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BSA Juvenile vs Improved Mod D Sporting pattern 

These pics illustrate perfectly the delicate proportions of the Juvenile relative to the .22 cal Sporting pattern which was available at the same time.

The Sporting pattern was introduced in late 1909 and extended the ordinary Standard pattern's cylinder of 43 1/4" to 45 1/4". A larger spring (borrowed from the Military pattern), coupled with the greater swept volume provided extra power, which was double the muzzle energy of the Standard pattern in .177 cal.

Meanwhile, the second pattern of Junior rifle (colloquially known as the Juvenile) was made in .177 cal only and was a miniature version of the Sporting pattern rifle. It had a smaller diameter cylinder bore and a low power mainspring made of thinner wire than usual, to make it easy for children to cock.


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Various vintage BSA group shots 

With thanks to Eddie for permission to use these pics. A superb collection.

The guns pictured above are:
Imp Mod D.......45 inch model (1908)
Standard number 2 (1925)
H the Lincoln (1906)
Imp Mod D....39 inch model (1912)
Break Action...............(1936)
Light / Ladies model.......(1922)

The guns above are, left to right:
45 inch improved model D
Standard CS
Standard No2
"H" the lincoln
39 inch improved model D
Light or ladies model
Break action model


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Three rare vintage BSAs 

With thanks to our friends at the merry band of bell ringers known as the <a href="http://www.melbournemarksmen.co.uk/index.html">Melbourne Marksmen</a> for these group pics of a BSA Military Pattern, an Improved Mod D no.3 bore, and a gunlaying teacher.

 

 


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Collection of pre- and post-WW2 BSA air rifles 

With thanks to Steve for permission to post this pic of his former collection:

 

 


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Compilation of cylinder inscriptions 

I thought I would draw together themes from pics already in the gallery. Here is a list of cylinder inscriptions, grouped by pre- and post- WW1.

 

Pre WW1

 

'H' the Lincoln 1st batch:

 

 

'H' the Lincoln 6th batch:

 

 

'H' the Lincon late production:

 

 

Early Lincoln Light:

 

 

BSA Air Rifle 1st batch:

 

 

BSA Military Pattern series 1:

 

 

Improved Model B:

 

 

Improved Model D:

 

 

BSA Military Pattern series 2/3:

 

 

BSA Junior:

 

 

BSA Juvenile:

 

 

BSA Standard No.1:

 

 

BSA Standard No.2:

 

 

Post-WW1

 

1919 "L" series:

 

 

"L" series:

 

 

"S" series:

 

 

"CS" No.1

 

 

"CS" no.4:

 

 

"A" series

 

"T" series:

 

 

Breakdown pattern:


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Junior, Juvenile and more 

With big thanks to Peter for these pics. The first two are of Juvenile, serial no. 77314, and Junior 30171. Note the Juvenile is roll stamped and not etched, despite having a very high serial no.

The third rifle, serial no. 41461 appears to be another Junior pattern as it has the same diminutive cylinder and cocking lever that you would expect on a Junior, but its barrel is 3in longer for some reason and it has an "adult" length stock too. According to John Knibbs, it came from a batch of rifles that included 7 Junior patterns. (Or is there another explanation?)

The next three pics show these three rifles, plus a Standard pattern Improved Mod D and two post-WW1 Standards.


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Compilation of BSA Imp Mod stock markings 

With thanks to a collector friend for letting me take many of these pics.

 

 

This from a BSA Air Rifle, 1st batch:


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Three BSA Juniors 

With thanks to Peter for these pics.


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Four pre-WW1 BSA Juniors 

With thanks to Craig for pics of his friend's collection in RSA.

 








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3x BSA rifles, pre-1910, -1920, -1930 

With thanks to Chris.




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