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Catalogue bought Air rifles 1970’s

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Must have been about 1974  when we were 14/ 15 yrs old my parents bought me and my brother a Relum Tornado each for Xmas from a mail order catalogue , all of our mates at the time also had air rifles so many a hour was spent plinking and shooting rats on the local tip . No one in authority seemed to mind and just let us get on with it 

In them days it was a case of buying 200 marksman/milbro pellets and we were away for the day  with open sights now I’d be lost trying to shoot without a scope 😂

Happy days 

 

 

 

 

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I got my Tornado from the Empire stores catalogue and still have in the loft, I shot 1000s of pellets through it. 

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Forget air guns :ermm:.........As I recall it a mate of mine bought a 3 shot, bolt action, 12 bore shotgun from Kay's catalogue!! 🤔

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19 minutes ago, panoma1 said:

Forget air guns .........As I recall it a mate of mine bought a 3 shot, bolt action, 12 bore shotgun from Kay's catalogue!! 🤔

Yep...I bought a single 12g once many moons ago, still got it..

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I also had a Biakal sxs 12 bore from the same catalogue it was left at my mates house as I wasn't in. 

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My first air rifle.....also a Relum Tornado came from my mans catalogue.....14th birthday back in 1980. Came with some pellets, darts and targets. 

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1 hour ago, Iggy said:

My first air rifle.....also a Relum Tornado came from my mans catalogue.....14th birthday back in 1980. Came with some pellets, darts and targets. 

That rings a bell....I'm sure I got my relum from a catalogue supplier.

 

Then I found the webley valcan and the el-gamo....spring and a half,could do a rabbit 100yrds

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The "vulcan" would not "do" a balloon at a spitting distance. Catalogues sold mainly awful guns that dealers could not sell - the fact that you could pay weekly was the selling point. The Paratrooper (el gammy) Jaguar, Hawk with or without the 2 barrels, Osprey, Meteor, both Relums (t200 and Tornado) were all available along with Baikal and Franchi snotguns - a complete selection of metallic carp.

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13 minutes ago, bruno22rf said:

The "vulcan" would not "do" a balloon at a spitting distance. Catalogues sold mainly awful guns that dealers could not sell - the fact that you could pay weekly was the selling point. The Paratrooper (el gammy) Jaguar, Hawk with or without the 2 barrels, Osprey, Meteor, both Relums (t200 and Tornado) were all available along with Baikal and Franchi snotguns - a complete selection of metallic carp.

Don't know why your so anti Vulcan? A decent gun for the 80's.

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4 hours ago, stumfelter said:

Don't know why your so anti Vulcan? A decent gun for the 80's.

A .22 vulcan was my first serious hunting air rifle when i was a teenager. Certainly accounted for dozens of rabbits until the barrel worked slightly loose in the breech some years later and accuracy seriously suffered. A known problem with these rifles I believe.

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I also thought the first Vulcan was a decent bit of kit...perhaps not by today’s standards, but the one my mate had in .22  certainly didn’t seem short on power. 

The other catalogue classic I remember was the ASI Sniper or for an extra 15p a week the ASI Statical

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I craved for a Webley tracker, twenty five years later I got to try one and was so disappointed. Great looking gun but truly awful trigger and clunky internals 

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Many years ago i bought a Luigi Franchi from the catalogue my wife used to run at that time.

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1974 relum tornado out of neighbours catalogue.. so heavy me and mate took turns in carrying it lol

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Vulcan a decent rifle for the 80's? The HW80 was out there and was in a different league - the birth of the 80 was world changing - it taught the English Airgun manufacturers a valuable lesson in quality and precision, it changed the Americans opinion on Airguns as a viable hunting tool and thus became an icon - well sorted ones will still give modern guns a run for their money. 

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17 hours ago, washerboy said:

I craved for a Webley tracker, twenty five years later I got to try one and was so disappointed. Great looking gun but truly awful trigger and clunky internals 

I had a tracker, nice gun but it destroyed a couple of scopes, good around the farm yard.

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19 hours ago, Iggy said:

I also thought the first Vulcan was a decent bit of kit...perhaps not by today’s standards, but the one my mate had in .22  certainly didn’t seem short on power. 

The other catalogue classic I remember was the ASI Sniper or for an extra 15p a week the ASI Statical

First "rifle" ASI Sniper ,click wait for it ,wait for it ting as it finally hit the can 3 weeks later ,more power in a wet trump but aged 14 u didnt care .My mate Tim had rich parents a B.S.A meteour sheer jealousy from us all 

You had the power to knock tin cans off the fence ,ahh the good old days T.B , Rickets and gout :lol:

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