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Collecting Airguns

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#1 notlob

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:53 PM

Hi There

I got my first rifle only last year.

But we all know what its like; got to try /buy this one, and another. Then you want to try a pistol......... anyone recognise themselves yet? I wa salso given a BSA Meteor MKV and a Diana 24 by friends no longer interested.

This year I have managed to aquire a Harrington Gat Gun which is what I started off with many years ago, before moving onto a Milbro repeater (still looking) and then a Webley

For this Christmas I received books. Thats not as bad as it sounds, as these were The 9th edition of the Blue Book for Airguns, Gas , Air, and Spring Guns of the World, Air Rifles , and Air Pistols

So a couple of questions;

Are there any other books either in or out of print that I should be reading / using as a reference?

If you werestarting an air gun collection, what are the top 5 air rifles and top 5 pistols you suggest I should start with?

Thanks and a Very Happy New Year



#2 dogsbody

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 07:21 PM

Hi David,
Most useful book in my library for the collector is "The Collectors Guide to Air Rifles" by Dennis Hiller 4th edition see http://www.amazon.co...p;condition=new
There are quite a few books out there but Hiller is a good start

#3 tigger

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:09 PM

I don't know where to start!

First off I'm not much of a fan of air pistols unless they are the specialist match type weapons, but as for rifles it depends on how deep your pockets are, for me the gun has to be usable and nice to shoot, that rules out a lot of very nicely made but poorly designed guns, some classics ARE a joy to shoot, the Diana model 27, HW30 and the early BSA Meteor come to mind here, going up in price the BSA Airsporter pre 1970's, the HW35 and most of it's contemporary German made guns are all nice, in fact the more I type the more keep coming to mind!

Build up your knowledge and you'll probably start to gravitate towards what you like before you are even aware of it!

Edited by tigger, 05 January 2012 - 07:10 PM.

#4 notlob

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:09 PM

Thanks tigger, thats a good list to start with. I'm looking forward to the Newark gun show to look at some guns

#5 Garvin

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:15 PM

David you're lucky in a way that you're looking to start a collection from scratch because it gives you a chance to stick to one type of airgun almost from the off. I think you should work out roughly how much you are willing to spend, each month or year, and take into account the likelihood that you'll be buying more guns in the long run than you think you will now!

If I were rich, I might collect 18th and 19th century air-powered guns, such as ball reservoir rifles, or maybe rare English air rifles from the first two decades of the 20th century - Greeners, Britannias, uncommon BSAs, etc.

If I were poor or not willing to invest too much, I might collect vintage children's and youths' airguns, the range of smaller pre-WW2 Dianas and Haenels, because they are plentiful and sell for low prices, yet are nicely made and quite charming in their own way.

If you think of yourself as a middle income type person, perhaps you could focus on Webley air pistols of the 1950s and '60s. These are beautiful guns, fun to own and shoot, and relatively cheap if you buy them in well used condition and unboxed. Boxed examples in excellent condition command high prices, but there are quite a few around so everyone who really wants to can build a collection.

Good luck with whatever you choose. :-)

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