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Lincoln Jeffries BSA 1519 1905

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by 2Sheds, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. 2Sheds

    2Sheds Donator

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    Hi All.

    This is my second posting of the day - New to the WebSite.

    I have the above model BSA which goes back to my Grandfather ( when it was new ). My Dad and his 2 brothers used it and it was left in the garden shed for years until my brother found it ( he was about 12 and I was 11 ). Once found; my Dad ( who was very strict ) took it home and hid it in the garage ( we were banned from going in the garage unless he was there ( but we all know what lads are like - don't we? ).

    Dad was away quite often so we would go to the garage and have a play ( didn't take long to find the rifle ). It had no sights, had a broken spring ( we did not know this at the time ) and a rotted stock-end. We bought some pellets but you could trace the curve of the pellet ( spring had wound each half partially together ). Despite the condition we had good fun until my Dad found out that we were messing. Stern ticking-off followed by removal of cocking link bar.

    Did not take long to find where he hid that one!

    After Dad died I inherited the rifle and it languished for years until I decided to have a go at it. The cocking link was lost. The rifle was in very poor condition.

    Contacted John Nibbs and obtained various parts ( some good and others not so --- ). Spring took ages to fit ( I remember my brother and I stripping the barrel and attempting a fix on the spring ), rear sight and other parts fitted.

    The cocking link was a disaster : First one was the wrong profile ( JN could not understand why ) and the trigger guard did not line up ( screws ) and was without extension into stock ( despite pictures sent ). JN reckoned that there was a digit missing from the serial and was insistent that my rifle did not exist.

    The stock was a challenge. My brother had filled the rot with plastic padding.

    Started a search on eBay about 8 years ago and finally found a correct stock 2 months ago. Stock bolt was solid so the stock was sawn off ( rather than causing further damage to the bolt ). Bolt badly corroded at the waisting but has machined up reasonably. Stock fits well

    Next job ( when I have time ) is to strip and re-finish and blue.

    Hope you like the pictures

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  2. Lydford

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    Fascinating tale!
     
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  3. Tripleteer

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    Lovely old gun and one to restore and keep I'm sure. Atb Paul.
     
  4. 2Sheds

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    Thanks for the compliments.

    The story ( luckily for the readers ) is a precis!!!

    Just got to decide on whether I make a new trigger guard or not. The J.N. one ( that I mentioned ) had the wrong fixing centres ( still not worked that one out ) and did not extend into the stock. I doubt that I will ever find a correct one so manufacture will be the only route ---. There are too many projects on the go -----.

    Over the years the rifle has been abused ( by both my Dad and my brother and me ) by holding it in a hard jawed vise. The barrel has the imprints to prove this.

    Sharp eyed viewers may notice the hex bolt in the cocking pivot. This is to be replaced when I make a new one.
     
  5. reaper6

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    Cracking 3rd post....love it
     
  6. yorkshireshoot

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    Now thats old school rite there ! Love the fact it's been handed down through the generations , great post
     
  7. john frum

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    A nice bit of family history restored and working, well done mate.
    I have found that JK leaves a bit to be desired with his I am right attitude, there are other suppliers.
    The following site may interest you, lots of old BSA stuff and help
    http://www.network54.com/Index/105071
     
  8. 2Sheds

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    Thanks John

    I attempted a reply earlier but the big red 'Reply to Post' button beckons ( this is in the wrong place - it should be the 'Post' button ) and without thinking it gets popped ( or plinked!! ) = no reply. Not the first time that I have done this ------.

    JK a pain. You are not wrong. I became quite exasperated with my attempted dealings.
     
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    very cool looking old rifle, nice hand me down for one of the family :)
     
  10. 2Sheds

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    Hi caddyman

    Neither Daughter has any interest in firearms. It will all go to one auction or another ----.
     

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