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Gentleman's pistol
« on: September 11, 2021, 05:48:04 PM »
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I posted the FWB 300 as the gentlemans rifle...wel here's the pistol.

What a joy to shoot. Picked this beauty up years back off a guy locally.
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2021, 05:53:24 PM »
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I posted the FWB 300 as the gentlemans rifle...wel here's the pistol.

What a joy to shoot. Picked this beauty up years back off a guy locally.

Probably the best spring pistol ever made. 
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2021, 06:18:44 PM »
Looks nice but may I ask, what gun is it?
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2021, 10:10:12 PM »
The pistol is fwb 65.
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2021, 01:48:51 PM »
Very nice! I like the grips - those plastic ones were the standard sporting model in Europe and are really quite nice. You seldom seem them in the US as Beeman did not import them. He preferred to up-option (and up-price) the 65 with wood match or sport grips.

The 65 was absolutely the most dominant competition air pistol in history. It was introduced in the mid-1960's and won pretty much every top air pistol match world-wide for 20 years, until the first bulk CO2 and SSP pistols came out in the 80's. It was manufactured for over 35 years.

Scott Pilkington's shop is the official service provider for US national airgun teams for World Championship, Olympic, etc. competitions. He is a master, completely familiar inside and out with every high-end air pistol in existence. He was asked on a forum his proverbial "if you could have only one" choice, and he unhesitatingly replied it would be the Feinwerkbau model 65!

A great selection of photos showing details and collectible variations of the FWB 65 are here:

https://forum.vintageairgunsgallery.com/feinwerkbau-pistols/feinwerkbau-modell-65/
« Last Edit: September 13, 2021, 02:13:33 PM by MDriskill »
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2021, 03:12:11 PM »
Thanks for reply and info. I sent the pistol off to D. Slade for a tune up yes ago  and he commented about the grips being rare. I didn't know what he meant. I researched pics of the 65 and could never find another with the black plastic grips.

Thanks again

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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2021, 07:26:14 AM »
Yes, it seems few shooters - even in the more cost-conscious European market - opted for those grips. I think they look pretty sharp though!

Just for giggles, here are the two styles of wood grips for comparison. The gun on the left has the later stippled sport walnut grip. Earlier examples of this grip were checkered, as you can see in the Vintage Airgun Gallery pics.

The other one is a late example of the walnut match grip. Earlier ones have an upward curve to the front of the thumb shelf instead of being flat like this one.

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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2021, 12:09:56 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2021, 12:12:32 PM »

For some reason I'm not allowed to post external links but if you go to the gallery whose address Mike posted above, you can go to Feinwerkbau pistols and at the bottom of that topic is a link to pics of my collection.
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2021, 12:36:41 PM »

For some reason I'm not allowed to post external links but if you go to the gallery whose address Mike posted above, you can go to Feinwerkbau pistols and at the bottom of that topic is a link to pics of my collection.
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2021, 02:51:02 PM »
You need a minimum of 20 posts, to put up pics & links.
Fair enough.

If you Google 'Feinwerkbau Spring Air Pistol Collection' the thread will come up.
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2021, 08:06:28 PM »
Hi Danny, and welcome!

Ignoring the (thankfully temporary) irony of the gent behind the world's finest vintage airgun site not being able to post something here, LOL...here's the link to his remarkable FWB pistol collection:

https://forum.vintageairgunsgallery.com/feinwerkbau-pistols/feinwerkbau-spring-air-pistol-collection/

(I think the early "shorty" with plastic grips is my favorite of the whole bunch!)
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2021, 11:36:26 PM »
Hi Danny, and welcome!

Ignoring the (thankfully temporary) irony of the gent behind the world's finest vintage airgun site not being able to post something here, LOL...here's the link to his remarkable FWB pistol collection:

https://forum.vintageairgunsgallery.com/feinwerkbau-pistols/feinwerkbau-spring-air-pistol-collection/

(I think the early "shorty" with plastic grips is my favorite of the whole bunch!)

Cool, good to see an Englishman posting!  Thatís a collection!
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2021, 02:47:38 PM »
Finally saw a 65 with same grips as mine....thx for posting.

Btw...nice collection
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2021, 06:47:50 PM »
+1 on Danny joining this forum. Besides being a fine gentleman, his airgun gallery and vast knowledge will really enliven the conversations here.
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« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2021, 08:23:34 PM »
Thank you my friends! Nice to see you all. I've actually been a member here since 2015 and occasionally drop in, although admittedly I rarely post.

On the thread subject, these are undoubtedly my all-time favourite air pistols, as I never tire of repeating in forums. I have handled (and sometimes even been privileged to own) hundreds of fine airguns spanning more than a century so I haven't chosen lightly!

Feinwerkbau spring pistols were made with such consistent precision over so many years, to a superb design that changed very little from first to last production.

In the history of manufactured goods there can't be many parallels. Harley Davidson, Airstream, Rolls Royce are names that spring to mind - an illustrious club to be a member of, to be sure!

Mike Driskill is as discerning an airgun collector as I've ever encountered and he clearly agrees. Need I say more?  ;D
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Re: Gentleman's pistol
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2021, 09:31:55 PM »
The only downside to this pistol is try to take it apart!  Lol. One complicated design. 
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