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    Vintage Airguns with famous owners in collections

    Can only think of two examples. Clark Gables Sheridan SuperGrade and Prince Charles air rifle in the NRA firearms museum in the US. Seems to be a lot of firearms notable by their owners but not too many Airguns? Any other examples? I suppose you could say Lewis and Clark’s Girardoni is one of the most famous but not sure it’s really ever been found?





    Follow link to more pics of Prince Charles rifle:
    http://www.nramuseum.org/guns/the-ga...air-rifle.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by 45flint View Post

    Follow link to more pics of Prince Charles rifle:
    http://www.nramuseum.org/guns/the-ga...air-rifle.aspx
    Steve just because Don Robinson made this monstrosity for Prince Charles, so he claims, doesn't mean Charlie has ever seen it, still less owned it...
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    W A Mozart owned an air rifle, apparently, but we don't know exactly what it looked like.

    More here:

    https://forum.vintageairgunsgallery....the-airgunner/
    Vintage Airguns Gallery
    ..Above link posted with permission from Gareth W-B
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garvin View Post
    W A Mozart owned an air rifle, apparently, but we don't know exactly what it looked like.

    More here:

    https://forum.vintageairgunsgallery....the-airgunner/
    That is a fascinating read, thanks Danny.

    Matt

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    Well there is “that” Walther LP 53. https://www.christies.com/LotFinder/...8-4f9ffc12f86f

    (Disappointing that they did not list it as lot 007)
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    Jack Osbourne with his skan? Kinda vintage nowadays.
    Airforce airguns with Ton Jones? Same 'vintage' as the skan.

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    Well...depending upon how far you are willing to stretch the definition of "famous"...!

    For several years I owned the Anschutz 335 that had belonged to Jess Galan. Jess wrote the airgun column in the annual "Gun Digest" book series throughout the 80's and 90's, and many other magazine articles. He helped create a lot enthusiasm for the sport in the US in those days.

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    Wasn’t Lou “Incredible Hulk” Ferringo a big airgun enthusiast in the 70s/80s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer View Post
    Wasn’t Lou “Incredible Hulk” Ferringo a big airgun enthusiast in the 70s/80s?
    Sure is



    https://www.facebook.com/LouFerrigno...2946361213701/


    According to this thread he owned a pro sport serial number one that Terry Doe told him to buy in a visit the AA.

    https://airgunwarriors.com/community...one-of-a-kind/





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    That Air Arm is a beautiful rifle!

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    I believe there is a Mk1 Webley air pistol on display at Little Dean jail crime museum (also Quadrophenia display etc) that once belonged to the Krays.

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    John Bowkett told me he carried out one of his low recoil conversions on a FWB 127 that was used to shoot rats on the set of Brookside the TV series. Several cast members were customers of his. He also had many famous customers in the entertainment business some of whom its best not to mention nowadays

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    What about I.J. surely he is famous enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjbingham View Post
    I believe there is a Mk1 Webley air pistol on display at Little Dean jail crime museum (also Quadrophenia display etc) that once belonged to the Krays.
    There is indeed. I have a photo somewhere. That's a cracking little museum BTW; it even has one of Saddam Hussein's gold plated toilet seats IIRC

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    Remember Richard Madeley?? being asked for his, all time, favourite Christmas present. Without hesitation he said "Webley Junior rifle"
    I know. I know!

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