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    Bsa one of one thousand

    Calling all beezer geezers, just wondered if anyone knew the cost of these when new? I have been offered a .177 with original scope, but nothing else..
    30th September 2018 is AirGun day

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    I couldn't tell you that, all I can tell you what I know which may be right or wrong from stuff I have heard/read on the net etc.

    The rifles were released to dealers with a recommended price, from what I gather, a lot of people considered this price to be rather high for what was essentially an Airsporter 'S' with an elongated stock as per stutzen but whereas the stutty was beech, the Centenary was walnut. The rifle came with 'extras', none of which were considered 'exceptional'.
    I gather that some were initially snapped up by collectors whereas others languished in dealers for some time until heavily discounted, I heard of a couple of people who picked up some 'bargain' buys eventually.
    Approximately a quarter of the production run were .177, the rest were .22. I have the exact number somewhere but it's on my other computer.
    The chap I bought mine off had a few, one of which was a .177 which he had intended to keep until I believe 'a chap from Scotland' managed to persuade him to part with it for as best as I remember 1,300.

    Personally, I prefer .22 cal (as mine is) but there are some who will pay a premium for a .177 and they are 'rarer' as fewer were made.

    What they go for these days depends upon condition and what someone is prepared to pay - obviously!

    Personally, I wasn't bothered about not getting all the extras with mine, but I did get the bag and the certificate, the rest I have replaced with possibly superior items or close replicas of the originals.
    I believe I have another Airsporter that was made in smaller numbers than the Centenary, but I may be wrong!

    You pays your money and you makes your choice - good luck!

    (P.S - if anyone knows better than this, I would also like to know! )

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    from memory, 250 (ish) new (recommended price) but available for less than 200 in their day as they didn't appear to be big sellers from new.

    Hiller's book generally confirms this point of view by offering a new price of 235. From my point of view, a pretty gun but not much else, and as generally stated above with little improvement to known Airsporter problems (with "extra's thown in to improve desirability" of the combination).

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    l remember one of them coming up at Weller&Duftys auction not long after they came out. it was complete, it sold for 90 hammer price. with hind sight l should have bought it.

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    They were 235 RRP when new , I bought mine in January 1983, still have it boxed .

    I wrote to Ken White of BSA some years later to ascertain the number of .177 and .22 produced but after 2 house moves have mislaid his reply

    The .177 numbers were around 230 from memory with the balance .22.

    HTH

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    200 in 1982 would purchase you something valued 670 or so today according to one of the calculators I used (which factors in inflation etc, etc), that appears to be quite low when you consider what people pay for equivalent rifles today, so a bargain maybe?
    I didn't buy one at the time because I wasn't aware of them as I wasn't in air rifles at the time, having left them for a number of years as other things took up my time and interests. (although still had my Airsporters I bought when I was a lad)
    As soon as I saw one, I wanted one but I accept they are not as good as an early Mk1 Airsporter (Imo) nor a number of other quality rifles by different manufacturers.

    I know that a lot were sold/bought as investments and a lot of 'minters' turn up from time to time with all their accessories still sealed in bags etc. The price asked for these can be quite staggering for an air rifle (when you consider what you can pick up a rim firer for) but frankly, I am staggered for what some people will pay for say PCP rifles, kit and caboodle.

    I guess it's all down to personal choice etc.

    I don't think a Centenary will shoot any better than a standard 'S' model on which they are based - but if like me, you like their look and level of quality (BSA) then alls good!

    Its one of those rifles that always going to be desireable to others if the price is right!
    I bought mine despite the price - I doubt I will lose money on it as I have no intention of selling it, so investment doesn't really factor, pride of ownership - definately - but no more so than most of my (small) Airsporter collection, most of which I have had for many years!

    Each to their own and all that!

    ASM
    I am a Man of La Northumberlandia, a true Knight and spend my days on my Quest (my duty nay privilege!) and fighting dragons and unbeatable foe, to right the unrightable wrongs, to bear with unbearable sorrow and dreaming my impossible dreams.

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