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William Dooley tap loader - David Swan Collection

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William Dooley tap loader - David Swan Collection.


With thanks to Rod Meek of Anderson & Garland Auctioneers ( for permission to post these pics of a gun auctioned in 2015.

Auction blurb: "A butt reservoir single shot tap loading air rifle, by William Dooley, 11 Ranelagh Street, Liverpool, with 29 1/2in. .425 cal. octagonal barrel, with maker's name inscribed near the breech, the action with fine scroll engraving, cocking hammer and bypass lever, the stock covered in shagreen, 48in. long overall; complete with steel and brass mounted pump, double sided handle with turned lignum vitae grips, brass five gang bullet mould stamped 'WD', with later ring spanner and chrome oil bottle, in brass bound mahogany case with re-fitted baize-lined interior and reproduction 'Dooley' trade label."

Hammer price: £2,800