Transitional BSA Improved Mod D Air Rifle

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Transitional BSA Improved Mod D Air Rifle

Post by Certus » Thu May 30, 2013 12:57 pm


Here we have an interesting BSA Improved Mod / L Pattern “Transitional” air rifle I picked up some time ago. The rifle is mostly late Improved Mod D and is marked as such but has the lock work from the post WW1 L Pattern. The L Pattern which appeared in 1919 had a far less elegant push button cocking lever release and dispensed with the trigger adjustment screw which would normally go through the front of trigger guard. BSA would have been keen to use up any components left over from the earlier model resulting in a number of hybrid transitional rifles which can sometimes confuse collectors. This example has Ser No 296 so would have been made during the first few months of BSA recommencing production in 1919. Later L Patterns reintroduced a trigger adjustment screw accessed through an additional hole in the side of the trigger block.




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Re: Transitional BSA Improved Mod D Air Rifle

Post by pmh » Thu May 30, 2013 2:38 pm

Very interesting.

I've always wondered at what stage the fore end of the stock started to appear on air Rifles, and how this "improvement" was described in adverts, etc.

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