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Advice Feinwerkbau (FWB) Sport 127, valuation

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by captaincrash1971, May 27, 2015.

  1. captaincrash1971

    captaincrash1971 Newbie

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    Hi, a friend of mine was recently given a couple of airguns and an air bottle. He has offered them to me, and I have explained I have no interest in the FWB, but would consider taking it off his hands to sell it on. It's a 1980 MK I version, the one with the plastic trigger. I tried the gun, and it couldn't even propel a pellet out of the barrel. After stripping it down I have found why, the piston seal was crumbled and perished into a thousand pieces.:(
    Anyway, I have risked £40 on a rebuild kit (breech seal, piston seal and spring) along with associated grease and lube. The rebuild kit is all standard parts, so won't be getting butchered with some dodgey tuning kit. I'll rebuild it and try and pass it on. How much I offer my friend for these guns is going to depend on what I can expect to make on the FWB.
    The external metalwork looked a little ropey, but an oily rag and much elbow grease has it looking pretty good. The stock is going to benefit from a rub down and re-oiling, there's no knocks or dents, just light scratches on the 1980's lacquer.
    I've never had any experience of these guns, but must say the build quality is far better than a lot of modern guns, it looks like a little gem. I'm looking forward to getting it sorted and having a plink with it. I'll post some pictures once it's sorted, along with chrono figures and accuracy tests.
    Cheers
    Alan
     
  2. Whitebeam

    Whitebeam Engaging Member

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    I hate to say it, but you might make more money if you broke it up for spares!

    I've just paid £45 for a replacement rear-sight for mine and I'd expect to have to pay you £25 for the front sight off yours - it's exactly the model and age I've been looking for!

    The price of spares for these is getting painful: http://www.airgunspares.com/store/category/64/527/FWB/

    Peter
     
  3. BiggaJ

    BiggaJ Donator

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    what!!!

    These guns are worth a fortune in good order. I have a MK 2 without front sight but in exceptional condition and been with me from New and mine is a 1981. Had Manchester air guns offer me £250 there and then a few months ago. I cannot find a front sight for love nor money, even spoke to FWB but no luck.

    Mine needed a new seal kit and as the new kits are a far better quality product than the original (advancement of rubbers) I found even while retaining the standard spring it went up to 13.5 ft/lb' s!! Ended up taking 3 coils off the spring.

    Was told by the guys at the above mentioned shop that the MK 1 guns are the most sought after and bring the best money.

    Regarding quality of workmanship, you hit the nail on the head, these guns came without burrs and were made as if each one was hand made. Compared to modern guns they are Rolls Royce.

    Speak to a few gun shops, get a feel for them also speak to a few tuners .... I recall speaking to a few, one in Doncaster (cant remember the name) but I am sure you will find they are worth a few hundred.

    One of the guys at Bisley BFTO club has several FWB ... there is a cult following for them. Get it checked out.
     
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  4. Whitebeam

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    At least I prompted one response for the OP! ;-) ;-)

    Agree - superb guns and worth the money - I've had mine since I was a teenager when my favourite Uncle gave it to me before he died. I can see it from where I sit now and it's almost flawless (apart from the lack or a foresight :-( ). I've occasionally thought of parting with it, but I guess it has sentimental value as much as anything else. I recently put a 'slightly softer' Maccari spring kit and seal in to replace the almost certainly illegally powered after market spring that I put in 20 years ago and it now shoots very smoothly (albeit only developing 10ft.lb - I guess this might increase as the new seal beds in. It will be one to pass to the next generation one day.

    Mind you, if just a pair of original sights costs £70+, how much for a spotless original barrel? Cylinder? Stock?

    Peter
     
  5. hmangphilly

    hmangphilly Posting Addict

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    theres 2 on a well know site right now at £225 each .

    both without open sights by the looks.........I wonder what happens to all the open sights ???
     
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    Took 'em off as a kid as soon as I got a 'scope 'cos 'scopes were cool and open sights weren't.

    Peter
     
  7. captaincrash1971

    captaincrash1971 Newbie

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    Sorry Whitebeam, you're barking up the wrong tree, I don't have a front sight either :rolleyes:.
    Thanks for the replies guys, I'll sort it this weekend and post some pics and stats when it's done. I'll be advertising it on here soon enough.
     
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    Worth a try ;-)

    Peter
     
  9. BiggaJ

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    Good thread....Hmmmm trying to get something for low money aiy :D can't blame you.

    Mine has no front sight either. Same story as yours.

    Look after your gun, they are fast becoming collectable
     
  10. Whitebeam

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    To tell the truth I wasn't trying to pull a fast one - honest.

    I'd been told by a gun dealer last year that I might get something like £100 for my gun, although I was asking about trading it in for a modern rifle at the time. I didn't take the trade because, as I say, that gun belonged to a wonderful man with a huge heart who indulged me something rotten as a kid and who I then had to watch die of lung cancer.

    Obviously my friend in the shop was trying to get something for low money though! }:-(

    Peter
     

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