“We are to run with the hounds and hunt with the hare.” Well! It’s just an expression used in “The Ice Candy Man”. Hunting! With hunting comes to mind guns and if these guns are antique, it gives a more dramatic touch. Surely there are a number of latest and fine guns but some of us like to keep the past alive. Antique rifles are love if you are into them. There is a wide variety of antique rifles available for keen hands and among those are the famous BSA air rifles which are solid, accurate and fun to use.
Not everyone gets the family rifle handed down for generations. But, one can still buy them and satisfy their desire of keeping them or use them for hunting. Talking about these fine BSA air rifles, most of them are .177 caliber but some of the rare ones are .22 caliber. Starting from the best, there is an “Improved model d” which was manufactured between 1912 and 13. A total of 80 000 BSA air rifles were produced before World War I and the models were continuously improved, so this one got the inscription “Improved model d”. In that time, these rifles were very advanced, because they had a fixed barrel for accuracy. This gun was designed by Lincoln Jeffries and it is exquisitely made from steel and walnut with adjustable sights. It is among those less common number 2 bores and .22 caliber.
It is 45 inches long and was specifically designed for hunting. It is beautiful in appearance as well. Its smooth metal capped butt and a diamond hatch pattern on the wood stock highlights its grandeur. It is original with no new parts. This BSA antique rifle is really something.
Other BSA air rifles are also good for hunting despite being really old. One such antique rifle is the L model. It’s a high-quality under lever air rifle originally made in 1934 and it is .177 caliber, same as most of the BSA rifles. As antique collectors know that the best antique gun is the one with most of its original finish and which is in good working condition as well. This rifle fits this criteria. It is also one of the last 600 BSA air rifles that were manufactured. Another model that works fine is the BSA “Cadet” model. It was made in 1952 and is also a .177. Besides being completely genuine, it shoots really well!
Antique rifles are not necessarily meant for real use. They can also be used to add to the dignity of your living room. There is a “Breakdown” model which is quiet good in this prospect. Manufactured in 1933, it is .177 caliber and the amazing thing is that it is one of the first 2000 BSA breakbarrels.
One can never expect a perfect piece because they are really old. There might be some defects or their parts might have been changed to keep them in working condition. But remember, “old is gold”.