The Gun Room
Jonathan Young delves into the Lincoln Air Pistol – a rare gun from the 1920s that features high up on the handgun collectors’ hit list
The Lincoln Air Pistol – a rare airgun from the 1920s that features high up on the handgun collectors’ wishlist
After the success of the Lincoln Air Rifle project that eventually was sold to BSA, George Lincoln Jeffries retired. However his family continued to stake their place in the gun trade, seeing a market for air pistols.
Produced in small quantities in the 1920s, the Lincoln Air Pistol was rarely seen for decades, and only recently with internet exposure have more examples surfaced.
Variations have even been noted in frame size and barrel length, from a monster size with a longer spring cylinder grip, to this moderate version with an 8“barrel, and some with a shortie barrel. There is also a large premium or Target version. Other rare LJ pistols exist, with different charging methods such as backstrap cocking, however it is the break-barrel and trigger guard cocking method seen here that was used on the Lincoln.
Sold mainly in .177, there are also .22 versions seen occasionally. Marks of ‘The Lincoln Air Pistol’ are usually stamped to the upper barrel breech with ‘Best English Make’ placed to the side. On some guns ‘Lincoln Jeffries Junr’ (for Junior) appears, indicating the family pedigree to buyers. Despite being superbly well made, with Webley pistols now firmly on the scene the Lincolns disappeared, making them today all the more desirable.