Walthers at the Hickory show

Walthers at the Hickory show

Joined: May 27th, 2005, 1:40 am

November 5th, 2017, 4:04 am #1

For this old grumpy collector's money, the best eye candy at the Hickory airgun show, was this marvelous display of eight classic Walther target rifles, that Tom Strayhorn brought. I hope he won't mind my showing them off here:

The overall display:




Older guns on the left side--LG 51, 52, 53, and 55:






Newer ones to the right--another pair of 55's and two stunning LGV's. Check out the double-set triggers on the LGV Tyrolean...airguns just don't get any cooler than that, period:






NOTHING BUT GORGEOUS! Thanks Tom!
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Joined: February 21st, 2005, 12:05 pm

November 6th, 2017, 10:00 am #2

They are getting rarer and rarer.
Where I first saw many of them in the weekend online auctions, now even the standard LG55 are getting thinner on the ground.

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Frank
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Joined: September 4th, 2006, 10:01 pm

November 6th, 2017, 12:58 pm #3

For this old grumpy collector's money, the best eye candy at the Hickory airgun show, was this marvelous display of eight classic Walther target rifles, that Tom Strayhorn brought. I hope he won't mind my showing them off here:

The overall display:




Older guns on the left side--LG 51, 52, 53, and 55:






Newer ones to the right--another pair of 55's and two stunning LGV's. Check out the double-set triggers on the LGV Tyrolean...airguns just don't get any cooler than that, period:






NOTHING BUT GORGEOUS! Thanks Tom!
Thanks for posting these pics. Beautiful display, Tom!

Very interesting LG53 1956 with stock-mounted diopter - first time I've seen one of these transitional rifles I think.

Frank is absolutely right about the supply of these old Walthers drying up, in Germany at least. I monitor eGun.de quite closely and few LG55s/LGVs turn up compared to a few years ago. Hardly any double set trigger models come on the market nowadays and when they do they tend to be the more common LG55 version.
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Joined: June 7th, 2005, 5:04 pm

November 6th, 2017, 9:44 pm #4

For this old grumpy collector's money, the best eye candy at the Hickory airgun show, was this marvelous display of eight classic Walther target rifles, that Tom Strayhorn brought. I hope he won't mind my showing them off here:

The overall display:




Older guns on the left side--LG 51, 52, 53, and 55:






Newer ones to the right--another pair of 55's and two stunning LGV's. Check out the double-set triggers on the LGV Tyrolean...airguns just don't get any cooler than that, period:






NOTHING BUT GORGEOUS! Thanks Tom!
I like these older Walthers, so beautifully made and with remarkable smooth cocking and pleasant shooting manners.
I find their straight back recoil very controllable and thus easier to shoot accurately. I have two of them, an LG55 dst and an LGV 55 with tyro stock.
Thanks for sharing:)
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November 10th, 2017, 11:32 am #5

For this old grumpy collector's money, the best eye candy at the Hickory airgun show, was this marvelous display of eight classic Walther target rifles, that Tom Strayhorn brought. I hope he won't mind my showing them off here:

The overall display:




Older guns on the left side--LG 51, 52, 53, and 55:






Newer ones to the right--another pair of 55's and two stunning LGV's. Check out the double-set triggers on the LGV Tyrolean...airguns just don't get any cooler than that, period:






NOTHING BUT GORGEOUS! Thanks Tom!
I posted this on another forum, where Mr. Strayhorn came back with a couple details I'd missed while looking at them in person!

1. The LG 52M, second from top on the left, also has double-set triggers (VERY rare. The DST unit on the early Walters is quite different from the one used on the LG 55 and LGV, too).

2. The LG 55, second from top on the right, has a one-off factory custom stock. It's ambidextrous, with cheekpieces on both sides. The original owner worked for Walther!
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November 16th, 2017, 2:04 pm #6

For this old grumpy collector's money, the best eye candy at the Hickory airgun show, was this marvelous display of eight classic Walther target rifles, that Tom Strayhorn brought. I hope he won't mind my showing them off here:

The overall display:




Older guns on the left side--LG 51, 52, 53, and 55:






Newer ones to the right--another pair of 55's and two stunning LGV's. Check out the double-set triggers on the LGV Tyrolean...airguns just don't get any cooler than that, period:






NOTHING BUT GORGEOUS! Thanks Tom!
very nice,,, thanks for sharing !!
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December 22nd, 2017, 11:16 pm #7

For this old grumpy collector's money, the best eye candy at the Hickory airgun show, was this marvelous display of eight classic Walther target rifles, that Tom Strayhorn brought. I hope he won't mind my showing them off here:

The overall display:




Older guns on the left side--LG 51, 52, 53, and 55:






Newer ones to the right--another pair of 55's and two stunning LGV's. Check out the double-set triggers on the LGV Tyrolean...airguns just don't get any cooler than that, period:






NOTHING BUT GORGEOUS! Thanks Tom!
Seeing Tom's beautiful Walthers is a Christmas present in itself ! Just wanted to say hi to everyone but great to also see these guns.. If I had it to do all over again I would have collected nothing else, LG 51'a to LGVS's . Should have listened to Tom. Mike, thanks for posting them.

When I got out of the airgun business I kept one gun, an LGVS Jr. It is like they made it for me and it very newish except it needs a seal. Bought one but never gotten around to putting it in. Maybe a new years resolution (:

A few months after getting out I received two more Walthers from someone I dealt with in Germany. I had told him to be on the lookout and our relationship was so good he would buy and ship then email me a price. Always a joy. I got a really fine LG 52 DST, what a little beauty and a 53 DST, both rare as mike pointed out.. The 53 has great metal but some idiot sanded the finish down and oiled it. still a great shooter. I also discovered under the gable two dissembled LG 55's and a bunch of parts that I honestly forgot !@!!

Been busy designing houses, have two underway and another for next year plus now two chromium-cobalt knees, two cadaver inner corneas, and hearing aids !!!! I promised my wife I would retire, again, at 80 ! If I last that long ! LOL

Many good memories here, the best, but I am living proof you can quit! I also answered, literally, what is the one airgun you would keep. I need to put that seal in !

Warmly,

Gaines
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Joined: September 4th, 2006, 10:01 pm

December 22nd, 2017, 11:55 pm #8

The one who got away... most of us are hooked for life. LOL.
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December 23rd, 2017, 1:15 am #9

Seeing Tom's beautiful Walthers is a Christmas present in itself ! Just wanted to say hi to everyone but great to also see these guns.. If I had it to do all over again I would have collected nothing else, LG 51'a to LGVS's . Should have listened to Tom. Mike, thanks for posting them.

When I got out of the airgun business I kept one gun, an LGVS Jr. It is like they made it for me and it very newish except it needs a seal. Bought one but never gotten around to putting it in. Maybe a new years resolution (:

A few months after getting out I received two more Walthers from someone I dealt with in Germany. I had told him to be on the lookout and our relationship was so good he would buy and ship then email me a price. Always a joy. I got a really fine LG 52 DST, what a little beauty and a 53 DST, both rare as mike pointed out.. The 53 has great metal but some idiot sanded the finish down and oiled it. still a great shooter. I also discovered under the gable two dissembled LG 55's and a bunch of parts that I honestly forgot !@!!

Been busy designing houses, have two underway and another for next year plus now two chromium-cobalt knees, two cadaver inner corneas, and hearing aids !!!! I promised my wife I would retire, again, at 80 ! If I last that long ! LOL

Many good memories here, the best, but I am living proof you can quit! I also answered, literally, what is the one airgun you would keep. I need to put that seal in !

Warmly,

Gaines
It is always such a treat when you check in, glad to hear you are doing well and staying active.

Walthers have been a passion of mine for many years and like you my contacts in Germany helped out with my collecting habits.
The good old days are long gone but it is still possible to get them over here, my last two Walthers were found last spring.
The oh so elusive LG52 and the LGV Tyro pictured were just too rare and in such good condition I could not pass them up.
It did not hurt that they were both DST models, a first for me after many years of doing without one.

All the best to you and yours old friend.
Tom
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Joined: May 27th, 2005, 1:40 am

December 25th, 2017, 12:24 pm #10

Seeing Tom's beautiful Walthers is a Christmas present in itself ! Just wanted to say hi to everyone but great to also see these guns.. If I had it to do all over again I would have collected nothing else, LG 51'a to LGVS's . Should have listened to Tom. Mike, thanks for posting them.

When I got out of the airgun business I kept one gun, an LGVS Jr. It is like they made it for me and it very newish except it needs a seal. Bought one but never gotten around to putting it in. Maybe a new years resolution (:

A few months after getting out I received two more Walthers from someone I dealt with in Germany. I had told him to be on the lookout and our relationship was so good he would buy and ship then email me a price. Always a joy. I got a really fine LG 52 DST, what a little beauty and a 53 DST, both rare as mike pointed out.. The 53 has great metal but some idiot sanded the finish down and oiled it. still a great shooter. I also discovered under the gable two dissembled LG 55's and a bunch of parts that I honestly forgot !@!!

Been busy designing houses, have two underway and another for next year plus now two chromium-cobalt knees, two cadaver inner corneas, and hearing aids !!!! I promised my wife I would retire, again, at 80 ! If I last that long ! LOL

Many good memories here, the best, but I am living proof you can quit! I also answered, literally, what is the one airgun you would keep. I need to put that seal in !

Warmly,

Gaines
It's great to see you here!

Hope all of you have a Merry Christmas down in the loveliest village on the plains, and my offer to put that seal in for you still stands, LOL!

Take care!
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