This came to us in a less than ideal condition, although it was absolutely complete other than the ‘After market’ butt pad. So the sling, swivels and sights were all correct and original for a 1920s period BSA Model 12 .22 target rifle.
It was also a sensible price due to the condition and a potential customer was found, as the rifle was from a shooter who was retiring we simply offered to find a new keeper and do not charge commission for such items as it is always nice to find them a new and deserving home.
With a new home found I was asked to tidy the gun up, so every last item was stripped, polished and blacked, then oiled and re-assembled. The top/first close up picture is what it looked like before the work.
I was going to do something about the stock however with some scrubbing with hot soapy water and a wipe over with methylated spirits followed by a waxing it looks good and still quite original which is what I wanted.
Sadly the potential new buyer has baled out and I now have a 100 year old target rifle, that still shoots like a new one, looks lovely and is zeroed at 50 ready to shoot and nobody to love or cherish it.
Sad really, maybe it has the makings of an open sighted LSR rifle..