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  • smdub

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    Probably the most mechanically complicated ones I own: Diana 75

    They are a 'recoilless' springer. There are two pistons, locked together by a set of gear and pinion racks. One piston goes forward to propel the pellet and the other goes rearward as a countermass. The gear mechanism is complicated in its own right but the trigger & cocking mechanism is straight up enigma machine level complicated. I took one of them apart to reseal, taking pictures along the way, and couldn't get it back together. Those that know me know I am *HIGHLY* mechanically inclined. I bought another one to look at to work on the first (memory is fuzzy but I think this one is my 3rd and the nicest example.)

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    And probably the ultimate SSP rifle: Feinwerkbau 603 (SSP = Single Stroke Pneumatic. They are the last 'one pump' guns before PCP took over.)

    I also have the penultimate FWB 602. The 602 is a beautiful rifle and could have been the end of the series. But even running off a compressed charge of air, as the tiny mass of the pellet is accelerated down the barrel, the rifle 'kicks'. An insanely tiny amount but it can be measured. So what do the crazy Germans do? In the 603 they add a tiny little mass in a tube pointing rearwards that accelerates the other way making it truly 'recoilless'.

    The triggers in them are AMAZING. They have a dry fire function too. There is a little slide/lever to manually cock the sear for practice.

    My 602 looks like new but the wood finish on the foreend of my 603 leaves a lot to be desired. Lots of little spots where the clear finish flaked off. It needs a strip and a respray. The photo below is more flattering than it looks in real life.


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    Here is prob the rarest I have: Model A Sheridan Supergrade.

    It has been taken apart for new seals. I made a castellated tool to get the valve apart but its been sitting for a long time waiting for attention. Seals will be easy to make. The bigger hangup was how to restore the black on the brass (copper plate?) tube/barrel. The original process is something no longer available (I don't remember what it was called off the top of my head.) Its basically a thin shiny black paint. I've thought about using something like Birchwood Casey brass black or even gloss black cerakote. The cerakote is probably more true to the original but I REALLY don't want to have to take the tubes out of the receiver to be able to prep and spray it. I had decided whatever I do would require doing in place w/ a lot of careful masking.

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    And probably the ultimate SSP rifle: Feinwerkbau 603 (SSP = Single Stroke Pneumatic. They are the last 'one pump' guns before PCP took over.)

    I also have the penultimate FWB 602. The 602 is a beautiful rifle and could have been the end of the series. But even running off a compressed charge of air, as the tiny mass of the pellet is accelerated down the barrel, the rifle 'kicks'. An insanely tiny amount but it can be measured. So what do the crazy Germans do? In the 603 they add a tiny little mass in a tube pointing rearwards that accelerates the other way making it truly 'recoilless'.

    The triggers in them are AMAZING. They have a dry fire function too. There is a little slide/lever to manually cock the sear for practice.

    My 602 looks like new but the wood finish on the foreend of my 603 leaves a lot to be desired. Lots of little spots where the clear finish flaked off. It needs a strip and a respray. The photo below is more flattering than it looks in real life.


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    Feinwerkbau top of the line along with Anschutz ... Love the Diana 75 always wanted one ... I have 2 recoil-less I have a RWS 54 and a JW-65 Whiscombe 3 barrel my baby !

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    smdub

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    Don't worry, I won't bubba anything. Its why the project stalled and went on a back burner. Needed to do it 'right'. I even contemplated not doing anything to the barrels but as you can see they have lost ALL of the black and just look terrible.

    I have a Diana Model 54 (in .22). Bought it from Tom Gaylord at the Salem VA show. It MIGHT be the one he reviewed in his blog. I used to live in Salem when I worked for GE. He was always there sharing a space w/ another one of those famous old airgun guys. I can't remember anymore who. I *MIGHT* have some photos (slides) at those old shows I should try and dig up.

    I like mechanically 'weird' (cars, guns, whatever.) So springers and esp. recoilless appeals to me - and why I have so few PCPs. I have at least one FWB 300S. I have a Diana 6G, Model 10, and Beeman 900 pistols too. I'm usually super anal about taking notes but much of my airgun collection somehow escaped inventory. Need to dig it out and catalog one of these days. Should thin the herd some too.

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    A pair of Crosman 118s which use a little side lever that lifts up and swings back to feed another pellet and cock the hammer. Manufactured 1952-1954. The Blue Book says "This magazine repeater is an adaptation of the Girandoni repeating airgun mechanism of 1780."

    I still have yet to make the CO2 fill adapter for these and the seals are probably junk anyway so will require more disassembly. The nicer one is orig and complete but has a stock crack at the forearm knot. The uglier one is missing the camming tray, pellet feed arm, top cover, rear sight (just a strip of sheet metal), and has an aftermarket pellet magazine. Missing parts should be pretty easy to make using the good one for reference. Will refinish to a decent 'shooter' someday.

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    A pair of Crosman 118s which use a little side lever that lifts up and swings back to feed another pellet and cock the hammer. Manufactured 1952-1954. The Blue Book says "This magazine repeater is an adaptation of the Girandoni repeating airgun mechanism of 1780."

    I still have yet to make the CO2 fill adapter for these and the seals are probably junk anyway so will require more disassembly. The nicer one is orig and complete but has a stock crack at the froearm knot. The uglier one is missing the camming tray, pellet fed arm, top cover, rear sight (just a strip of sheet metal), and has an aftermarket pellet magazine. Should be pretty easy to make using the good one for reference. Will refinish to a decent 'shooter' someday.

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    You got me here ! .... I am totally unfamiliar with these models.
     

    smdub

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    You got me here ! .... I am totally unfamiliar with these models.
    Haha. They are much older than me. I think the old bulk fill & 'gallery guns' are neat. Its also interesting to note almost all the old guns were .22, .177 didn't come along until later.
    I *HAD* an even older model 100 (which would have been built 1940-1950) but UPS lost it in shipping :( Crosman only had a few models before that one.
     

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