I must admit that it has that Eastern Block look to it, but according to Smiths Book the ZENIT name was associated with a German Firm with what appears to be close associations with EMGE and Falke. Relum is not actually a Make of Airgun but a British Importer if the Advert below is to be believed?
I presume that ZENIT "by name" was one of the German Companies that fell into Russian hands after WWII?
These are the only other EMGE's I have so the Rifle was a Surprise to Me as well. I was hoping that You had One and could tell Me a bit about it. I was surprised when You said it was the First You had come across. I have another Odd One here that came from the same Guy as the EMGE and ZENIT. Im just doing a little tidy up on it, then i will give you a look at it.
I can't be sure but I'd say the Em-Ge is a pre-war one. That's because it's marked as "Germany" instead of "Western Germany" as one of the other ones.
Anyway, it seems to be first sold in Sweden, if we can believe the badge "Rud. Unne, Sportaffär, Christianstad". Sportaffär is Swedish for Sports shop. The name of the town, located in Scania in the south of Sweden, is now spelled "Kristianstad", though. The currently dated spelling on the badge actually also points to a relatively early date of manufacture and sale.
That Badge on the Butt is a Nice little Extra, so im glad to hear Your info about it. I hope it is Pre-War Model but it doesnt have the DRGM stamped on it like Franks example, so i cant make any judgement on it myself.
That is a lovely repeater Frank! I was having a look at Dennis Hiller's 3rd edition, AIR PISTOLS book.On page 62 a brochure is reproduced and it contains an exploded view of the Millard Diana Mk IV pistol,(a Zenit copy).Close examination of this wee diagram shows the Diana has been drawn with a magazine-like your Zenit.I wonder if Milbro ever made their Model IV pistol with a mag?Trev
That is a handome trio and nice sampling of a whole family of smaller German springers that were extremy popular. we tend to think of the Diana 27 but there were many of these, the Wageria (sp) and Krico's come to mind as well. Burgo marketed some as well. All were nicely made and finished. they would make a great collecting area.
I have really been impressed with the quality of photography here, You, Mike and Frank have have really made my day. I cannot focus out of my right eye so bought a new complicated camera to compensate but it is no easy thing to learn. As soon as I master it I will start posting..
I would have sworn the bottom gun was a Hungarian, based on the rounded fork tips, and more convincingly, the concetric stock screw/trigger adjustment. I've never seen that detail on anything but an FEG (Relum.)
It's a late 1950's gun from the look of it. Somebody else had a similar vintage 27 and was looking for a replacement sight and his picture looked exactly like mine, so I would think that these past-war Diana's used them. Works very well with my post and bead front sight, BTW. Better than some "modern" style sights I've used.
I missed Your Question, but Mike has covered some of them, plus the MkI Meteors had a Tangent Rear sight and this Anschutz Model 335 (below) as well. I also have a Burgo with an Alloy Tangent sight, and there are others that just Escape My Memory at present.
Would you mind putting these pictures under Grant's thread (Three New German Finds). They are pictures of an Emgee Repeating rifle which I will be restoring sometime in the future, it has the same repeating mechanism as the Emgee Zenit repeating pistol, but slightly larger, the reason I would like it to be seen, is that I'm not sure if the guys were aware that these existed. I also have a couple of pictures of a (Paul Air Shotgun" that I have just resealed for a friend, I will sort them out and send them in another E-mail later.
Many thanks for your help again.
All the best,
Here is an unusual airgun a (Paul air shotgun) which I would think not many people have had the pleasure of handling, I have just finished resealing it for a friend. As you can see the valve mechanism is quite crude but it is very efficient, (looks like it could have been designed by a plumber). As you can see it has a large reservoir and I put about 40 pumps into it which produced 5 shots.
Both Nice Guns. Ive heard of a Paul Air Shotgun, but i dont recall seeing a decent picture of one before and the EMGE Repeater is a New one to Me and very tasty, Lol. I added this Post further down the page on another Recent German Rifle i just got, so maybe Lawrie can Shed a bit of Light on it for Me?
Jim the repeating mechanism works exactly the same as the pistol version, it is an in line magazine, when you break the barrel to cock it, the magazine is spring loaded to drop down in line with the barrel and a pellet is gravity fed into the barrel ready for shooting, I hope this is clear.