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Webley Service MK 2 Air Rifle

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by Alan17hmr, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. Alan17hmr

    Alan17hmr Donator

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    5 Clowne Derbyshire Wagbi then Basc Member

    Ive been given a Webley Service MK 2 Air Rifle and wondered wether to have it restored or not

    Theres nothing greatly wrong with it but it would look far better with new blueing and a cleaned up and oil finished stock

    What do you think out there in airgun world

    alan xxx
  2. guizeayose

    guizeayose Engaging Member

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    Wednesbury in the Black Country.
    Lucky you, I would leave as it is to keep it's character, I think an old original looks better than restored.
  3. hawk eye

    hawk eye Banned

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    Rotherham, United Kingdom
    put some pics up :D
  4. DUNKS

    DUNKS Big Poster

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    It's entirely up to you but from what I have seen the resale value is greater if it's in reasonable nick and original. As are most vintage items.

    But lucky you!
  5. crosshare

    crosshare Member

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    Hi, I would say if the restoration doesn't compromise the originality, go for it. I had very little interest in my gun until I started restoring it, now I would bite the fingers off anyone that tried to touch it!
    Wood is wood, and can vary with age, oil, stain etc so there really is no "standard" the metal work re-blued is more aesthetically pleasing, will last longer etc I see no reason not to.
  6. Beater

    Beater Engaging Member

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    Isle of Wight
    I had a good example of one of these some years ago. I seem to recall that originally the barrel was "browned" rather than the blueing we see today. Don't know how easy that would be to replicate? I got good money for mine because of its untouched / original condition, albeit not perfect.
    If, as you say, there is nothing greatly wrong with it, I would advocate a light clean rather than full blown restoration. I think that would protect your investment more. I got over £300 for mine and the knowledgeable buyer, who travelled a long way to pick it up, was very pleased and thought it a fair price. So you were lucky to be given such a rare old rifle.:up:
  7. johnbaz

    johnbaz Big Poster

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    Sheffield, UK
    I'd leave it as is unless it was in a real mess (Doesn't sound that way though!)..

    Here's mine along with my mk1 and mk3...


    Cheers, John :)

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