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Advice Panther 1980's Air Rifle

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by OAKLEAF, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. OAKLEAF

    OAKLEAF Newbie

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    Hi

    I have an old Panther Air Rifle from the 1980's but have no knowledge of the ft/lb power of the thing.
    It's nigh on brand new having hardly been used for the last 25 years.

    I can say it will go nearly through 1 inch plywood.
    The old BSA I have only just sticks in a couple of mm the panther pellet is completely
    embedded in to the point of bulging the back of the ply

    Any advice would be appreciated

    Oakleaf
     
  2. Egg

    Egg Major Poster

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    Welcome to the forum.

    The only reliable way to gauge its power is to run it over a chronograph.
     
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    bhodge Keyboard Hero

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    Have withdrawn my reply as I don't like the way this is going!
     
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  4. OAKLEAF

    OAKLEAF Newbie

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    I have a feeling that it's way above the 12 ft/lbs limit and should have maybe been handed in when the law changed.
    I'll take it down the local gun club.
    I fix the owners computers and have never even thought about taking it to him :confused: doh
    He's a Section 5 holder so maybe he should keep it for me :)
    Can he legally keep at the club for me ?

    Oakleaf
     
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    Reply withdrawn as I don't like the way this heading.
     
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  6. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    Phoned him

    I phoned him and asked and he said I would have to relinquish ownership as I didn't have a FAC
    He does.
    And he agrees with me it does sound like it needs an FAC holder

    The worst part is it's been sitting in a cupboard for the last 25 years unused.
    Probably better this way as I'd have only sold to some muppet not realising.
    Fooking crappy laws -
    I can do more damage with my hand made catapult and a couple of 8mm ball bearings or
    my crossbow or even my ash long bow !!!

    Oakleaf
    ps Please don't tell me I need licences for the Longbow and crossbow
     
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    Egg Major Poster

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    Nah, you're cool for those 2 - you just can't hunt with them in the UK.
     
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    Dismantle it, then you won't have to get an FAC or give it up - then put it back together, or let a gunsmith put it back together, with a weaker spring?
    Or just give it to a gunsmith & he'll return it when it's sorted & less than 12flb's.
     
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    Diana; Beeman; RWS; Daystate: ? They all have a model of air rifles called Panther, but I have been unable to trace any record of a Panther air rifle. That doesn't change anything about its power output and there's still every reason for you to get it chrono'd urgently.
     
  11. darklord

    darklord Can’t beat a tx200 at 30m

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    you dpnt say what calibres are both guns the same calibre as a 177 will do what you proposing whereas a 22 won't
     
  12. darklord

    darklord Can’t beat a tx200 at 30m

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    any major parts of a firearm would require an fac regardless if its an fac air rifle or 243 rifle.
    dismantling does not revoke the need for a ticket.

    thats saying i can take my shotgun to bits so i dont need a SGC. which is incorrect.
     
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    Hi,law affecting airgun power has not changed since 1968 ,so no need to hand it in, just get the power checked!
    In the unlikely event it is over just detune it back to below 12ftlbs with the most efficient pellet for this particular mystery super gun!:)
     
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    I take your point, but as it's not yet on an FAC, if it's dismantled it will just be a bag of airgun bits & it won't require anything.
     

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