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Webley Vulcan Musings

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by pjbingham, Sep 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM.

  1. AndrewE

    AndrewE Engaging Member

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    Mine is a kS but the barrel has been extended by the shroud to include the moderator baffles and then a barrel weight added over the top. It’s a shame to do it as it’s 5” over standard but I had to do this due to my shoulder disintegration, this modification meant I could still use the gun. That’s the reason for the hamster too, I can lock my elbow against my body and still do standing shots.
     
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    I have to say I think the barrel length on yours suits the lines of the gun & like you said it helps with cocking effort. You have a beautiful rifle there.

    I had an HW mod on mine which looked good but I obtained the AA reflex mod & to me it looks perfect; However even with the W-Willy internals & softer spring it's still a bit of an effort to cock & after about 20 shots I cocked it & the Mods internals came away from the body :facepalm:. Internals were only glued in.

    I threaded the mod tube & internals with three holes for grub screws to mechanically lock them together, epoxied it back together & it's rock solid.
    Fires with a meaty thud that suits it's looks.
     
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    pjbingham Prime Kentish Beef

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    Cheers John :up: The wire wool and oil was slow going but saved virtually all of the original blueing so was well worth it :thumb:
     
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    Slow tedious job but you should be very satisfied at what looks like a job well done. It is always nice to bring an old gun back to life.

    I always had the intention of tuning & fettling my Vulcan into a nice accurate, ultra carbine conversion that is my everyday go to gun, is accurate with today's pellets & is a keeper. I'm never selling so I felt OK converting it.
    I intend to obtain another, possibly a KS & keep it at factory spec (or restore to) & keep original.

    I like the story behind yours & hope you keep it & keep it original as possible.
     
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    pjbingham Prime Kentish Beef

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    Thanks :up: It is a gift from a very good friend of mine so it won’t be sold till after I’m pushing up the daisies :thumb: Originality wise I’ve tried to keep it just the same visually apart from I will pop a scope on it as the rear sight is broken anyway. It’s tempting to change the barrel so it’s not 5.6 but I won’t,I’m not that good at shooting anyhow so a little inaccuracy due to pellets ain’t a problem :D
     
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    Love seeing a Webley Vulcan get saved....especially as nicely as you've done, PJB :thumb:
     
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    Have to agree with this. I'm going to get another & restore it to factory spec, possibly get a KS.

    With mine I wanted to have a go at turning it into the Vulcan that realised the potential that was never reached & has some features not found back then. Like modern piston seal, delrin guides, tuned trigger, 5.5mm bore barrel etc.

    There are still improvements I would like to add, like a threaded bolt arrangement for the breech pivot bolt, barrel shims, buttoned piston & a true 2 stage trigger if possible.

    Question: is there an easy way to reduce the sideways play on the trigger. I thought of shims glued to the blade but it would be hard to get it into the housing. :shrug:
     
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    Excellent work, OP!

    The first air rifle I bought myself when I turned 18 was a Webley Vulcan KS in .22

    Many a rat met its end around the chicken coops using that rifle and all with the open sights. I still have it, totally stock, never had it apart, only ever wiped it down with an oily rag. Chronographed it a few months ago after it sat in the cupboard for many years and it was doing a healthy and consistent 10.5 ft-lbs after all this time and countless shots through it from years ago.

    Cool little handy rifle.
     
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    Dr B Grizzly Airgunner

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    My first serious rifle, in .22 of course. ;);)
     
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    I'm told there will be a couple for sale at the Melbourne Fayre...:thumb:
     
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    Wish it was closer! I could definitely be tempted with a .177 version.
     
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    I never realised there was such a Vulcan following :cool: Seems like there’s a fair few on here that are fans of them still,thanks to everyone so far who have shared their Vulcan photos,facts and memories,great stuff chaps :tea:
     
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    Apologies for showing my old girl off again, but I only have two rifles, so don't get much chance to post!
    I am still amazed at the quality of bluing for a 40 year old rifle.

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    Don’t apologise,it’s great to see people sharing photos of their Vulcans :up:
    When I originally posted the thread I wasn’t sure anyone would be that interested tbh in what is a less than pristine,left for 30 years in a shed,dinked up air rifle. It’s one of the most modern rifles I own but it seems there’s quite the following for the Vulcan which I never realised. Yours is in another league,great stuff :thumb:
     
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    Got the day off so I thought I’d put a few pellets through the Vulcan……there is a twang o_O not a big twang,but a twang none the less and I mostly sure pre war Beesa’s so I’m not used to unwanted twanging :fit: not only twanging but rattling from the cocking lever too! I’m hoping it will settle down a bit :shrug:
     
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    The twanging is easily sorted. I have a Webley spring guide you can have, the silent spring tech fitted in later Vulcan's. It works quite well and it's easy to fit. PM me your address if you want it
    The rattling lever is a well known quirk of the Vulcan and I tamed mine by epoxying two small ptfe pads in the cocking slot, one either side of the lever. Works a treat.
     
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    Love that stock, envious :thumb:
     
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    Incredibly kind Thankyou! :cool:
    I will take a look at shimming the cocking lever then,I’m sure I can find something suitable.
     
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    Thanks, must admit, it is a nice piece of walnut
     
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    DADB9748-2B17-4ACD-BB1E-5268AD77DF40.png A little bit of blending with cold Blu and a sight blanking cover in place has tidied it up and given a little bit of depth back to the blueing.
     

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