Hakim military trainer
This was an underlever taploading .22 cal military trainer, made in Germany by Anschütz in around 1954 and sent to the Egyptian army.
They were training aids for the Swedish-designed Ljungmann automatic rifle, which was manufactured under license in Egypt (source: Mike Driskill). Many examples were reimported to Europe and at least one large batch brought to the US in the 1980s(?), where they were sold cheaply.
It was common to find they had sand in the cylinders and the walnut stocks were often in a dented, battered condition, consistent with having been maltreated by military cadets.
Many Hakims have since been restored and they now command high prices. It was a long, heavy air rifle, of good quality, although some manufacturing quality issues have been identified. But they seem to have been very hard wearing considering the use they were put to. Some examples seem to have escaped the usual wear and tear altogether.
They had lead weights in the butt and fore end of the stock, which explains the overall weight. With thanks to Yegor for these pics.
This example has had stock damage, since repaired.
Thanks to Steve for these pics:
LG54 (sporter version of Hakim)
This is the very rare civilian version of the Hakim, of which only a small number were made around 1954. It had a strong resemblance to the Falke models 80 and 90, which were launched in early 1952, so may have been a copy. Some parts of the Anschutz, such as the cocking linkage, was of markedly inferior construction compared to the Falkes. The rearsight, although substantial, was also quite crude by comparison, using pressings where the Falke parts were machined from solid steel.
This was the first of the post-WW2 German recoilless (or recoil supressed) match rifles, and incorporated an ingenious small bore rear-facing piston in addition to the main forward-facing piston, which helped to cancel out recoil. It also had a sliding breech which opened behind the barrel, with an elaborate grooved ramp to assist with inserting a pellet directly into the breech. The sliding breech is now commonplace on fixed-barrel sporting air rifles.
Anschütz LG250 (early)
This was another revolutionary match rifle. The reverse piston of the LG220 was replaced with a hydraulic damper unit, which absorbed recoil by forcing a piston with an undersized diameter through a bore part-filled with hydraulic fluid. It worked very well and the rifle was highly regarded by match shooters in the 1970s. The problems emerged later, when the hydraulic unit's plastic seals started to disintegrate, allowing the fluid to escape and reducing, and then removing altogether, its capacity to limit felt recoil.
At the end of these pics is a pictorial I took of an overhaul of one of these hydraulic units, with the intention of delivering a guide to its repair. I posted a thread on the American Airguns forum HERE.
This was the last of the recoilless springer match rifles, dating from the early 1980s - a sidelever based on
Feinwerkbau's sliding 'sledge' mechanism to isolate recoil from the stock (and therefore from the shooter).
The LG380 went one step further and concealed the whole sliding part of the cylinder inside a shroud,
so the only things that move are invisible to the shooter altogether.
If you look at the muzzle on firing, you can see it retreat a short distance into the shroud, and
upon re-cocking, the muzzle locks forward a few millimetres into place.
Anschütz 335 First model, 333, 330
With thanks to Frank
These are all members of the 300 series made by Anschutz
The differences are in the stock,sights and barrels. All 3 guns have the same action and adjustable triggers,I have fitted them all with the same (powerfull) spring that belongs in the 335 "Weitschuss" rifle. By doing that,the 330 has become an amazing little rifle !!
Anschütz JGA 1950s(?) break barrel
With thanks to POTOP and Robert for permission to post these pics. It bears several obvious similarities to a rifle made by prominent firearm manufacturer Krieghoff (see KRIEGHOFF).
Frank (Frakor) gives this opinion: "I think Krieghoff made them under their own name and produced for Anschutz in those early years after the war. Numbers made must have been very low, because Krieghoff was allowed to make firearms again, very soon after the restart."
Anschütz Superair 2001
Single stroke pneumatic (SSP). Spotted on eGun. With thanks to Eberhard for the heads up.
Anschütz LG250 video showing recoilless action
With thanks to Matt for this video.
Check out his Youtube channel here:
Anschütz LG250 oil-filled damper reseal
The damper unit with homemade tool for opening
Damper unit opened
The old lid seal
The lid 'O' ring
New off-the-shelf hydraulic seals pic 1, pic 2, pic 3
Damper with new seals fitted
Refilling damper with automatic transmission oil
Damper resealed and refilled
Damper with lever cap reattached
Old and new bumpers
Anschütz LG220 rear-facing recoil suppression piston
With thanks to Arnold for posting these pics on the American Vintage Airguns forum in 2008. He said at the time: "I have a couple of photos of the REAR piston on the Anschutz 220.
Here is a series with the rear piston and the guide springs in place, then one removed and finally with the mainspring partially installed.
The detailed machining and synthetic piston bearing is nice. There is a spring loaded button that keeps the rear piston from leaving the cocking slot and then the metal tab that protrudes through the piston and catches the piston rod from the front piston."
Anschütz LG250 rebuild video
This excellent video copied from the Youtube feed of 'macimaging' of the North Wales Muzzle loaders Association, who posted it in 2014.
He runs Custom Gun Parts, which advertises LG250 service kits: