John Knibbs In­ter­na­tional airgun spares, and the CountryStore Gun­shop - two en­ter­prises in one

Fa­mous for airgun spares, this shop of­fers much much more

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John Knibbs In­ter­na­tional has been a lead­ing name in the Bri­tish airgun trade for well over 50 years, and is best known for sup­ply­ing what is prob­a­bly the largest range of airgun spare parts in the world. Based in ru­ral War­wick­shire, within a stone’s throw of the NEC and Birm­ing­ham Air­port, the shop is ide­ally po­si­tioned to serve Mid­lands shoot­ers. So, if you com­ing to the Bri­tish Shoot­ing Show, why not make the short trip from the NEC to The CountryStore Gun­shop (B46 2RR), and visit one of the friendli­est most knowl­edge­able gun shops you could find?

John Knibbs may have re­tired some years ago from ac­tive in­volve­ment in the com­pany that still proudly bares his name, but the busi­ness con­tin­ues a for­ward march un­der his son, Mark, and daugh­ter-in­law, Tessa. So, the en­cy­clopaedic airgun knowl­edge ac­cu­mu­lated by John, that Mark was brought up on like mother’s milk, has co­a­lesced into a her­itage that few could as­pire to, let alone ri­val.

From small be­gin­nings in John’s house, the busi­ness has thrived and grown into a sub­stan­tial con­cern, com­pris­ing three branches serv­ing dif­fer­ent mar­kets. There is the re­tail shop branded as The CountryStore Gun­shop to dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the orig­i­nal spares side of the busi­ness, which started as John Knibbs In­ter­na­tional and now trades through the web­site; and there is also Ti­tan, the man­u­fac­tur­ing side, sup­ply­ing Ti­tan springs and airgun tun­ing prod­ucts.


The CountryStore Gun­shop is the most vis­i­ble part of the busi­ness and draws cus­tomers from far and wide across the Mid­lands and be­yond. As well as our great prices, range of stock and depth of knowl­edge there is also am­ple free park­ing, a ‘try be­fore you buy’ range for airgun shoot­ers, and a clay trap fa­cil­ity for prospec­tive shot­gun buy­ers; not some­thing that many shops can of­fer! Over the week­end of the Bri­tish Shoot­ing Show, there will be some very spe­cial deals avail­able to cus­tomers, new and old, who visit the shop.

This is not just an­other store, it’s a ver­i­ta­ble Aladdin’s cave full of sur­prises and car­ry­ing a com­pre­hen­sive prod­uct range from air­guns through shot­guns to rim­fire and full-bore ri­fles, to­gether with all the ac­ces­sories and add- ons that you could ever need. There’s more; if you are in­ter­ested in vin­tage air­guns this re­ally is the place for you be­cause you will find old BSAs, We­b­leys and Lin­coln Jef­fries, along with a smat­ter­ing of other his­toric names such as Orig­i­nal, Jem and Quack­en­bush.


Many years ago, John Knibbs recog­nised that in the fu­ture shoot­ers would need to be able to ser­vice and re­pair older guns and he had the fore­sight to buy the parts for ob­so­lete mod­els from man­u­fac­tur­ers wish­ing to clear out old in­ven­tory and to make space for their cur­rent mod­els. By do­ing so, he en­sured that guns which would

oth­er­wise have be­come scrap decades ago are still be­ing used and en­joyed to­day – a ser­vice to the airgun shoot­ing com­mu­nity for which we should all be grate­ful.

Spares for guns made by over 40 man­u­fac­tur­ers cov­er­ing hun­dreds of mod­els are al­ways in stock and can be or­dered via the web­site or by phon­ing the mail- order depart­ment. The level of stock­hold­ing is huge, with tens of thou­sands of lines and mil­lions of items in stock. Shoot­ers all over the world are ser­viced through the web­site and parts are ex­ported to over 50 coun­tries.


The beat­ing heart of any tra­di­tional air ri­fle is the main­spring that pow­ers it. Since the 1970s, we have man­u­fac­tured Ti­tan XS Main­springs and tun­ing prod­ucts which we sup­ply to airgun en­thu­si­asts, pro­fes­sional airgun cus­tomis­ers and gun shops around the world. Fit­ting high- qual­ity in­ter­nals and tun­ing will im­prove the per­for­mance of all air ri­fles.

Ti­tan XS main­springs have stood the test of time and have jus­ti­fi­ably be­come es­tab­lished as the main­spring against which oth­ers are mea­sured. We only use the finest qual­ity Grade 1 Swedish Sil­i­con Chrome Vana­dium spring steel, and ev­ery spring is wound to an ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tion, heat treated and tem­pered to en­sure ul­ti­mate per­for­mance and max­i­mum dura­bil­ity. Our springs are made us­ing the lat­est pro­duc­tion meth­ods and in­di­vid­u­ally qual­ity-in­spected to en­sure the high­est qual­ity. All Ti­tan prod­ucts are fully guar­an­teed. Dur­ing fi­nal tem­per­ing, the springs are coated with a spe­cially for­mu­lated, hard but flex­i­ble, mul­ti­slip fin­ish. This high-tech­nol­ogy coat­ing has self-lubri­cat­ing prop­er­ties which greatly re­duce the need for con­ven­tional lu­bri­cants on the spring and in­side the pisto; these can at­tract grit and par­ti­cles that can af­fect the per­for­mance of your gun. Ti­tan also sup­ply graphited ny­lon power boost­ers, spring guides and top hats, which make the whole cock­ing and fir­ing process much smoother and more ef­fi­cient.

So, with airgun spares, guns, ac­ces­sories ga­lore and a ‘try be­fore you buy’ ser­vice only a few miles from the Bri­tish Shoot­ing Show, you would be mad not to pay a visit!

These old farm build­ings are full of trea­sure!

The ru­ral lo­ca­tion feels just right for a gun shop

In­side you’ll find a mod­ern fully stocked Aladdin’s cave

The airgun shoot­ing world owes a big debit to this com­pany for the spares they hold

All the main airgun brands are well rep­re­sented along­side all the ac­ces­sories you could want

A great range of stocks is not some­thing you find in most gun­shops

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