Crosman Series 10x
Crosman 101 1949 model
This example spotted by D T Fletcher on Ebay in the US. He says: "The 1949 model of the 101 is one of the few, if not the only, model of the 101 that can be precisely dated. Crosman made a series of changes: the new rear sight (same as the model 107/108) and the crinkled paint are both 1949 only. It's been suggested that the crinkle paint was for the guns sold to Sears but I don't think there is any positive proof of that.
Another feature that is distinctive to 1949 is the diabolo bolt handle cocking knob. Sometimes they're there, sometime they're not. My guess is that with the CG guns being discontinued that Crosman used up those special cocking knobs on standard 101 guns. But, again, there is no known paperwork detailing any of that.
This is a nice example. The metal parts with the rear sights are in great shape. The flakey paint seems to come with the crinkle paint. Certainly not a gun to refinish. But might be a great shooter. Every 1949 gun that I've come across have been particularly nice guns."
Custom Crosman 101
With thanks to Steven.
He said on the AVA: "Thought I'd share some photos of this interesting custom 101. Someone really liked this rifle and took some time making the custom rear sight mount. More rings have been added to the cocking knob. Actually does help with grip. The peep sight functions well. It adjusts for both windage and elevation. The slot for the bolt and handle are nicely machined. Aperture is located in a perfect location when brought up to fire. The flat rails along each side of the barrel look to be brass and soldered onto the pump tube to hold in place. They even notched for easy installation of the front sight pin spring retainer. It looks like the rifle was painted Army Green before it was black. You can see the green in the worn areas of the forearm."
D T Fletcher replied: "Seen a lot of 101 craziness over the years but this one takes a prize. Wow! The railing support for the barrel is unique. But, this makes so much sense in making the 101 a truly durable gun. With those soldered on railings, you could use the gun as a club and not have a problem. The front and middle barrel castings are two of the weakest points. With that railing, the barrel is entirely reinforced, taking the fragile castings out of the equation. Brilliant, I think."