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19th December 2017 21:14  

Diana Model-2


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19th December 2017 21:15  

Diana Model-2 Variant.

 

From John Griffiths:

Looking at the Diana pistols section, there is another variant of the Model 2 that could be added -one that I only found out about fairly recently. This is characterised by a dark walnut chequered grip with NO ridges around the edge, unlike the relatively common post-war gun with a light (beech?) wood grip that has both chequering and ridges. As the former is marked "Made in West Germany" and the latter "Made in Germany" it is reasonable to assume that the walnut grip version came first after the war, before German reunification.

I have only come across a handful of these guns - and only one in the UK and the rest in Germany, which suggests that few were imported here. I assume that any intended for the UK market would have been marked "Original", but those I know of all have the Diana name.

Here is a pic of an example:

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19th December 2017 21:16  

Diana Model-2 - Boys Model - 1930 - 1933.

 

This all-steel .177 cal smoothbore push-barrel pistol is the earlier variant of the 1933-38 pre-War model 2. Later ones had no goddess stamp on the grips (source John Griffiths <i>The Encyclopedia of Spring Air Pistols</i>).


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19th December 2017 21:17  

Diana Model-2 - Hy-Score 814.

 

With thanks to Jim for these pics.


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19th December 2017 21:17  

Diana Model-2 - Boxed 1930s.

 

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.

 


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