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Webley Ranger

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by Slipknot88, Sep 12, 2021.

  1. Slipknot88

    Slipknot88 One step beyond

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    Aquired this recently, it was shooting ok but sounded like it could do with a sort out, completely dry inside apart from sticky gunge around the piston head, so its a complete strip, clean,lube and rebuild for the little webley:)
     

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    ‎I have 2 , Stocks, ( Not sure Ranger/Jaguar )‎
    ‎They have the built up rear ( In Wood ) on the stock ) ? ‎
    ‎They are basically Webley/Diana 22/23/‎Junior ? ( I have some )
    Guns that is Rebadged.

    excepting 23 has solid rifled barrel
    Ged.
     
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    Hi Jed, this one has the solid rifled barrel.
     
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    Its parts were made by Milbro (but may well have had final assembly/finish) by Webley and is indeed a thinly-disguised Milbro Diana 23.

    The earlier Junior and the Jaguar were the Milbro Diana 22 in disguise.

    The stock with what Ged calls the “built-up rear” is indeed that from the Jaguar and Ranger.

    Webley guru Chris Thrale reckons that the Ranger is quite rare, with perhaps only 2000 made.
     
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    I hadn’t realised so few Rangers were made but this makes sense considering how infrequently they are encountered compared to the Junior.
    They are a really fun little gun, the solid steel construction gives them a feeling of quality without making them heavy.
    Mine doesn’t have a scope rail - should it or did they make some without?
     
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    Hiya mate & Thanks for the info !
    I did not know that !!! I have a 22 or Webley ,
    Ged.
     
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    Hi, I'm not sure if the scope rail was a standard fit from the factory,it is spot welded unlike some of the little originals and Diana's that just have threaded holes ready to fit one as an upgrade.
     
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    It looks like the earlier ones had no scope rail and the later ones did:) Screenshot_2021-09-13-23-14-51.png Screenshot_2021-09-13-23-16-11.png
     
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    Thrale, in his book, reckons that the Ranger was introduced in about 1961 without a scope rail, and strongly implies that it gained the rail in 1964-65. Before being discontinued in 1971. Which makes sense given the non-use of scopes on airguns pre-1960, and the popularisation of scopes on airguns from the early BSA Meteors, and Webley’s general conservatism that meant they were always behind the trend.
     
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    Thanks for putting up the adverts Slipknot88.
    Interesting to see you could get the little Jaguar with all the bells and whistles for £9 -- Tim Dyson currently has the whole kit for £299!
     
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    Thanks for putting up the ads, interesting to see. I guess mine must be an earlier one then. The metalwork is far from pristine and the stock was very scruffy when I got it and has been re-finished but it’s a lovely gun to shoot.
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    ggggr Crap old gun tinkerer and wine maker

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    I gave one of these to my youngest Niece about 10 years ago. it had the box with it and I think it was £6 19 6 on the corner of the box.
    I have 2 here, one with a scope rail and one without. It makes you wonder if they did only do 2000 of them?
     
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    Hi, I notice your early model has a screw and pinch bolt in the cocking lever and breech pivot, mine has roll pins, yours also has a grip on the fore stock, the name stamp is also different :)
     
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    I believe the breach pinch bolt is original (but cant be sure?) but the bolt on the cocking link definitely isn't - it may have been swapped for the original roll pin.
     
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    My Webley junior has threaded Breech & Cocking link ?
     

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