Webley Tempest Air Pistol
Webley Tempest Air Pistol - Trigger Tuning.
Thanks to Guy for these pics (explanation below):
He says: "From memory picture 1, no's 1,2 and 3 show the normal contact areas that people polish, (1) being where the sear contacts the piston, (2) where the sear contacts the holding face of the trigger and (3) the holding face of the trigger.
Picture 2 shows where I do the work to reduce the 'pause' in the trigger pull.
(5) and (6) are the underside and back of the sear where they contact with the 'bump' on the trigger, and (4) is the 'bump' on the trigger. By reducing the 'bump', you get a smoother pull, with less 'pause' in the pull. Polishing the underside of the sear and trying to slightly round off the angled bit at the back also helps. You should be able to get a good idea of how good things are, by holding the trigger in the fingers of one hand and the sear in the fingers of the other and rubbing them together. You will feel less 'drag' as you start to do the work.
After that, you can wind out the trigger adjusting screw a little or cut a couple of coils off it as well. I think it really improves things for very little work."
Webley Tempest Air Pistol - Beeman Brand.
Webley Tempest adapted for use as greyhound ear tagger
This must go down as one of the most unusual uses ever for an air pistol! The barrel looks like it has been reversed, as presumably has the direction of travel of the piston?
Auction blurb courtesy of Richard Winterton Auctioneers, Lichfield, Staffordshire:
"AN EXTREMELY INTERESTING EAR TAGGER DESIGNED TO TATTOO THE EAR OF RACING GREYHOUNDS, aimed at off setting the potential for a dog to change identity between races, it is based on a Webley Tempest air pistol frame where the former barrel becomes the cocking lever, the dog's ear was placed into the slot at the end of the device and the piston was used to drive a plate carrying a set of pins bearing a unique number through an ink pad leaving a unique number tattooed in its ear, it was designed by an Allen John Douglas and patented in 1989 by Crofts and Assinder Ltd of Birmingham in conjunction with the National Greyhound Racing Club, this specimen is marked 'Property of the NGRC Serial Number 117'', interestingly it was never adopted by the National Greyhound Racing Club"