Unknown / Unmarked airguns
Unknown prototype (?) pop-out pistol
With thanks to John Griffiths, author of The Encyclopedia of Spring Air Pistols for these pics.
John says: "It is a push-barrel, very heavy and solidly made, and almost certainly an amateur build or a professionally made prototype. The quality of the workmanship tends to suggest the latter, but there are no markings whatsoever. It is surprisingly powerful with a longer piston throw than usually found."
Later he added: "Although it follows the typical Gat design, the maker introduced some original features of his own, such as the unusual loading pin arrangement and the trigger/sear system. The gun also has an unusually long piston stroke for this type of pistol, so the intention was probably to produce something with a bit more oomph than the average push-barrel.
"The gun has no markings, so no clue as to who could have made it, but as all the screws are BA it was almost certainly made in this country. From the patina on the frame, corrosion on the brass plates when received, and the general appearance of the internals when I took it apart I would say that it was made more than 50 years ago, perhaps immediate pre-war or post war.
"I know it’s fanciful speculation, but I can’t help feeling there is a connection between this and the first Harrington Gats from before the war. I have had a close look at one of these Harringtons, which have some key differences to their later post-war versions. The Harrington uses two fixing screws and these also have BA threads. You can see a loose similarity between the trigger mechanisms of the two pistols (the Harrington is on the right).
"Maybe this pistol was Harrington’s first prototype when he started to explore the possibility of making his own push-barrel pistol? Wishful thinking I know, but who knows? It was definitely made to be easily taken apart. It seems that a few Bussey prototype pistols and at least one Lincoln Jeffries prototype pistol have found their way onto the collecting scene and were never scrapped. Why not a Harrington prototype? If anybody knowns anything about this pistol I would be very grateful to hear from them."
Unmarked Airguns - German lever action gallery air rifle.
This 'hebelspanner' gun with double set triggers turned up on eGun in March 2015. Possibly made by Oskar Will. The seller described it as a 7mm smoothbore. It appears to be powered by volute springs like the ubiquitous bugelspanner. It sold for 878 Euros (about £635).
Unmarked Airguns - direct pull cocking gallery Air rifle (mit stecher).
Mit stecher (double or 'hair' trigger).
With thanks to Sean Campbell, imaging manager of the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West in Cody, Wyoming, for permission to post these pics of a gun held in the Cody Firearms Museum. The blurb accompanying this gun follows.
Accession Number: 1993.8.9
Date : 1890
Dimensions: L: 39 in, Barrel length: 18.5 in, H: 8 in
Synopsis: firearm- rifle- airgun- wood- steel- .22
Unmarked Airguns - Polish (?) rear-cocking spring pistol.
With thanks to Robert and 'Veco' for these pics, first posted at the FKW forum:
It seems to be a break-barrel pistol in which the cocking link runs under the cylinder and bears directly on the rear of the piston rod (the last part somewhat like the direct pull cocking method on the Eisenwerk Gaggenau TB pistol).
Unmarked Airguns - Paff Type Air Rifle.
See also Paff:
And O Will:
With thanks to Keith and Tim for these pics.
Unmarked Airguns - German Hebelspanner (David Swan collection).
With thanks to Rod Meek of Anderson & Garland Auctioneers www.andersonandgarland.com) for permission to post these pics of a gun auctioned on 16th September 2016.
"A German Hebelspanner Gallery gun, the octagonal 21 1/2in. break barrel with underside catch, the cylinder with rising side lever action, scrolling trigger guard and walnut stock fitted a cheek piece and steel butt cap, circa 1880, 44in. long overall."
Hammer Price: £350.00
Unknown Japanese (?) underlever
With thanks to Tim.
He says: "It looks to be a pre war either Chinese or Japanese under lever repeating lead ball firer.
It would have had a spring loaded magazine which fitted onto the top of the cylinder and when the rifle was cocked a lead ball was pushed into a receiver which lowered to line up with the breech. The magazine is no longer with the rifle. It does however still cock and fire.
It has serial number 160 and has a makers stamp 'IS' or 'SI' on the top of the rifle.
There is Japanese or Chinese text within a half moon shape on the under lever.
The barrel is made if brass set within the steel outer 'shroud'
Front sight is a Pre War BSA type/style."