Here we have my BSA Light Pattern Standard in .177.
I was given this rifle over a decade ago when it was found in an old house and the original owner couldn't be located. I learned to shoot with this rifle and it has done me great over the years, though unfortunately a period of incorrect storage lead to some minor damage to the stock (see photos) and to the finish of the rifle. Other parts were missing when it was found.
I've fitted a new cork seal and stripped the whole rifle down to check it, the bore is still in superb condition, and the spring is still very powerful. The piston has also been polished and relubricated, though the cork seal could do with turning down slightly as it's a touch too tight and leading to inconsistent shooting. I'm also fairly certain the rear sight blade is the incorrect model for this rifle as it seems to be too wide.
The serial number dates this gun somewhere between 1929 and 1931, and considering its age it's still in impressively good condition, the trigger is still very crisp and is easily adjustable.
These rifles are very mechanically simple, and thus this rifle would only need a very small amount of work to get shooting considerably better, the cork seal being too large is almost certainly the cause for its current inconsistencies in power, a chronograph test would likely support this also.
This rifle overall would make a great restoration project, although it isn't in terrible condition either.
If you have any more questions about this rifle, please feel free to get in touch.
- Light Pattern Standard
- No Licence
- Shrewsbury, Shropshire
- 07445-XXX XXX
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