The air rifle in question is a very early Ripley Predator, it's in pristine condition as it's spent most of it's life in a gun cabinet. The current owner is retiring abroad and wishes to sell most of his gun collection, I've just bought two other Ripley's off him which are not on ticket but as soon as he pulled the Predator out of the gun cabinet I fell in love with it, it's better looking than my wife and is much sleeker, the lines just go on and on!
To me it's worth all the hassle of removing it off ticket (regardless of cost) as I don't have one in my Ripley collection and this one is a pure masterpiece of engineering - a custom one off.
Kes - many thanks for the help.
Air-Tech - nothing unto wards, it's just that I've been after one for some considerable time and this one is a little beauty.
Many thanks for the help and advice guys.
I was speaking to Carl at Boyces in nelson a few months ago, seems he quite regularly has guns taken off fac.
The wife collects shoes and I collect Ripley's, when she buys or should I say finds a new pair of shoes in the bottom of the cupboard I find a new Ripley hiding in the loft!
I don't know what it is about Ripley's but they sure do look and feel special.
The only way I can explain it to my friends is "it's like owning and driving a Triumph Stag, it gives you that warm feeling and a huge grin!"
My father is a retired cabinet maker and I guess that's where I get the obsession with quality items from. I still have the solid oak dinning room table and six chairs that he made for my wedding present some 20+ years ago and it looks better today then it did back then, the shine (polish) is unbelievable and the smell is out of this world. No nasty screws and none of those hideous nails, just good old fashioned joints and dowels as my father would say - it's a shame I didn't get my fathers hands as well as my mothers brains!
I guess I'm just starting to appreciate gun oil and precision engineering!
Once again thanks for the help.
I have had it done on a FAC rapid before. I can send you details of the RFD that did mine if you want. There is a cost involved but it was a few years ago when i had it done and dont remember how much.
It would have to be sent via RFD and returned via RFD after unless you pick it up, so you will have to factor in two lots of RFD costs on top of the conversion and proofing costs. I would not expect a quick turnaround either.
I guess the question is how much you want it?
i thought once a gun was on fac it stayed on it
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