Rim Fire Rifles
Fabrique D'Armes St Eitenne RAF Model 52
A semi automatic RAF Model 52 .22LR from the French Armoury at St Eitenne. I cannot find out much about these French weapons. My guess is it is from the 1950s or 60s and that the RAF designation has noting to do with the Royal Air Force! It cycles well and shoots straight. The barrel is screw cut for a moderator and it come with a 4x32 scope of serviceable quality. The detachable magazine holds 10 rounds. An interesting vintage .22 worthy of a bit more research.
A Remington Speedmaster Model 552. A classic semi auto .22 rim fire, and one of the most reliable. This rifle is designed to shoot .22 long, long rifle and short. The wood is in great condition, as is the bluing on the barrel. The receiver seems to have had some over powerful cleaning agent applied at some point and the bluing has been removed. The metal underneath is fine, but the bluing has been faded or almost removed in one place. Mechanically the rifle is excellent. The rifle has good quality, adjustable iron sights and a built in scope rail.
BSA Supersport Five 5
A BSA Supersport Five .22lr bolt action rifle. A classic little rifle. BSA introduced the Sportsman rifle in 1947, as a single shot bolt action rifle. After just 1 year they introduced the five shot removable box magazine rifle - the Sportsman Five. The quest for more and more magazine capacity lead to the tubular magazine Sportsman Ten following, which in turn morphed into the Sportsman Fifteen. The box magazine Supersport Five was made between 1955 and 1967. The bore is in good condition, the wood is in much better than average condition - not perfect, but probably with its original finish and very tidy. The metal bluing is reasonable with no large or obvious areas of discolouration or scratches. Perhaps most importantly, it has its original magazine - sadly so often missing with these great little rifles.
Gustav Genshow Model 37 .22
Retailed by GECO in Berlin this rifle was made by Gustav Genshow who was based in Spandau, Berlin. This rifle was made under the direction of the Nazi officials who wanted a training rifle closely replicating the characteristics of the Mauser 98 service rifle. This one has a civilian or sporting style stock, and is marked "Export Model". The production of a sporting model and the labelling as export may be just political efforts show adherence to the international restriction supposed to prevent Germany from re arming. By 1939, when this rifle was made, such lip service would seem to have been unnecessary. The rifle has the standard Mauser rear sight, is in good general condition with a good bore. A useable and hand some classic .22 with an interesting history.
Marlin .22 Bolt Action Model 25N
A bolt action .22lr Marlin rifle. In a used but tidy and presentable condition. It has a removable 10 shot magazine, and is screw cut for a moderator.
Ralock BSA .22 Semi Auto .22
A BSA Ralock semi automatic rifle. These remarkable .22LR rifles were only made from 1949 through to 1952. The aim was to tackle the large numbers of semi automatics coming out of the USA at the time. The radical Radlock design ( apparently derived from Radial Lock) was beautifully engineered, but this made it expensive - too expensive. The tubular magazine holds 8 rounds and loads through the stock, when the loading rod is withdrawn from the butt plate. The rifle is cocked by lowering and raising the trigger guard. All spend cartridges are retained in a holder in front of the trigger guard and are dropped out when the trigger guard is next pulled down. This tidy feature may prove popular when on a range where your neighbour objects to being showered with spent brass. The whole action is very well sealed against the ingress of dirt. A single flick of the locking catch and the barrel can be withdrawn making this the fastest and easiest takedown I have seen. The barrel is screw cut for a moderator and has a threaded cover masking the barrel end. Commercially unsuccessfully due to an innovative design which was over engineered, and therefore over priced the Ralock today offers a slightly quirky rim fire with solid performance which will stand out from the crowd.
WW2 Dated Winchester Model 74 Semi Auto .22 Short
A Winchester Model 74 semi automatic in .22 Short. Made from 1939 through to 1955 the Model 74 earned fame through it being the rifle issued to Churchill's secret Auxiliary Units. These units were to go to ground in the event of a German invasion, and then come to life as the invaders tried to run the UK. The instructions given to these units is still secret, but it is understood they were to assassinate Chief Constables, Mayors and others who collaborated with the Nazis. This rifle was made in 1941 and is very likely to have come to the UK as a part of the Lease/Lend programme whereby the USA supplied much needed materials and goods to an embattled and isolated Britain. The last repayment of the Lend-Lease was a final payment of £42.5 Million made from the UK to the USA in December 2006. Much of the materials and goods were sunk by U Boats on the way to the UK, and what weaponry which survived the journey was utilised, whatever its specification. This rifle is in .22 short, and not a suitable choice for a snipers rifle in one of the Auxiliary Units, but may well have been used as a training rifle, or been issued to a Home Guard or other defensive unit. It is threaded for a moderator and has been tapped fro a scope, as per the Auxiliary Unit specification. In good condition and with a good bore.
BSA Pump Action Take Down
A take down BSA pump action rifle. BSA began production of these pump action rifles in 1924. They were successful designs and well made. Production stopped with the commencement of World War 2. After the war the market was taken up by American designs and production and Winchesters and FN's took the place of the BSA pump actions. These rifles will take .22 Long Rifle, .22 Long and .22 Short and you can even mix them up in the tubular magazine. Quite something for those to endless jams on semi autos! The magazine will hold 10 LR rounds. The rifle is in excellent working order and is in good original condition. A Bisley 4 x 32 scope is fitted but the original iron sights are present