Weihrauch HW77K custom in Airmasters FTS stock
Pics thanks to 'murkywaters' on the Airgunbbs.com.
He said: "So I posted up a few weeks ago about a rifle I bought through an auction (original post), I could see it was a HW77K with a serial number dating it to 1986, with the chrome action, moderator and walnut stock I could tell it was something special, but I wasn't sure on what it consisted of being the auction was online so I couldn't try it out - sight unseen just online pictures.
With the action being chromed this threw me out and still does, I would love to more about this specific gun, why, when and where the chrome was applied, was it an Airmasters one off or a previous owner decided to have it done, either way it fits right into the mid 1980's where Airmasters were producing these beautiful guns.
Once I got the gun home you could see it had been sat around for a few years, the chrome had tarnished, the stock was flat and dull but in really good condition with no dings dents or chips, so I stripped it all down to restore. This is when I knew the internals were not FTS unfortunately, it had a Vmach kit installed and badly, the piston was really tight in the comp tube and the chrono confirmed this with 8ftlb, so I sized the piston seal, cleaned, fettled, polished and used correct lube in small amounts, its now at a consistent 11.2ftlb, the action has come up really nice with a light polish of Autosol.
The stock, I love this stock, it has some stunning figure to it combined with being an iconic shape from the era, it just needed the right treatment, after preparation I have been adding thin light coats of Trade Secrets Rapid oil and drying for a few days, this is where the figure has really started to pop, after drying I couldn't wait to rebuild it.
Now it is all back together with a Tasco scope to match the rifles age and it really is a stunner, at the moment it could do with a tin or two pellets through it just to bed in the internals properly so I'll enjoy doing that."
Richard Welham, whose father John Welham started Airmasters, replied: "Nice FTS stock.
"We never produced a chrome 77 so that must have been done elsewhere. Silencer looks like one of ours.
"Looking at the stock, it’s a good grade of walnut but missing the brass inserts in the fore-end stock screws which is a bit unusual, so it leads me to believe that this is a very early basic model.
"If, as I anticipate, the piston and cylinder are standard it would have been a ‘stage 1’ tune which was very basic. I would imagine that the V-Mach kit was added when the rifle needed servicing at some point.
"I would suggest that the scope is 5 years to early and the mount not really appropriate. As Mach suggests, one of the Tasco AG range would be ideal, or of course a nice Zeiss compact in an appropriate Sportsmatch mount. Then you are bang-on period....
"At the point we introduced the FTS - late '85, pretty much everything people are talking about now, us and Venom, were doing by then. We may not have understood the science back then, as well as it is understood today, but we could recognise the results.
"As to numbers, there were probably around 75-100 FTS and FT variations produced... That number is for all models but very much a guesstimate, based on average 2 per month for 4-5 years.
"Numbers were low, because it was an expensive rifle, equivalent price today would be £1700ish for a basic model FTS.
"The unique thing about the FTS is that each grip and thumbhole was fitted to the original owners hand. So you might have massive hands, buy one today that was made for someone with really tiny hands and find it very uncomfortable. - buyer beware!"
Another one, with muzzle, rail and cocking lever made by John Ostler. With thanks to Matt:
Original ad pics:
And another pic, I think of the above rifle when new, with thanks to Richard.
Weihrauch HW80 (Steve Pope, in Gary Cane stock)
With thanks to Geoff.
Custom HW80 Mk1
With thanks to Ian for these pics.
Cerakoted by Liquid Steel Designs, Lancashire, UK
Internally tuned by LSD
Machined custom forend by LSD
CS Stocks choice grain timber
Rowan extra set back trigger
Engraved by Don Blocksidge
From LSD's website:
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