especially from people whose own guns I have admired over the years when browsing on the various US airgun forums.
I know nothing of this Diana's earlier life except that it was apparently shot competitively (there were sticker 'shadows' all over the RHS of the butt - it was very hard to remove all traces) and that it had some sort of (name?)plate screwed into the LHS of the forend forward of the trigger.
There were shallow dents and depressions all over the edges of the forend and butt, showing that the stock was poorly treated even though the metalwork was for the most part pristine. The grain was also very flat when I bought it but steaming, sanding, oiling and waxing provided depth and transformed it into the beauty you see today.
It's shooting very nicely also. I had one of our great British gunsmiths change the seals. The original ones were intact but age had given them the consistency of a hard cheese with no strength or elasticity. The gunsmith reckoned they would have started crumbling within a hundred shots or so.
This message has been edited by Garvin2 on Oct 6, 2006 2:15 PM