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Labour Of Love Webley’s

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by pjbingham, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. pjbingham

    pjbingham Prime Kentish Beef

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    6EC1AF23-0FD0-4CFE-B886-99985EDE2FAE.png 55B04E30-13BD-45B8-BD7F-1016B68C4465.png For a number of years now I have been collecting parts to put this bunch of misfits back together and I’m getting close now (not all parts shown in pics) but I’m struggling for x2 Senior Pistons and a Mk1 barrel if anyone can help(willing to swop parts or cash etc)
    Both the pre and post war Seniors are now just a piston each away from completion. The Premiers will require abit more tinkering but will get there soon enough,x1 of them is destined for a mate as his first air pistol. None of them will ever be pretty but as cheap back yard plinkers I think they are well worth saving, the Straight grip Senior particularly so.
    Day to myself today so I’m off to the shed :D
     
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    Happy shed day:)
     
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    ggggr Crap old gun tinkerer and wine maker

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    Awww Bless:rolleyes: Giving a home to all those Webley pistols:) I feel your pain Phil but take comfort in the fact they are Webleys and not "monkey metal". I'm still looking for an earlier Straighter Trigger for a Straight gripped Senior---maybe some other parts as well, but I've put them in a box in an effort to clear "The table" of other things:wait:.
    I,ve just had a look and I have 2 barrels for Mk1's but they are broken on the linkage bracket. If I could find someone to weld/braze and drill a small block--or otherwise repair them, then one would have your name on it.
    Hopefully the ropey Milbro Cougar will be on its way to you in a week or so and after having a tinker with that you will find waiting for Webley bits to turn up is worth the wait:futile:
     
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    You must be a Senior yourself by now Phil :D

    Ray
     
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    45 years young and devilishly handsome still much like yaself Ray :thumb:
     
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    I’m still keeping an eye out for an earlier trigger for you :up:
    Great news, I look forward to having abit of a tinker with a Cougar, cheers :cool:
     
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    Let me know if I can help :finger:
     
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    Got to admit, I do have a thing about vintage guns, and they look great pjbingham:thumb:. God luck with finding the parts to finish them.

    I get all my inspirations when I'm in the shed...……………………………………………………………......Ray:D
     
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    Cheers Norm :cool:
     
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    Thanks Oed, most of these won’t be anything much to look at but it’s nice to have some that can be readily used without worrying about damage or breakages. I enjoy bringing these old things back from the brink and Webley pistols especially. This one is a before and after of one of my first pre war Mk1’s. Atb Phil
     
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    A lot of enjoyable restoration work went into that pjbingham. Love it:thumb:
     
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    Thanks and your right it did and it remains one of my favourites.
     
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    I managed to find a Junior Barrel this week for £6, it was heavily painted and I feared the worst but took a chance and upon stripping it it revealed a nice barrel,nice enough for a project plinker anyway. I have x3 Junior frames to choose from to start another build. I suspect I will plump for the middle one. The top one is a Pre war model and should have an extended barrel but it’s never going to be a minter......I’m not convinced I’m going to find an extended barrel and a pair of tin grips so it’s a possibility :shrug:
    Still looking for a Mk1 barrel and a Senior piston (or 2)
     
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    ggggr Crap old gun tinkerer and wine maker

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    I'm happy to take that Pre war frame off you Phil;)-------I'm trying to get a couple of Mk1 barrel bands repaired and if successful, one has your name on it:). The rearsight base for the Cougar is being posted back to me this week and hopefully, it will bring the POI down so it is on target at 7 or 8 yards (It shoots high with the placky base) . If not you will have to try to sort out a foresight element with a high post. Once you have had the "joys" of messing with a Milbro Cougar, (1) you wont want another (2) you will appreciate those good old solid Webleys all the more.

    Ps--why is it that "before" pictures always look like my "after" projects:confused::confused:. I clean them up a little and get them plinking. I somehow seem to like the stuff that shows it's age but has the worse of the damage tidied. It seems more accetable to me it if a gun had a bit of a bodge done 40/50 + years ago then if someone does it today.
     
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    Sorry,the straight frame is the one I’ve started this afternoon, i only had one spring guide and it’s the only one that lined up when tightened. I’m gona make some wooden grips for it and it will have to put up with a standard barrel until if ever an extended barrel comes along. Ref the barrel and Cougar that’s much appreciated Thankyou. I have some other frames in a box,perhaps there’s something there that you may prefer :up:
    I find plenty of bodges from the past, I can’t live with them I have to sort them out. There’s something cool about honest patina but I like to be able to go to anything I own and for it to function correctly without any undue concern it’s going to fail :cool:
     
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    I was going to suggest the wooden gripped option Phil. You are ok regarding the other frames---it was just a bit of "fishing" --future Christmas shopping. I've not even posted the mk one barrels for repair yet so dont know when ?if I'll get one to you. I'll give you a shout about the Cougar. :eek:
     
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    Thats smart that is, nice job mate
     
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    Wooden grips are abit out of my comfort zone but I’ll give it a go, I made some for a Tempest some time ago and they were okish, they look nicer than they feel tbh.
     
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    4 hours in the shed has resulted in a rub down of the frame and cold blue, clean up and reassemble of the trigger and sear and fabrication of some wooden grips. They won’t win any beauty prizes but they feel comfortable and look to my eye atleast somewhat in keeping so I’m happy. Piston is cleaned up and ready for a new washer so there’s just a few bits left to source but it’s getting there in fits and starts.
     
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