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Soooo, I stopped on the way to work this morning and bought a pair of pistols. I rode right past a boot sale (read: flea market) and decided to stop for a mo’.

Well. Yes. They are pellet guns. Don’t rub it in. I thought Uncle B an’ me could set out back and plink tin cans or something. Looks like I’m going to have to do a little maintenance on them first, though.

They are Webley Juniors, like the one in the picture. Unfortunately, I got the picture off the internet — if I had the original boxes for them, they’d be worth three times as much.

The thin tube on top is actually the barrel — and also the pump lever. The fat tube is the spring/air chamber. You lift the back end of the barrel all the way back until it’s facing straight up (this takes all my strength), pop a pellet in it and close it up again. Cocked, charged with air and ready to go.

Only, one of mine doesn’t charge and the other one goes “pop” but the pellet doesn’t make it all the way through. Bad seals, I suspect. Incredibly, you can still get parts.

Playing with these things set off Uncle B’s manly instincts, and he’s over there gun shopping. You can get some very powerful air rifles here, and incredibly persuasive air replicas of all the familiar handguns, often made in the same factory with many of the same parts as the ‘real’ version.

I just hope we don’t hit a chicken.


Comment from Veeshir
Time: July 6, 2016, 10:53 pm

I just hope we don’t hit a chicken.

You know those things are pretty tasty?

They taste just like squirrel except without the gaminess.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 6, 2016, 10:55 pm

Eh. Mine are all fluff and feathers. I doubt you’d get a whole horse ovary out of one, stripped for the pot.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 7, 2016, 12:19 am

Besides, you have to be careful not to bite down on one of those pellets when you chew…

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 7, 2016, 12:59 am

We used to shoot match sticks out of the ground…tin cans?…you might as well be shooting at a barn :+)

Comment from AliceH
Time: July 7, 2016, 1:15 am

Not surprised you can get parts there. A while back, I bought a Crosman 2240 and for reasons I no longer recall, decided it needed a new trigger and triggersear. (I probably read it strongly recommended on some gun blogs or something).

It was hard to find what I wanted, and I ended up ordering the mod parts from this Lancastrian outfit: http://www.gmaccustomparts.com

Shipping took a long time (by Amazon Prime standards), but it was a good price and the quality was top notch. Oh – it was pretty easy to install and still works perfectly.

ANYway – it’s a fun little air pistol for backyard plinking. I like the C02 cartridge approach because my friend has a pull-to-pump Crosman and it really is no fun trying to use it.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: July 7, 2016, 1:16 am

Many years ago, the husband got a paintball gun. I didn’t think anything about it since we had a big safe full of real ones. ‘Some of the boys and I are going to play” was his explanation. Came home from work one day shortly after to find him and the 10 year old basset hound laying out in the sun. And the basset was sweet smelling. I didn’t put 2 and 2 together right then because other than pet and love the dogs, he wasn’t much on the day to day care of them. Well, you guys get the picture quicker than I did.

Comment from AliceH
Time: July 7, 2016, 2:56 am

In lieu of Up Twinkles (RIP) and upvote (ditto)…

LOL, Armybrat.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 7, 2016, 3:44 am

Hilarious, AB!

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: July 7, 2016, 8:28 pm

I’ve bought airguns and parts from these people, they’re pretty good:


Dunno if they sell to Brits though. I sure as hell wouldn’t.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 7, 2016, 8:55 pm

What a great, great find. Totally cool looking 🙂
So your bike commute is working out well? Have you encountered any critters along the route?

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