Diana's 125-year commemorative air rifle.
A one-off put up for auction by Dianawerke itself. A model 340 gas-ram break barrel, engraved (by a female engraver!) with solid gold medallion inlay and in a hand-finished Caucasus (Circassian) walnut stock.
It made a hammer price of 9,000 euros. The auction proceeds to go a Tanzanian anti-poaching charity.
Currently for auction on eGun.
The auction blurb is as follows:
The One & Only
THE MOST PRECIOUS DIANA AIR RIFLE EVER MADE.
BUY AT THIS AUCTION FOR A GOOD CAUSE!
The “One and Only” is a unique piece; crafted purely by hand to mark the occasion of the 125th company anniversary of DIANA. It is the most exclusive air rifle manufactured by DIANA to date. Absolutely unique!
This special air rifle is based on the new DIANA model 340 N-TEC and powered by German Nitrogen Piston Technology.
Master engraver, Josefine Gröbel, has succeeded in finding the perfect mix of classic and modern engraving. Using her artistic finesse, she has combined a proven oak leaf motif with modern arabesques and English swirls. In addidion, the composition has the central motif of Diana – the goddess of hunting – which is worked onto an inset plate of solid gold.
The unique work is unmistakable not least through the fine engraving of the sights and also on the DIANA anniversary marking which is also done in gold.
A further special feature is that the shaft is made from exclusive and high-quality veined wood from a walnut tree which was over 300 years old from the mountainous regions of the Caucasus. The sophisticated working and multiple hand polishing steps give the shaft its unique style. This particularly durable wood will enchant you particularly with its very fine and beautiful grain.
N-TEC NITROGEN-PISTON TECHNOLOGY
Our new N-TEC-piston is the result of a two-year development cooperation with a high-tech
German gas spring manufacturer.
With the new N-TEC-Piston you get the ability to take more shots with consistent power and better accuracy enjoying smoother and lighter cocking effort. It’s smooth to use and powerful operating – just a “Smooth Operator”.
Breakbarrel air rifle
Weight ca. 3,6 kg 7,9 lbs.
Length 116 cm 46“
Barrel length 49,5 cm 19,5“
Calibre 4,5 mm .177
Velocity 330 m/s* 1090 fps*
*Velocity can be controlled to meet the regulations of certain countries
THE GOOD CAUSE
The revenue of the auction will be used to support the gamekeepers of the „Selous Wildlife Sanctuary“ who fight against poaching.
They fight especially against the elephant and rhinoceros poachers, of whom the Selous in Tanzania is particularly affected. An emergency program, which is coordinated by the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), has contributed that the elephant population could be stabilized again in the past year.
And the final auction price: