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    Bell Target

    In its heyday what would have been the gun choices ? Was BSA the more popular gun of choice or maybe Gem, Britannia or German imports?
    Anybody have copies of records of guns used?
    Fascinating history but not a lot of information about..
    John

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    Bell target has always fascinated me, I enjoy the challenge and the thought of the history behind it all
    it was and I suppose to some lesser degree it still is quite big in England but for some reason it's almost non existent in Scotland...
    Was it only an English pastime?

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    While researching my Britannia video, which also covers some of the history of early bell target, I found a record that said in the National Air rifle championships of 1908, out of 940 competitors 936 used a Lincoln Jeffries BSA underlver.
    https://youtu.be/hVYnb4fDzU4
    I think BSA had the market pretty much tied up.

    Still prefer my Britannia though.

    Matt

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    Not a lot of information out there that I can find. www.belltarget.com is a useful site that has a pdf file of a very interesting book "ring my bell" by Frank Spittle (apparently no longer available).
    Couldn`t find any mention of bell target in the north of England or Scotland, seems to be mostly around Birmingham/midlands area .

    Matt`s video on you tube is an excellent piece of work and well worth a watch if you haven`t seen it already. Can`t be that many Britannias kicking about now and probably more expensive now


    Seems to be a bit of a resurgence going on at the moment with a few new clubs starting up, good to see ,especially if the old vintage rifles get an "airing".

    John

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    http://www.belltarget.com/resources/...rget_Story.pdf


    Bell target was well established before BSA began production of the Lincoln Jeffries type. I have seen a couple of photos from around 1900 where the participants appear to be using a mixture of Militias and Gems but I can't locate the photos now. Last week, someone on the other forum sold a militia that was marked up as a Lincoln Jeffries so I presume he sold them for target use before his own design came into fruition.
    Last edited by WebleyWombler; 27-02-2021 at 12:01 PM.

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    @WebleyWombler would love to see any old photos if you ever find them.
    Looks like I need more time on the vintage airgun gallery, excellent site with an awful lot of information.
    John

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