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Thread: One of the first 'raceguns' Feinwerkbau Model-124

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    Default One of the first 'raceguns' Feinwerkbau Model-124

    A Feinwerkbau Mod124 Sport modified by Airmasters, who specialised in improving rifles for FT:

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    The rifle features a tuned action, trigger modification to improve release, silencer and of course the most obvious change, the addition of an FTS (field target special) stock with adjustable cheekpiece, upright pistol grip with thumbhole, upright thumb rest, adjustable palm rest and extended fore-end.

    I believe this particular rifle when it was re-built by Airmasters in 1986 was fitted with an Anschutz butt hook as well although this has been removed at some stage in favour of the curved rubber pad seen here.

    The FWB being a break barrel was not the most popular choice for FT at that time. The no.1 gun was the HW77, and Airmasters also converted the 77 to FTS level as well. Despite a reasonable number of these FTS conversion being made they are seldom seen on the second hand market.

    The biggest weakness of the FWB is its barrel lock-up which is not as robust as it could be. This rifle has just had a new locking lug fitted as the original had worn giving some up and down play which caused havoc with consistent grouping. Unfortunately spare parts such as the barrel locking lugs are becoming very scarce, so I was very fortunate to be able to source one. By todays standard the inability to fit a big scope would be considered a disadvantage, but bear in mind that in 1986 the no.1 FT scope was the Tasco 2-7x32AG, or if money was no object then the Zeiss 3-9x36 Diavari-C was considered the luxury scope.
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    1986 advert for Airmasters.
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    hehe.. one can almost suggest that weihrauch liked the conversion so much they brought out the 97
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    One can of course suggest that but whether there is any factual basis for the suggestion is questionable, especially considering the 97 came out years after the FTS, and the only similarity is the factory silencer, which on the first 97's didn't even resemble the after market items..........
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    It's a very nice rifle. Dale is this FWB yours?
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    Yes, the most recent addition to my collection.

    I managed to persuade a fellow collector in my neck of the woods to part with it
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    Dale, how many rifles do you have now?
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    Errr.........

    43 I think.

    No, 44 - I keep forgetting the Shandell 40+ on my FAC.
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    Dale , very nice bud .

    I have been converted from regular HFT to regular FT , and funny enough , enjoy it more than wallowing in the mud at Quarry, Shooting at Nelson FT in wales, good bunch .

    Shooting Avon Hawks FT this sunday, weather permitting.
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    What's wrong Gerry? Getting soft in your old age.
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    It must be the sub-zero temp in the UK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    What's wrong Gerry? Getting soft in your old age.
    Sadly , Yes , I suppose you could say that .
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    Gerry, maybe you should drink some of the druid's magic potion
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    or ask zing from the AAOC forum for some of the stuff he is smoking
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    Now that's what I call a beautiful rifle
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