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A SCARCE .177 AIR ARMS CAMARGUE SIDE-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, serial no. 33431,
made between 1985-91, with blued 15in. barrel retaining its scarce moulded alloy fore-sight, abs plastic tap-handle with funnel-shaped loading aperture, blued air-chamber marked 'AIR ARMS' with machined dove-tail for a telescopic sight and retaining its rear mounted aperture sight, chequered walnut half-stock with Tyrolean style cheek-piece and rubber recoil pad, factory fitted sling swivels, the whole in little used collector condition
Provenance: The new firm of Air Arms, born from the wreckage of the old Sussex Armoury in the early 1980's quickly realised that there was demand for a quality British made sporting air-rifle to compete head-on with the dominant German manufacturers. Air Arms were well known for their para-military style air-rifles, but trends were changing and demand for these was falling away. The Camargue (named for the region in France where the walnut came from) was a ground breaking rifle that made everyone sit up and take notice. Full UK power, smooth in operation and accurate as any available at the time quickly saw it become an airgun classic. Most were supplied with the optional sound-moderator muzzle-weight; very few were set up with open sights as presented here
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