Diana Model-75K - RWS Branding.
Diana's running boar model. With thanks to Mike H for these pics.
The expert on 10m competitions, Jim Edmondson, has said this about the 75K:
<b>"The Diana 75K, along with the FWB300S-RT, Anschutz LG-380K, and even rarer Walther's LGR-RT, were made specifically for competing in 10 meter Running Boar (now called the politically correct "Running Target") event. Some FWB 300S-Rt's and all Walther's LHR-RT's have thumbhole stocks ... the Diana 75K's were sans thumbhole. The initial Running Boar target featured an image of a healthy pig but has changed to the traditional bullseye target today...
10 m Running Target is one of the ISSF shooting events, shot with an airgun at a target that moves sideways. There are two forms of the event: the regular form where a number of slow runs are fired first, followed by the same number of fast runs, and the mixed form where an equal number of the two types of runs are fired, but in an order unknown to the shooter. The target travels a distance of two meters, and is visible for 5 seconds (slow runs) or 2.5 seconds (fast runs). Rifles are held at the waist until the target moves then raised to the shoulder - thus the wooden buttplate to avoid sticking. The men's regular event replaced 50 m Running Target on the Olympic program starting from 1992, but after the 2004 Summer Olympics it was again taken off the program, leaving the Running Target shooters with no Olympic events at all. World Championships still occur in Europe.
Running Boar/Target rifles are made to shoot with scopes - restricted to fixed 4X. The reticles are double vertical posts for gauging target movement. A new RT scope from Germany run about $2000. The triggers were normally single stage, 500 g. snap versions, but the new rifles have more conventional single stage trigger adjustable down to 100 g. or so. All Running Target rifles I have seen come with the adjustable cheekpeice and stippleing at the end of the forestock, to allow for where the unconventional "long-arm" hold. Long posts on the cheekpeice are necessary for the "heads-up" position required in RT/RB shooting. Heavy muzzle weight sets were provided to promote smooth follow through while competing.
Unlike FWB, Anschutz, and Walther's. The Diana 75 recoilless springer models (75, 75 T01, 75 HV, 75 U) are always oil-finished walnut (the others have a lacquer top coat and may not be walnut)."</b>
Diana model 75 (prototype running boar?)
With thanks to Peter for these pics. He says:
"I came across an interesting Diana 75 the other day...it appears to be a prototype of the 75 running boar model. The stock is beautifully made from around 10 pieces of timber, very precisely machined and glued together. The stock retains two of the six of the machined slots found on the regular 75, but from there forward, its running boar, however the fore end differs from the production models, and you can clearly see where someone had second thoughts about the stippling....and removed a patch of it from below the loading port.. There is a small label with some notes on it, and whilst it came with an unused diopter rearsight, there are no grooves machined in the barrel to accept a foresight."
New pics of Diana model 75 (prototype running boar?)
With thanks to Peter for these beautiful pics, of a rifle which looks very like it has a factory prototype of the first RT/Universal-type stocks.