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Title: Feinwerkbau W. German Model 300S Target Pellet Rifle & Scope
Make: Feinwerkbau of W. Germany
Serial Number: 278191
Year of Manufacture: 1979, hat tip http://www.network54.com/Forum/405945/message/1232922464/Jim+E%27s+FWB+serial+list
Caliber: .177 / 4.5mm Pellet
Action Type: Single Shot, Breech Loaded, Lever Cocked Target Pellet Rifle
Markings: The left of the receiver is marked “Imported by Beeman’s Precision Airguns Inc. / San Rafael, California 94903 / L.G. Mod. Feinwerkbau 300S Cal. 4,5 / 177 / MADE IN GERMANY patented” and the serial number. The top of the receiver is marked with the company logo and “Feinwerkbau / Oberndorf/N”.
Barrel Length: 20”
Sights / Optics: There are no iron sights. The receiver is slotted and currently wearing a Beeman brand 2 to 7 power Blue Ribbon model scope, with a front focal ring, turret windage and elevation knobs. The rear is marked “FULLY COATED / PRECISION CENTERED / JAPAN-A-55-2”. The scope body has light marks that mostly go unnoticed, the objectives deliver a bright picture with duplex reticle and the lenses are free of notable marks or damages.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is an oversized target type with a black stipped forend, thumb hole pistol grip butt (for right handed shooters) and adjustable cheek weld. The stock has a few scrapes on the black forend, the other areas show a few minor scuffs and light dings. The grain is beautiful and there are no cracks or major damages. The trigger is on a ½” long track and is adjustable for LOP. The current LOP measures 13 ½” from the front of the trigger to the back of the crescent wood butt that has an armpit hook at the lower swoop; the butt plate is on a black base and adjustable vertically. The plate has a few gouge marks but no major damages, in Fine condition. The stock rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows only a few light marks, though they are not attention getting. The rifle looks to have been well taken care of during its life. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This is a side lever charged air rifle that has a spring piston and the action is isolated from the shooter, meaning almost zero recoil felt. The trigger is incredibly light around 10oz! In contrast, the rifle weighs 11lbs 3oz, pretty solid for a pellet gun. According to our research, this is a 10m target rifle with a velocity around 600 Feet Per Second. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with the Beeman Blue Ribbon scope and rings, described above in Optics.
Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feinwerkbau “The company was established 1949 by Karl Westinger and Ernst Altenburger, both former employees of Mauser where Westinger had been responsible for an important design improvement to the Mauser C96 “Broomhandle” pistol. Because of post-war sanctions, there were few opportunities to develop small arms in Germany during the 1950s and so the fledgling company spent its first decade concentrating on the manufacture of precision parts and machines (particularly electro-mechanical calculators). In the late 1950s they returned to their original design focus with the development of the first truly successful recoilless target air rifle (an area which was excluded from the weapon manufacturing restrictions but which could tap into the undiminished German interest in target shooting). This was launched as the LG150 in 1963 and was followed with their first air-pistol in 1965.” This is a very beautiful Model 300S, a rifle so accurate, it found itself in the Olympics and almost every competitive shooting event of its day. This 1979 specimen is in Excellent condition and comes with a Beeman scope, a perfect ensemble for 10m matches. Though it might be a great tool for targetsmen, its high condition may warrant a spot in the collection and will definitely stand out.