Webley Osprey , who sold in USA?

Webley Osprey , who sold in USA?

Joined: April 19th, 2001, 6:33 pm

July 13th, 2017, 12:47 am #1

I have a Webley Osprey in .177, and was wondering who sold these besides Beeman in the US? Mine is not Beeman marked so I assume maybe ARH sold the Ospreys?
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Joined: November 17th, 2006, 3:51 am

July 13th, 2017, 1:23 am #2

Only ones I've seen (then again, am not searching for them) were either marked Beeman or un-marked to importer (other than the Webley stamps). Maybe there are ARH stamps...I'vce just not seen them.

Mine was marked Beeman (a .177...although it seems .22's were pretty common); put the iron sights back on it and sold it to a church memeber not too long ago.



Beeman stamped them on the cocking arm....havcen't seen anything but "beeman" or "Webly" stampings, but that doesn't mean others didn't sell them (don't think Beeman had exclusive importation for the full production run).
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Joined: April 19th, 2001, 6:33 pm

July 13th, 2017, 2:17 am #3

I wasn't sure if ARH actually stamped guns, this one just has the standard Webley markings. Maybe even Barnett brought them in like the Spitfire/tracker, but in the Spitfire case they marked them all Barnett.
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Joined: April 18th, 2001, 2:28 am

July 13th, 2017, 10:18 am #4

I have a Webley Osprey in .177, and was wondering who sold these besides Beeman in the US? Mine is not Beeman marked so I assume maybe ARH sold the Ospreys?
I don't believe that Air Rifle Headquarters ever had their own physical mark on their airgun imports, so I would guess that is the source of your Osprey. Beeman's stamps were done at the respective factories and not actually at his shop, of course.

Have always had a soft spot for those Webley side levers! Beautifully made and finished, elegantly styled, ridiculously sturdy air rifles that will last a lifetime.

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Joined: September 22nd, 2000, 7:58 pm

July 13th, 2017, 12:03 pm #5

I had a Barnett Spitfire for a while and always wanted a long gun like the Osprey. The only problem is that they don't seem to be as accurate as most guns. I expect that has to do with the bore being larger than most airguns and pellets not fitting well.

David Enoch
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Joined: April 19th, 2001, 6:33 pm

July 13th, 2017, 12:37 pm #6

Yes, i really like these sidelever webleys. I have the .177 Osprey, .177 Spitfire and a .22 Tracker. I have gas Rams in the tracker And spitfire making them real smooth shooters but they only shoot about 9ftlb which is about right for these. The accuracy on mine re pretty good once I found pellets that work in them well. Besides the old Wasps, mine seem to shoot H&N FTS best.
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Joined: November 17th, 2006, 3:51 am

July 13th, 2017, 9:44 pm #7

I had a Barnett Spitfire for a while and always wanted a long gun like the Osprey. The only problem is that they don't seem to be as accurate as most guns. I expect that has to do with the bore being larger than most airguns and pellets not fitting well.

David Enoch
Could get the one pictured to shoot very well...not fast.

Are right, the old UK barrels did tend to be over size, but less so in .177 than in .22...or at least it's easier to find pellets in .177 that will fit the bore.

Trick for the absolute best accuracy was to find a tin of pellets that would fit into the tap easily but wouldn't drop all the way down the tap (which is slightly tapered). Would see them dropping nearly all the way down to about 1/3 the way down (which indicates they aren't exactly prefectly uniform in diameter). Push each to the end of the tap befor rotataing it closed.

What that seemed to do was "uniform them"...started off their shot-life at the same depth of seating and just about the same diameter.

For normal use, wouldn't bother with the above...just use was would shoot well 'nuff if not "ultimate".

Now I will mention the Osprey had that "piston ring" thing going on (not metal rings...a hard kind of syemnthetic material), and if you let them totally wear out, could beat the head of the piston against eht end of the cylinder.

HAs a kind of big "bumper" at the rear end (on the end cap). With time/age/use, that can harden up/crack/crumble and not act as a shock absorber.

And over a lot time shooting (bought it new in 1981-1982ish and sold it in 2007...but it was pretty much in storage for its last 6-7 years) I broke 3 main springs. Didn't weaken, all of them just eventually snapped off a rear section (3 to 6 coils).

Square stock fore end is not real friendly to the hand in off hand...and that barrel (at least on this one) is really really thick and heavy for an airgun (more like a varmint weight centerfire barrel).

Why was it ut away/stored for 6 -7 years...it bit me...but I realize it's my fault. Stored it in a ragged soft case. Some of the unwraved strings wrapped aound parts of the rifle...and evidently defeated the anti-bear trap....I left my little finger in the wrong place...it bear trapped. Last 1/2" of right "pinky" finger dangling by a 1/8" thread, but it kept circulation and they reattached it. Works, but kind of flexible and a bit numb.

And lastly, although you can't see it in the picture, I craked that stock by rolling an open Jeep over it in the lat 1980's (not WWII vintage...but likey pre-Vietnam vinatage farm-ATV...no doors, no windshield, no hood)...I jumped clear...rifle didn't. Fix was a good one, and you'd miss the repair unless you were looking for it.
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Joined: October 1st, 2010, 1:57 am

July 13th, 2017, 11:11 pm #8

I have a Webley Osprey in .177, and was wondering who sold these besides Beeman in the US? Mine is not Beeman marked so I assume maybe ARH sold the Ospreys?
https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/yrw ... j73JcV0mDq

Well shoot. I guess maybe I can't use Amazon Prime to host photos........

Mark N
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Joined: April 19th, 2001, 6:33 pm

July 14th, 2017, 12:00 am #9

Wow, that's a really nice stock on that one. Is that an Osprey or a Viscount?
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Joined: October 1st, 2010, 1:57 am

July 14th, 2017, 12:30 am #10

It's actually a Tracker Deluxe. I'm rather fond of it. I've been told there's not many in the states.

https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/3iO ... T42BC22E4Y


https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/p6r ... CuUgvHRU7Q

Actually maybe you can still see the pics in my original post? I can:

http://www.network54.com/Forum/79537/thread/1452129675

Please let me know if the pics are there. Thanks,
Mark N
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