or perhaps a post 1920 No2, again fitted with aperture sight. I've used the latter for vintage comps and found the flat trajectory and poke of the longer cylindered .22 superior over the shorter .177s.
Loved that pic of the cased model by the way!
Very, very pre WWII for my choice. I'd love to have a working Girandoni.
The South of England has 2 good things, the M1 and the A1. Both will take you to Yorkshire.
I have to write in since nobody mentioned the Bonehill Britannia Anglo Sure-Shot. Oozing quality, all forged parts, and great handling due to the nifty compact design. They are incredibly accurate and make good power (although I've never Chrono'd either of mine). Anyone else identify with this sentiment?
I used to have a Bonehill Britannia. Paid £4 for it in the very early 70's and sold it for £115 in about 1978.
I think I'll kill myself!