Abas Major serial no. 1354 - wood grips
With thanks to a collector friend for these pics. The wood grips are replacements. Originally the grips would have been the final pattern of chequered Bakelite.
Unsure of the serial number on this pistol at the time, John Griffiths, author of The Encyclopedia of Spring Air Pistols says:
"If the number is lower than 1295 then the original grips would have been smooth Bakelite. These were notorious for being slippery if any oil got onto them and it was not uncommon for a pistol being accidentally dropped, usually with disastrous results – either the fragile tap lever would snap off, or the grips would crack.
Judging from its otherwise excellent condition, the gun has been well looked after, so I suspect that the replacement grips were the results of some such accident."
Abas Major serial no. 261
This pistol looks like it has later replacement grips. It was sold recently on Gunstar.
The sales blurb was as follows:
"Vintage ABAS Major air pistol no 1 The serial number 261 is at the back of the main frame between the grips, and on the lower cocking lever near the trigger area. On the right hand side of the cocking lever , it says Reg design 845425 AA Brown & Sons B’ham. On the left side it says, ABAS prov pat. On the front of the cylinder / barrel it says .177. The front and rear sights are intact. The chequered grips are in good condition with no cracks, the steel work has light rust as well as blueing. I have fired a few pellets to try it. This took a bit of loading because the loading tap has been broken off. (the thumb part) There is one small screw missing as shown on the photograph. This part does not look difficult to make, as long as you had a drawing or one to copy from."
Abas Major - early model strip
With thanks to Steve for these pics.
Note that these pics feature an older Abas and a newer one (also pictured elsewhere in this gallery). The pic of trigger sears has them from both pistols. The early one was in two parts (see parts 28 and 31 on the diagram).
Steve says: "The older gun is an ongoing restoration as it was bought rusty and not working with some parts missing. Crinkle coated but almost all had worn away and parts were rusty so I have had it re blued. The trigger seer spring is one of the missing parts (one sear has a leaf spring and one a compression spring)."