Airgun World : 2020-10-01

The Epsom Arms Fair : 89 : 89

The Epsom Arms Fair

THE EPSOM ARMS FAIR WHAT’S THIS? Jules was the name of a previous owner. Mike also pondered over the question of the airgun’s design because he is unsure of whether it was a copy of a Giffard, or if Giffard copied this design. Sadly, I do not know enough about these antique arms to answer Mike’s questions with any degree of authority, but if any readers recognise either the airgun or the name ‘Jules’, please contact me through the magazine and I’ll forward your comments to Mike. The ‘Jules’ certainly balanced beautifull­y and the stock has been well finished, so this was unlikely to have been a cheap airgun. time for a chat with friends new and old. Walking around the socially-distanced stalls, I found a cased 2004-dated Makarov with spare magazine that I could not resist because I have a real fondness for these incredibly well-made pistols. I was also tempted by a couple of 1930s pellet tins that were originally supplied to the American market. Keenfire pellets were advertised as having been made in Japan for Webleys, Haenels, Dianas and Tells, whilst the full tin of Lead Wing pellets were originally distribute­d by Steve Laszlo of New York, who was later associated with the Hyscore air pistols. Thanks to all My sincere thanks go out to Peter and Liz Binfield for saving the show, the trade for accommodat­ing the last minute move, and for the public for supporting the event. What a recipe for success! Moving on, I was accosted by the irrepressi­ble Mike Sharp and shown one of his latest acquisitio­ns. Mike placed an antique-looking airgun in my hands and challenged me to tell him more about it. It was dainty in appearance and had that classic ‘rook and rabbit rifle’ profile to it. The 8mm airgun had an inline pump and as Mike demonstrat­ed how this worked, I was reminded of a muzzle loader. The only airgun I could think of was a classic pump-up Giffard – Paul Giffard made pneumatic arms, in addition to being the father of CO2. However, the only marking on the breech was the name ‘JULES’. Mike believes there was a French gunmaker by this name and whilst I have seen references to Belgian gunmakers with the name ‘Jules’, these were first rather than surnames, so I was stumped. Maybe MY HAUL I was concentrat­ing on taking as many photos of the event as I could for the show’s website and suddenly realised that I had not bought a thing by the time the public had entered and it was I 89 www.airgunshoo­ AIRGUN WORLD

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