BSA, BIRMINGHAM FOR ARMY & NAVY CSL
AN UNUSUAL .22 UNDER-LEVER AIR-RIFLE, MODEL 'STANDARD', serial no. S71503,
conforming to the 'Improved Model 'D'' configuration of 1913-14, with tapering 19 1/4in. barrel marked on the top 'ARMY & NAVY CSL'D LONDON', dove-tailed fore-sight designed to take a folding ring sight (base only present), elevating notch rear-sight, loading tap at breech, blued air-chamber etched 'THE BSA STANDARD AIR RIFLE .22 BORE' bisected by the 'Piled Arms' trademark over 'THE BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS CO. LTD. ENGLAND' over 'SOLE MAKERS' (faded but legible), single hole trigger unit fitted with intercepting sear and adjuster mounted through the front of the trigger guard bow, walnut saw-handled butt-stock with flush folding peep-sight inlet to top of the grip (elevating screw replaced, some chipping to rear of inletting), ribbed heel, no provision for fore-end, side-catch under-lever with patent dates and a strong amount of finish remaining
Provenance: This rifle is almost certainly a transitional model between the pre-war 'Improved Model D' and the post was 'Standard'. Despite having a pre-war serial number, it was most likely assembled post-war from pre-war parts
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