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Much Better Than Heineken

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by louisvanhovell, Feb 2, 2020.

  1. louisvanhovell

    louisvanhovell Busy Member

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    Heirinkan Model A.
    Can't stand that cowpiss from my home city Amsterdam!
    This was made in Tokyo in the seventies and bought in London in 1979 by the previous owner for the princely sum of 25 pounds. Still quite a bit back then? I heard that some were sold in a now ultra-rare wooden box.
    With special thanks to Ed Bishop who got it up and running again (the trigger mechanism was missing).
    Cheers

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    Oooooo, I don't know, everything looks better after a few Heinekens

    Nice rifle though

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    A classic great to see :thumb:
     
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    Very nice :thumb:
     
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    Is it co2? How does it run?
     
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    Amstell is better though!
    Agreed, a very nice rifle Louis -- tell us a little about the scope.
     
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    Hi it's a multipump pneumatic in .177 calibre. They also came in .22. I haven't done a velocity test yet but I think that about 8 pumps will bring it to legal limit. A US collector explained to me that the Japanese were influenced by the American pumpers that US soldiers brought with them to the land of the rising sun. Heirinkan was (is?) a manufacturer of mostly firearms, but they produced these pumpers when regulations on firearms got really tight. Now the ownership of airguns is heavily regulated in Japan as well; you need a ticket for any airgun.
     
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    Hi Allan, thank you.
    After buying this gun and making a plan to bring it back to life, I decided to look for some other Heirinkan items.
    Nothing to be found in the UK/Europe, so I started looking on Japanese auction websites.
    Coincidentally there was a Japanese collector selling off his collection. A few very rare Heirinkan and Sharp items.
    The scope is a 4x20 Heirinkan. I believe it is a rebranded Nikko Stirling Universal. I have one of these on my Sharp Victory and it is identical.
    Only the reticle is different. The gun suits the gun well as you can still grip the action whilst pumping.
    I'll post some more photos later. Cheers
     
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    Very interesting -- thanks Louis. The sight definitely makes a classy addition to a very classy rifle.
    Looking forward to seeing some more photos.
     
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    [​IMG]

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    This was the Japanese collector's advert photo:

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    And here's what the Nikko Stirling Universal looks like on my .22 Victory

    [​IMG]
     
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    Blimey, Louis....you do own some stunners :thumb:
     
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    Thank you. I have a bit of a dilemma though. Most of my guns are not very practical to use at the range. The biggest issue is the noise when pumping! I think it disturbs people in their concentration. So I end up taking my pcp's or a springer, and these pumpers stay on the rack at home. But they do get used regularly for a good plinking or target practice session in the garden.
     
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    Also very useful for keeping your arm muscles in trim!
     
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    Methinks other range shooters should respect the pump-ups, LVH! Take the lot with you :cool: And between shots stand there clanking that pump handle while shouting "Pumper at the range! Pumper at the range! Real gun right here! Pumper at the range!"

    They need to be educated, Louis ;)
     
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    Hahaha nice one. You are right. You gotta pump it up
     
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    If I want arm exercise I use my TX200 HC, the carbine version has less leverage.
     
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    rabbitwrecker The Tree Hunter...

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    I do like that - I'm quite tolerant of multi-pumps... :thumb:
     
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