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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:51 am Reply with quote
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Hi, I am hoping there is a member who could give me information about an air pistol that a family member left me in their will. There is no maker name. I have searched the net, and only found a picture of a Swiss Tell 1, which is quite similar. I have attached a pic. Thanks very much!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:31 pm Reply with quote
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Sorry I can't help in your quest but I want to welcome you to AGH.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:47 pm Reply with quote
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Thank you donec, a much appreciated reply!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:48 pm Reply with quote
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Are there any markings at all? Are there screw holes or witness marks that might indicate it had a trigger guard at one time?

It certainly looks like a Tell 1. The length is right, and there were apparently (at least) two versions made:
https://store.bluebookinc.com/InstantAccess/Category.aspx?product=4&id=178
https://store.bluebookinc.com/InstantAccess/Model.aspx?product=4&id=167

If it were me, I would go down to the public library and ask if they can find a copy of "The Blue Book Of Airgun Values" through interlibrary loan (no cost). Failing that, I would buy the online subscription and risk paying $30.00 to possibly find nothing:
https://store.bluebookinc.com/Home/Default.aspx

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:35 pm Reply with quote
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Thanks Slavia, I'll try my local library. I can't see any obvious marks, but I have compared it to the pistol in the link you gave me. My pistol is .22 cal, smooth barrel. There are no holes or marks for a trigger guard, or any trace that sights were ever fitted. It is fully nickel plated. Could it be possible that the company accepted private commission's?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:50 am Reply with quote
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Comparing those images it seems the trigger is a different style.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:24 pm Reply with quote
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Yes, I agree. I have played spot the difference between the picture's. The body, barrel and grip do look identical. Unless another maker has copied the design, I can only assume my pistol is derived from the Tell 1. I visited the library, but they were of no help. I think I'll have to try another or just wrap up the pistol and pack it away. As the internet hasn't thrown up any other leads, I'm at a dead end. Thanks very much for all your help, a great site!
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