Fab 4 ….FWB 124D factory walnuts

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    kingfisher61
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    Had the 124 walnuts out today as part of my shooting rotation.  These rifles never fail to bring a smile to my face.  

    Yes….they look nice, but the real pleasure is in shooting them.  They are laser accurate! !  At one point I thought I was missing the target all together because I had just one tiny hole on the paper!  Five shots into one tiny hole….with open sites from 20 yards.  That's pcp like precision from a forty year old springer!!!

    I hope you enjoy the picture.  Anyone else out there with a factory walnut FWB 124/127?  I'd love to see it…..or even some pretty Beech ones.  

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    Fuciliere
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    Wow, they really look pretty, you should give them a names if you're using it on rotating mode.

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    JamesD.
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      Very very nice rigs you have there. I’m a lefty though & more a utilitarian than a connoisseur of fine wood I’m afraid to use in fear of lessening value of such beautiful stocks. 
      May I ask if those are original OEM stocks, if so refinished? The butt pads & spacers look OEM but the grain looks too nice to be factory. Then again they’re almost as old as I am, so maybe that’s what was common back then. Oh, what was original MSRP, current blue book value, and ACTUAL monetary price most would put on any of those 4?

      I ask because I have seen some GORGEOUS wood on Daystates, AA, Theobens, etc. In fact I bought one Daystate Air Ranger & when it arrived I was stunned by the factory OEM tiger stripped Walnut. That rifle was sold easily on its gorgeous wood stock alone. I purchased a “higher end” gun more recently and I honestly couldn’t believe the bad quality of the wood. I’m not talking plain jane wood, as it did have some figuring & could have been done right as in sanded properly, pores filled never to shrink and stock bedded. The inlet wasn’t sanded, it had felt movement when handled. I’m not a nit picker but there’s stocks like yours, Minnelli, customs by Vit, Mike McKeown, older GinB’s & Dave G’s. Think about that. I’m a fan of ambidextrous synthetic stocks but remember the quality recieved from GinB or Dave G.? I felt like I was stealing when I recieved guns like those. And don’t get me started on finishing that can scratch off with a fingernail like a lottery ticket compared to a Webley or Air Arms dark blue/black.
     

      So, were your gorgeous girls there the norm of the times or am I expecting too much for even a decent stock? This is just communication on then & now quality. I bet they have micro fine adjustable metal sights. I wish more were offered or even aftermarket options were more widely available. Pyramyd, AOA, I don’t think anyone carries The Williams sights that our air guns need, except Williams themselves & you know how it is dealing with someone who doesn’t know air guns. 

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    kingfisher61
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    are original OEM stocks, if so refinished?

    James

    Thanks for your interest in the 124s.  The 2 on the left were refinished by Scott Balir from Airguntunes.com.  He also tuned them both.  He is awesome!   The quality of his workmanship is abundantly evident. Those 2 were in rough shape when I found them.

    The other 2 are OE.  I never mess with original rifles if possible.  Although , in this case,  I think the end result of those refinished is superior to the originals…..especially in the chequering. 

    These rifles are definitely not the norm for a 124!  They usually have plane Jane wood.  However,  you could upgrade back then which the original owners of these did.

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    Broozer
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    Wow!

    I love the one second to the left gun. I looks like a mix of walnut and maple. 

    Gabe

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