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Question BSA Airsporter: identification and renovation

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by AlanOthen, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. AlanOthen

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    Good evening,
    I have recently been re-united with my childhood sweetheart: a BSA Airsporter .177. I first acquired it in the early 70s and found it gathering dust in my father's cabinet. Nothing has been done to it in the past 35 years (my father did scare a few pigeons with it once or twice a year) but it still fires pretty well and is surprisingly powerful.
    The first thing I'd like to do is identify the gun. It was purchased second hand in about 1973, so it is probably from the late 60s or early 70s. The serial number (see the first photo) seems to be EE2745 and it is a .177. Can anyone help identify the model and its age? I've included some photos below to help.
    The gun is drilled and tapped for an aperture sight (see the third photo), I still have the sight but have mislaid the machine screws that secured it, so it is not fitted at the moment.

    View attachment 97501 View attachment 97502 View attachment 97503 View attachment 97504

    My plan is for a sympathetic restoration. It could certainly do with an internal service with a new spring, seals and grease, a friend has recommended fitting an Ox spring, but I'm not sure I want to detract from the original specification, does anyone have any advice?

    Does anyone know where I can find advice on stripping the gun (I have not rebuilt an Airsporter previously).

    The stock and the external metal parts are a bit better than might be expected for its age. I was planning to rub down and re-enamel the painted parts, but otherwise leave it as is. Again does anyone have any advice on finishing the gun? It would be nice to get it working and looking like it did 40 years ago.

    Alan
     
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    Many thanks, the links were very useful and it does seem to be a Mk2, a little older than I had thought it was, but that is no matter.
    Alan
     
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    Hi mate, nice gun. One which should really benefit from a sympathetic refurb.
    OX spring...NO! Stick with a standard replacement spring, no need to try and break the gun by over-powering it! Standard is good, OX is bad!
    There is a BSA owners group forum, so if you're stuck for info you might find help there.
    Google BSA OG and take a look-see.
    Good luck mate, and keep us informed as to your progress.
    bhodge.
     
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    Many thanks for the advice regarding the spring, I had a feeling that standard specification might be the best solution for a gun that turns out to be about 50 years old.
    Alan
     
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    You say the gun still shoots well & is powerful...have you chrono'd it? Be interesting to hear what it can do after all them years.
     
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    I have not had the gun tested, I'm guessing I would need to find a gunsmith with the test equipment to do that? I have just tried it myself and it easily penetrates a 12mm OSB sheet, which my SMK underlever (admittedly .22) struggles to do. I'll perhaps try to get it tested in the next few weeks before I disturb it internally. I will indeed be interesting to see what a 50 year old gun with (probably) its original spring will do.
    Does anyone know where I could get the gun tested close to Corby (Northants) or Kings's Lynn (Norfolk)?
     
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    Contact secretagentmole on here ... he's from near King's Lynn !
     
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    Many thanks.
     
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    Most 'serious' air gun owners have probably got access to a shooting chronograph, so getting it checked will be easier than you think. I've said many times on this (and other) forum that I'd be willing to test a gun for any local shooter. Many people share that sentiment so I'm pretty sure if you asked for help it would be forthcoming.
     
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    Many thanks, it would be marvellous if someone could assist either near Corby or King's Lynn.
    Alab

    It would be marvellous if someone had a shooting chronograph and was willing to assist near Corby or King's Lynn.
    Alan

    I hope to get the old gun tested this weekend, and will post the results. It will be very interesting to see what a 50 year old can do.
     
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