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This Christmas I treated myself...

Postby gab » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:39 pm

I bought a Walther LGV .177 with Tyrolean walnut stock and a BSA pre-war under-lever in .22 . I have wanted examples of each of these rifles for a few years. When a collector in Ontario, Canada, decided to sell-off his collection I decided it was time to act. Fortunately, my wife was in agreement and also suggested I purchase a Webley Nemesis that I had my eye on from another vendor. I best keep this wife.

The BSA is unusual in that it has a forward swept trigger guard with some engraving. The vendor suggested it might be a quasi-experimental model. No where on it is it actually stamped BSA, except on the front sight hood. I will post on Garvin's BSA web site in hopes someone may be able to provide more information.
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Re: This Christmas I treated myself...

Postby pmh » Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:53 pm

Very nice. It seems we only get what we want when we treat ourselves. :lol:

It's hard to trace nuances with guns, as many owners did tweak and make their own parts. A skill that is becoming rarer.

It may be that the trigger on your BSA is a prototype, or one that had been made/adapted by a former owner.

Either way, it is an integral part of the gun and it's history, and will no doubt spark debate well into the future.

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Re: This Christmas I treated myself...

Postby Certus » Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:23 am

Hi Gab,

Congratulations on all three of your latest acquisitions.

BSA did produce the Standard No 2 Air Rifle .22 1919 - 1936 with an 'S' pre-fix to the Ser No as in your example, but the trigger guard on your rifle is not correct for that model and may have been replaced at a later date. I recall seeing a similar guard on a Diana air rifle made between the wars. The BSA markings on the Standard would have been etched, so it's probably not surprising they are no longer visible.

The BSA fore sight protector is the type often seen on between the wars BSA air rifles and was offered as an after market extra. As a matter of interest, these fore sight protectors are keenly sought by collectors in their own right, often fetching £30-£40 with the Pre WW1 Lincoln Jeffries era examples easily making three figure prices.

As you rightly say, the best place to seek more information on the rifle is probably on Danny Garvin's BSA specific site.

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