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Question Mk 2 Airsporter .177 - What should I do?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by AlanOthen, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. AlanOthen

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    Some of you may remember my previous post: I was recently reunited with my childhood gun, a M2 Airsporter which is about 50 years old. I had intended changing the spring and anything else required inside the gun, then a sympathetic restoration of the external parts.
    We tested the gun with a shooting chronograph today and found it produces a velocity of 786 ft/sec with a 7.9 grain pellet, this gives (if my calculation is correct) a kinetic energy of 10.84 ft.lbf. This is quite remarkable for a gun that is 50 years old, and has had no work done on it for most of that time, although it has a very easy life. I really wonder whether it is worth taking apart quite an old gun which is working so well (if it ain't broke, don't fix it)? What do the readers think, should I strip it down and risk breaking something or not?
    Alan
     
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    in my opinion,leave it as it is, as you said "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"
     
  3. bhodge

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    Enjoy the gun for what it is...
    Nothing to gain & a lot to lose, when the time comes to do a bit of work on it then fair enough.
     
  4. AlanOthen

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    Guys,
    Thank you both for your replies; this is the way I'm thinking, I could do a lot of unnecessary damage to a gun that has nothing much wrong with it.
    As for the external parts, the stock is in nice condition, the chamber and barrel have a pleasant 50 year old patina but the enamelled parts are chipped. I quite like the patina, so I'm happy to leave that as it, leaving just the two enamelled parts, which I think I could strip with fine abrasive paper and re-spray with enamel myself. Does anyone have a recommendation for the paint (as close as possible to the original)?
    Alan
     
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    Is anyone able to recommend an enamel for the painted parts on a Mk2 Airsporter? Ideally something I can get in an aerosol and as close as possible to the original (but perhaps more robust)?
    Alan
     
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    I've got a 1970s (?) vintage Airsporter .22. I have recently dug it out of the loft to allow me to get back into the hobby & was going to ask the same question. It still shoots well & is powerful so after reading the replies here I am going to leave well alone.
     
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    I'm coming to think this is the best solution. I have other guns for day to day shooting, so the Airsporter would only get occasional use. It does have huge sentimental value though, so I'd like to get it looking nice, hence the question about the enamel paint.
    Alan
     
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    What about Smooth Hammerite,you can get that in an aerosol and its hard wearing.
     
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    I know what you mean about the enamelled bits,my Challenger had the same problem,those bits wore and got chipped but the bluing was fine.
    Personally though if it is 50 years old and works fine I would leave it as it is,if you do some of those enamel bits isn't it going to look a bit odd with them being new and shiny compared to the rest of the rifle?
     
  10. AlanOthen

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    Many thanks for all the comments.
    I decided to leave the internals well alone (it is still producing 10.7 ft.lbf). The stock needed a small repair internally, I re-enamelled the trigger block (which looks very smart), modified the trigger limiter screw so it looks and works right and fitted a modern 3-9x40mm scope. It still shoots well, is reliable and accurate for a springer. I use it occasionally and it brings back good childhood memories. All in all it has been a nice, easy project which has bought a good rifle back to life.
    There is a photo below, I'm quite proud of my 50 year old rifle.
    View attachment 99310
     
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    Looks good, that :)
     

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