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Question Webley Osprey?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Sharpghost64, Jan 12, 2020.

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    This is good advice.

    On the FWB, also check that the safety and trigger work properly. They easily get out of whack through use. My old one had a moment when it would fire when the safety was released. It got fixed. Then, later, it decided that if you pulled the trigger hard enough it would disengage the safety and fire.

    By the way, until the HW80 came along, the FWB was top of the power tree where legal (14ish ft-lbs), and until the HW77 arrived, the FWB was the FT rifle of choice. Reallly accurate for a light, fast-handling powerful springer with a not brilliant (but not bad) trigger. Sought after, so can be pricy. £250 for a really good one.

    The BSF break-barrels are nice, if a bit old fashioned. The most common, the 55, is a little light short carbine. It’s like a 12 ft-lbs BSA Meteor. The bigger 60 and 70 are more typical normal-size springers, but harder to find. BSF triggers aren’t the best, made of laminated plates. They wear in to a fairly nice pull, and then keep wearing to the point where they become unsafe and need the sear engagement increased (there’s a screw for that). The underlever 54 has a following, but in my opinion is big, heavy, ugly and not very good.

    Anschutz 335 is overrated. It says Anschutz on it, but isn’t particularly special. It’s definitely not bad (apart from the stock bracket thing), but whereas when FWB made a sporter they made it to the same standard as their match rifles (though with a couple of design flaws), Anschutz made theirs more at the BSA/Webley/Diana level.

    Never had a Viscount, but have a Tracker Deluxe. Would like a Viscount Deluxe. Especially over an Osprey.

    Diana 35s are underrated and good value as classic plinkers/informal target rifles.

    Diana 45s are a big and long lump, but well put together and boy can some of them shoot.

    And then there are HWs (most still in production, though still classics) and BSA Mercurys and Airsporters. And the Webley Vulcan in its many variants (avoid the earlier Hawk, it’s a dog) and the later 1985-94 Omega, which is sort of the b*****d child of a three-way between a Vulcan, Anschutz and FWB. And therefore actually quite good.

    Some of these things (HWs, BSFs, Dianas, Airsporters) had long production runs. As a general rule, avoid the ones made in the 1970s. The 50s and 60s guns are better made with (if it has survived) better fit and finish. Even the vaunted Webley MkIII noticeably declines in quality over the years.

    What would I actually recommend? At one level, whatever fits your wallet and floats your boat. A lot of these things offer similar performance.

    The FWB is quite special, a head above most of the competition. It costs.
    Webley MkIIIs and Mk1/2 Airsporters are average performers, but very nostalgic.
    HW35s have their detractors, but a good one is very nice. Lots of them about.
    The Diana 35 and 50 are good solid guns with no particular weaknesses or flaws, and can be found at very reasonable prices.

    Hope this helps rather than confuses.
     
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