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Hw77, Early One

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Accuspell, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Accuspell

    Accuspell Pro Poster

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    I have mentioned this one before, but hadn't got round to doing any pictures, well now I have!

    I have had suggestions from some people who have seen it, and fired it, that it might be Airmasters work - does anyone on here know any better please? It certainly shoots smoothly, if with a bit a twangy noise, but then I have fired the British Champion Field Target springer/recoiler whatever and his very tuned rifle twanged too, much the same, but hardly moved when you fired it. The owner, from new, used it for ratting with a red dot sight, hence the few marks, he bought it in 1984, before I got mine in 1985 - I had to save up from my cowman's wages!
    Pics.. you tell me.

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  2. audi swift

    audi swift Man up & pull the bloody trigger.... HFT 101.

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    Very nice that! apart from being a .22 :p:D
     
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    Nice !
    But ....next time Eddie Hall pays you a visit ...get him to take his stone with him !
     
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    The Robin Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    That's a beauty :thumb:
     
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    Very tidy looking rifle that!
    If you look up Nick Simmons in one of the FB groups then he may know if it looks like an Airmasters. He has a shed full of 77's including several Airmasters, not sure whether he in on here though.
     
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    These are the normal front end assembly’s from the 77 Airmasters, the aluminium Phantom assembly and the usual steel assembly the common denominator being that the under lever catch is a smaller diameter than the silencer

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  7. Geezer

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    Looks very nice.

    As for the suppressor, lots of makers in the 80s offered things like that. Identical, I think, to the one on my old Northern Arms Co Gold Sierra.

    The “(GB)” stamping is interesting. Not one I’ve seen before.
     
  8. murkey

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    Your suppressor does not look like an Airmasters to me, I have an Airmasters 77 FTS and the moderator has been confirmed by one of the family who owned the company, my action has been chromed but the blued/blacked guns had a small brass ring on the under lever clip, also look at the taper from the barrel to the outer diameter of the suppressor.

    Here is mine but it's not so easy to see the moderator shape to compare.

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    rabbitwrecker The Tree Hunter...

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    Got to love a 77...:thumb:
     
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    landymick Keyboard Hero

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    It was on a lot of MK1 's & also the 80.
     
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    rabbitwrecker The Tree Hunter...

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    I've seen it on 80s before...
     
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    The silencer looks like a venom one and not an airmasters one, does it have a brass insert in the end of it ?
     
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  13. Accuspell

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    Around the crown do you mean? I haven't noticed, I don't think so but I will check. The two pictures of just 'end arrangements' it looks similar to the lower one, but as the full rifle shows there are differences.

    Anyone else got any input? I might give Nige a ring and see what he thinks.
     
  14. Blackmax

    Blackmax Forum Rude Guy

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    That looks like an Airgun Centre Zephyr silencer rather than Airmasters.

    A check inside will confirm if you find an oval piston.
     
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    Looking at the pictures again it doesn't look to have the brass plug in the end, i had three and they all had it in . so unless they changed them later i would say my thoughts on a venom one is wrong.
     
  16. Jay Butts

    Jay Butts Hey, lighten up ;-)

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    Lovely, honest old 77! Great gun....
     
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    Check inside what? I have never seen the inside of an airgun....I have no idea how to take them apart! Mine work, I have never had the need to take an airgun apart... I have people who know what they are doing for that. :thumb:
     
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  18. Jay Butts

    Jay Butts Hey, lighten up ;-)

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    Nothing easier mate, once you’ve done one they are all pretty much the same.
    I bought my 97 about 18 months ago and stripped it the following day to drop a TinBum tuning kit into it. It’s absolutely stunning and the kit improved the shot cycle, stopped the twang and reduced recoil. If you don’t do this to your guns, you really aren’t getting the best out of them mate!

    You can always search YouTube for instructional videos if you’re not confident, there’s hundreds of them!

    Best.

    John.
     
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    Scrinja Trust Me

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    A Mastersport FTS 77
    Photo Courtesy RustyBuzz
    If you want to know for sure Contact Richard (RustyBuzz)on the BB$ site
    He is the son and nephew of the founders of the Airmasters company @Accuspell
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    As I said previously, it will have a brass ring around the under lever clip and the taper from the barrel to the outside of the moderator is different on your gun to an Airmasters.

    Here is a pic from July 86 Airgun World with a feature on the FTS.

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