My FWB 124 D Sporter

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    wrhinehart
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    Hi all. I,m new here. My name is Bill and I live in Antarctica..  .er..  Iowa, USA
    Its been weeks since we’ve had temperatures surpass 5 degrees. Mostly its been in the MINUS range.
    What fun Hibernation is.

    OK…I have a 124 Sport that I’ve owned for a very long time. Serial # 50566
    Can anyone tell me when it was Manufactured?

    I pulled it out of the safe and dropped a pellet in, cocked it and POW.
    Lots of noise and twang but the Pellet never moved.

    So…
    I started looking On-Line for ideas. I didn’t think a rebuild would be that difficult.
    I found a massive amount of info and decided to contact David Slade and ask him.

    I spoke with David. (What a kind and thoughtful man) He went over the finer points and i Got off the phone to do some “Cyphering” and decided to send it to him for basic tune-up and a trigger job. I figured the spring, piston and breach seal would be over 115 alone. (with shipping)
    I sent it in a week ago. He told me 4-5 weeks out, then remembered he’s taking a vacation at the end of January.
    I’ll see it back in February.

    What do you all think?
    Where is the 124 in your ideas about springers? Good? Did I just waste 250 bucks?

    I just joined here so I really want to say… Burrrrrr … er  Hi all

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    davemac18
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    one of the classics and one of the first power house springers ever to come into market. I will be very interested how your trigger job comes out. I have a 124 and the trigger is the only thing I do not like, I am thinking about selling mine it been a safe queen for to long. 

    very accurate rifle 250 is a great deal for all that work. IMO

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    wrhinehart
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    Yea, I paid 400.00 for it in 1985.
    Had new piston installed in 1998 and now again in 2017.
    I remember it being a tack driver back then.
    It taught me how the forget about recoil when shooting a CANNON. A Remington Model 700 in 7mm Remington Mag. A Bad Boy.

    I have seen these old beauties sell for as high as 14,000.00 on-line.Most in the 900-1000 range. Cheapest I’ve seen is 599.00. Probably a wreck.
    Mine is in MINT condition so I figured it to be worth it.
    The balance is perfect. I can’t wait

    Bill

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    oops…1400.00 not 14 thousand…Sorry..dopey me.
    Even David suggested I fix it because if I wanted to sell it I STILL would get my money out of it but he suggested for me to “shoot the bloody thing”.
    Not  a speck of rust. A Deluxe model. He also suggested the Hi-Power spring.
    He said he will chrono it and send me the results.

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    davemac18
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    Yea he has a excellent reputation, I have the deluxe version also with a mis print on the tubing supposedly a rare model. let me know how the trigger comes out I have herd he can really make them nice

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    Wadcutter
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    Manufacture date looks to be late 82/early 83.
    The original FWB124 piston seals are notorious for crumbling over time. If you find one online that has never been resealed, sure bet it needs it.
    Post results when you get it back.

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    As a disclaimer I must first reveal that I own 12 FWB guns…for one reason only….. accuracy….(and the quality inherent in FWB to easily access it).

    The 124 trigger is the embarrassment of the FWB line up,  when compared to virtually all other FWB products the 124 sucks…..but… I have 2 124s that have the highly desired “set” trigger feel…that is you take up the first stage slack to a point of a subtle click or “set” if you will…the release is then a very crisp predictable almost match like feel…

    I’ve sold off a whole pile of break barrel airguns R1s, R8s,R7s, RWS all tuned, detuned, retuned, tar tuned, lazer tuned…and what remains of any POI shifting break barrels are 2 FWB 124 that are the least hold sensitive most accurate, no wandering zero, 850fps break barrel guns I’ve ever shot….no mysteries or trick hold technique to me…dead ground squirrel certainty out to 45 yds…or pigeon…
    I am spoiled by my hotrodded Fwb 300s and the accuracy of the 603  but the well tuned and set up 124 is definitely a gun to salvage ei spend the on….and keep.

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    wrhinehart
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    Thanks, I cant wait to get it back so I can report

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    wrhinehart
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    Hi All

    It’s all complete and paid for.
    My 124 is rebuilt.
    New Maccari spring, new breach and Piston seals, cleaned and in perfect shape. Trigger has been re-worked  too.

    David told me it hit 915 FPS through the Chrono.

    He’s shipping it out tomorrow.
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    It should take two days to get here. I certainly hope its here on Saturday but surely it should be here by Monday.
     
    I send it out at the USPS  on January 11th. and on  February 23rd it would be 51 days. David did slip in a vacation during that time

    I’m like a kid waiting for Christmas. Its kinda fun recalling the anticipation

    I purchased a couple tins of ammo too for the new Old Boy.

    A-A Diablo Express 7.87 g Domed
    JSB Match Diablo Exact 8.4 g Domed

    I may purchase 10.4’s too

    Ya Hoo

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    bzizzi373
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    A Maccari Pro Mac Kit is $89 and breech seal is $2.99, I installed two of these kits in 124’s with great results. You need a good spring compressor because the factory spring is a mile long with lots of preload.
    What usually happens is the factory piston seal disintegrates, if you continue shooting gun until pellet dribbles out of barrel you will have to carefully remove what is left of piston seal at bottom of compression tube. All in all the Pro Mac Kit makes the 124 a smoother more powerful springer. Mine is lights out accurate with most quality pellets. I am shooting JSB 8.4’s and 10.4’s.but gun also likes crosman premiers and H&N FTT, gun hits hard with the 10.4’s and shoots them over 770 FPS.
    My 124 shoots the liter 7.3 gr Exacts over 900 FPS all day long.

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    wrhinehart
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    I don’t have a spring compressor so I opted to have it professionally rebuilt.

    I just ordered a tin of the 10.34 grain JSB exact domed pellets for giggles.
    Maybe I’ll build one

    Bill

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    wrhinehart
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    Its on its way back home.
    Thank God for little blessings

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    wrhinehart
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    Tomorrow should be the day. YIPEE

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    VETTNUT
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    AVG.841.4

     HI842.4LO839.6SPREAD2.8SD1.13This is my 124 tuned and trigger work by David. The work is the same as he has done to yours. Absolutely great. This was with AA 8.4 and the JSB 8.4 are almost identical.
    Am using a Caldwell front rest and rear bag and can get 1/4″ groups @ 30 yds when I do my part, which is not easy at 80. Turn that beauty loose and let the targets fall.
    Shoot straight and give God the glory.
     

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    VETTNUT
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    As far as the date this is what I have. Looks like it was late 1982 or early 1983. Hope this helps.
    Per FWB Factory search:
    S/N Model Date
    5974 124 1980
    10012 124 1977
    17023 124 12/01/78
    20400 124S 05/01/79
    26000 124D 12/01/79
    34476 124 09/01/80
    37900 124D 04/01/81
    39800 124 05/01/81
    40183 127D 1981
    44001 124 10/01/81
    49992 124 10/01/82
    51631 124 1983
    51719 124 1983
    52589 124 05/01/83
    53989 124D 1983
    57200 124S 05/01/85
    57600 124D 03/01/85
    61600 124 03/01/88
    Per date of purchase by original owner:
    12500 124D 05/01/78
    16975 124D 05/20/79
    23600 127D 09/01/79
    29600 124 1980
    31230 124 12/01/80
    31600 124D 06/01/80
    32828 124D 1982
    35046 124D 04/03/82
    39309 124D 04/03/82
    45400 124D 07/16/82
    51281 124D 04/01/83
    61000 124D 10/01/87

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    wrhinehart
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    Well…
     
    I finally got it back and boy was the wait worth it.!
    I put the scope back on and it took 2 or 3 shots to put it on the bull at 20 yards.
    Now ¾ inch group of ten at 20 yards. Just testing too.
     
    It’s much more powerful than it was and the trigger is smooth and crisp.
    The cocking cycle is a bit tougher but DANG, this is a beast now. It hits HARD.
    David told me 915 FPS. I don’t know which pellet he used.
     
    I’ve only shot about 18 out of it so far. (all 8.4 gr A&A domes)
    It tears right through my backstop which is a small phone book.
     
    How many pellets do I need to fire for this thing to “Settle in”?
     
    I’m VERY happy with this rifle. It’s better than when I got it in 1983. The cost and wait was well worth it. David is a gentleman.
     
    Bill
     

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    VETTNUT
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    RWS R10 7gr. gave me 935 with a spread of 5.7 and a SD of 1.91. As of 1/8/18. I agree that David is a gentleman and is VERY good at what he does.
    Don

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