Diana Model-27 - "MGR"-marked
With thanks to Mark for these pics.
The rifle is in .177 cal and is 109cm long. Note the adjustable rear sight, based
on the BSA Improved Model D design. These have been seen on post-WW2 Diana mods.
This rifle could actually be a mod 37 according to the illustrations on this list
Diana Model-27E with pistol grip stock.
Here is an export model 27. It has no markings whatsoever, so perhaps was destined to be 'rebadged'in an export market?
Note the unusual BSA-style trigger guard, which is similar to one fitted to the export model 27 pictured earlier in this section.
Sadly it has been fired during cocking and has a slightly upward pointing barrel.
Diana Model-27 - "MGR" marked pre-WW1
Many thanks to Tomas for these pics. This lovely rifle (yes, it is rifled, not smoothbore) is 109.5cm long and weighs 2.7kg. Most of its original blued finish remains and it has the Lincoln-Jeffries-style adjustable block rear sight.
Video on changing piston seal in prewar Diana mod 27
With thanks to Richard B.
Video by the author of Newtown Naughty Boy.