Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Prewar BSA rifles I believe are a collecting disease

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Wooster
    Posts
    3,192

    Prewar BSA rifles I believe are a collecting disease

    No cure found at least in the US. Maybe the affliction is more deadly when they just arenít as common over here.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    City of London
    Posts
    9,350
    Quote Originally Posted by 45flint View Post
    No cure found at least in the US. Maybe the affliction is more deadly when they just arenít as common over here.
    Well I'm the last person to disagree that they're addictive, Steve. I've probably owned 25 over the years and still have around 10!

    The bizarre thing is 15 years ago I thought they were too ugly to collect, like all buttstock air rifles! Then I fired one and was instantly hooked.

    So I'm not sure the affliction has anything to do with shortage of supply. It just means it's harder for you to find them. The consolation is that US examples tend to be in excellent condition.
    Vintage Airguns Gallery
    ..Above link posted with permission from Gareth W-B
    In British slang an anorak is a person who has a very strong interest in niche subjects.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Basingstoke, U.K.
    Posts
    6,320
    And you've only just realised this Steve?

    I think the rest of us worked out your affliction a while ago!

    Funnily enough I used to think the same as Danny; that the BSAs were ugly but Josie would argue they reminded her of antique muskets, so they grew on me until they became a passion. It probably didn't help that the examples I saw and handled some 30 or more years ago were all in pretty poor condition.

    I have found a few better ones since then.

    Enjoy them Steve.

    John
    Currently looking for Baikal Makarov pistols with the following prefixes to the serial number: 98, T01, T09, T21, T22
    Prefer boxed or cased but will consider loose examples too.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Mirfield
    Posts
    117
    I agree with Josie M. The clean, simple lines of the early BSAs have always reminded me of the gun in Gainsborough's painting of Mr & Mrs Andrews, though not enough to put a tricorn hat on when I'm shooting one of my small (but growing) collection.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Wooster
    Posts
    3,192
    Quote Originally Posted by Mzee View Post
    I agree with Josie M. The clean, simple lines of the early BSAs have always reminded me of the gun in Gainsborough's painting of Mr & Mrs Andrews, though not enough to put a tricorn hat on when I'm shooting one of my small (but growing) collection.
    I think the rifle does connect to my early love of Kentucky rifles over here. Similar lines and sense holding a piece of history.


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    City of London
    Posts
    9,350
    The Gainsbrough:

    Vintage Airguns Gallery
    ..Above link posted with permission from Gareth W-B
    In British slang an anorak is a person who has a very strong interest in niche subjects.

  7. #7
    micky2 is offline The collector formerly known as micky
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    boston
    Posts
    1,896
    Quote Originally Posted by 45flint View Post
    No cure found at least in the US. Maybe the affliction is more deadly when they just arenít as common over here.
    Yes there is no cure for it. and l wouldn't take it if there was.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Doncaster
    Posts
    4,641
    For me theyíre like Gardner engines or Velocettes - the quality just shines through the years. Iíll freely admit to a weakness for Webley Mk IIs but they were all built up to a quality, not down to a price.

    ATB, Mick
    When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns .

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •