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Fwb Sport Issues

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by holloway, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. holloway

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    C27C5B7D-F8C9-4DB6-B635-CB0EF4ABA0D2.jpeg 8A9BDECC-C3B6-4A02-9B5C-9E17E3DE955F.jpeg Probably going to need some help and advice with this ,I have already started the stock and taken it back to bare wood to get rid of the stippling ,I have a new original service set and a couple of new springs for a somewhat dodgy trigger and safety catch, the metal work I think I need done professionally any recommendations?
     
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    Hi, Paul Chell is your man for the metal work, top class:thumb:
     
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    Thanks for that ,and how does one contact Paul Chell ?
     
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    He's normally about somewhere, he does a lot of work for members on here.
     
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    Very plain looking stock when stripped ,had to remove more wood than anticipated but it’s a start.
     

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    Looks good so far mate, it was a bit of a mess:thumb:
     
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    I'd recommend going very carefully when you strip the rifle.
    Mainsprings on these are under a lot of preload. If you can borrow or make a spring compressor it would be handy.

    The plastic trigger blade is fragile. Go very careful around it.

    Safety catches are fragile and not available. Dont break the ears off it.

    When you do let tension off the mainspring, have a couple of cable ties handy to tie the safety catch to the trigger unit. It keeps everything in place and prevents bit flying everywhere
     
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    Hi Rob That sounds like a nightmare to strip. What is the attraction? I thought FWB guns were across the range wonderfully thought out guns and fantastically engineered.
     
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    Hi Pete.
    The Sport is an iconic break barrel rifle. Back in the 70's, it made power that domestic rifles could only imagine and held the crown until the 80 was launched. The BSF 55 and 70 danced around this title but were a bit lively so not really in the same league
    The sport is light, easy to cock and shoots comparitively well.
    For its time, it was a diamond of a rifle and still useable now, though let down by the basic trigger (when compared to the Rekord or CD).

    In terms of design and build quality, they're right up there as you'd expect from FWB, but FWB's unique approach with long soft mainsprings and the complicated and fragile trigger unit means care needs to be taken on stripping.
    Any competent person should be able to strip and service one, but they just need to be aware of how much preload the mainspring is under and that if parts get lost or broken, they may be irreplaceable.

    One bolt retains the trigger unit and mainspring tension which goes into the alloy trigger block. This has to be very carefully inserted bang in line on reassesmbly or the cheese like threads will strip very easily. Another reason for a spring compressor.

    Original factory seals degrade just like the 300s as they were made from the same material. This is one I serviced for a bloke last week. 2 hour job just to clean the remnants of the gunged seal out, complicated by the fact you have to clean the whole cylinder.
    Sport old seal.jpg
     
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    One to swerve i think. Hows it going with the SU and any developments with the other?
     
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    Not one to avoid Pete, they're a very useable classic. @The Iceman on here regularly hunts with his.

    New parts arrived for the SU yesterday so I'll get it done when I havea couple of hours over this weekend.
     
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    Look forward to seeing the results.
     
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    I have a couple of FWB Sports....love them...the 124/177 I used to shoot out to 50yds on the range...very accurate for a break barrel springer once you get used to them...well worth adding to the collection if you find one...watch out for rear sights as they are often damaged/missing...:thumb:
     
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    Hi, iv stripped and repaired loads of fwb sports over the years, a sash cramp is worth its weight in gold when doing these along with a few cable ties and some old leather.
     
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    Thanks for all the tips and advice you have already saved me from several mistakes!Not sure if I will finish it myself as I have had an offer as is.
    Already half way through the stock so will carry on and have a think not decided really.
     
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    Couple of questions, in the picture we have the old spring and the new ,is the old one compressed through use ? Or is it not original ? 1099D7D7-CC90-463D-A958-D8FC070A07A3.jpeg
     
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    As I said in first post trigger and safety didn’t work properly this picture shows new trigger spring and new safety spring ,the old ones are on the left of the picture the old safety spring looks very weak compared with the new one ,I have reassembled the unit and it seems to work ok now ,hopefully it is the only problem although the top of the plastic trigger were it engages the safety is a little chewed up .Time will tell.
     

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    Been practicing the checkering on flat wood ,I have never done one from scratch it gets harder the more curves you go over ,time to find something curved to practice on !
     

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    Mine looks the same as that, just not quite as finished!
     

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