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Diana's air pistols

April 29 2010 at 6:45 PM

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With thanks to John Griffiths for permission to reproduce these pics from his magnificent Encyclopedia of Spring Air Pistols, pub. Ashlea Publications 2008.



MGR pistol - approx. 1892 to 1914.

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Diana no. 8 - circa 1910 to 1914.

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Diana 1 - 1924 to 1935

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Diana 2 - 1930 to 1938

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Diana 2 pre-War - circa 1938-40, Diana 2 post-War - 1955 to 1983

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Diana 5 Target or Diana no. 5 - 1931 to 1940

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Diana 5 - wood grip 1958 to 1962, grey plastic grip 1962 to early '70s, brown plastic grip early '70s to 1978

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Diana 6 - 1960 to 1978

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Diana mod 5 wood stock 1958-62

May 3 2010, 7:42 PM 

This is the rarest version of the post-War Diana model 5 pistols, made only for four years. This example is in exceptional original condition. With thanks to Mike D for these pics.

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Diana mod 5 DRP (pre-War)

May 5 2010, 12:06 AM 


 
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Diana mod 2 variant

May 6 2010, 4:25 PM 

From John Griffiths:

Looking at the Diana pistols section, there is another variant of the Model 2 that could be added -one that I only found out about fairly recently. This is characterised by a dark walnut chequered grip with NO ridges around the edge, unlike the relatively common post-war gun with a light (beech?) wood grip that has both chequering and ridges. As the former is marked "Made in West Germany" and the latter "Made in Germany" it is reasonable to assume that the walnut grip version came first after the war, before German reunification.

I have only come across a handful of these guns - and only one in the UK and the rest in Germany, which suggests that few were imported here. I assume that any intended for the UK market would have been marked "Original", but those I know of all have the Diana name.

Here is a pic of an example:

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Diana mod 5 post-War wood stock (UK variant)

May 13 2010, 5:42 PM 

With thanks for these pics to John.

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Diana 1 pistol

June 30 2010, 1:42 AM 

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Thanks also to Mick Shepherd of micksguns.com for permission to post these pics:

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Diana mod 10 pistol 1st pattern

June 30 2010, 12:27 PM 

This precision recoilless break barrel pistol was made from 1975 to about 1990. (Source: John Griffiths, Encyclopedia of Spring Pistols 2008)

This example comes in its original case, which is lined with very 1970s-style orange foam rubber and covered with brown vinyl.

It is a first pattern mod 10 and the serial number shows it to be one of the earliest of these pistols ever made. The model 10 has a plastic barrel shroud/cocking aid which rotates 180 degrees to protect your palm from the front sight digging into it when cocking.

This example has a fixed rear sight and an eccentric sleeve adjustable to bear down on the web of the hand for extra stability. The second pattern mod 10 lacked this sleeve, had a rear sight that could be fixed in three positions and a lead weight fixed beneath the barrel shroud.

The barrel weight fixing bolts were drilled through the plastic shroud and created a weakness, so the second model is sometimes encountered with cracks in the shroud at this point.

Note the matt black phosphate finish.

Note the various ways in which the walnut anatomical match grips are adjustable.

Note also the front sight, which has a rotating element which alters the visible width of the post. Quite a few of these pistols turn up with this rotating element missing, but the fixed metal post behind it works perfectly well on its own.

Diana's opposing piston recoil cancellation system ensures that the pistol feels dead to shoot. Its long, low sight base make it feel very pointable, like an extension of your hand. It's quite stiff to cock. The trigger is magnificent.

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Diana mod 10 pistol 2nd pattern

June 30 2010, 12:35 PM 

This version of the mod 10, introduced in January 1977, had a detachable lead weight under the barrel shroud/cocking aid. The rear sight could be moved along the cylinder and lock in three positions. The sight locking bolts screwed into lugs brazed onto the top of the cylinder.

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Diana mod 6 pistol (early pattern)

June 30 2010, 12:41 PM 

This pattern of the recoilless model 6 was made from April 1960 to 1978.

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Another mod 5 pre-War

August 22 2010, 11:41 AM 

With thanks to John for these pics.

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Diana mod 6 with wood stock

August 29 2010, 12:20 AM 

The owners of two of these rare wood-stocked Dianas mod 6 have kindly sent me pics of their pistols (thanks also to Frank and John for facilitating).

The first of these has the serial no.045629 and the date stamp 02 71 (February 1971).

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The second one is an early model, with different sights. Serial number is unknown (for now). It probably dates from the early 1960s. With thanks to Eberhard for the pic.

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Diana mod 6 internals (early and later)

September 16 2010, 4:53 PM 

Some interesting pics here from Frank showing differences between the opposing pistons, springs and timing cogs in the first mod 6 and in the same model a decade on:

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Early Diana mods 6 wood stock (detailed pics)

September 21 2010, 12:21 PM 

With many thanks to Frank for these superb pics.

Both pistols pictured are very early models (serial nos 02292 and 02180), probably made around 1960.

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Another very early Diana mod 6 wood stock

October 23 2010, 7:08 PM 

This one has a very early serial no. and dates from about 1960. With thanks to John G:

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Diana mod 5 pre-War (boxed)

November 4 2011, 9:36 PM 

Many thanks to a UK collector friend for permission to take these pics of his boxed mod 5.

Note that the owner's manual (in English) included with this pistol is the same as the one in the Resources section HERE.



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MGR pistol

July 27 2012, 4:29 PM 

With thanks to Steve for these pics:


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With thanks to Mick Shepherd from micksguns.com for permission to post these pics:




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Thanks to Richard L for this pic.

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Diana 'Boys' model pistol 1930 - 1933

September 21 2012, 7:52 PM 

This all-steel .177 cal smoothbore push-barrel pistol is the earlier variant of the 1933-38 pre-War model 2. Later ones had no goddess stamp on the grips (source John Griffiths).


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Diana mod 8 target pistol

October 22 2012, 1:15 PM 

This very rare pistol was otherwise known as "The Holborn" and the "Diana Target".

With many thanks to Lawrie for these excellent pics:





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Thanks again to Lawrie for these pics, which show more detail of the rear sight.

There are also several that show a reproduction sight Lawrie made for an American collector.


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Diana mod 6 wood stock (boxed)

May 30 2013, 7:22 PM 

These are pretty rare pistols, although not as rare as first thought. But a boxed one is exceptionally unusual. It dates from around 1960. Note the walnut wood grips and the beautifully detailed steel rear sight.

Note also the differences between the hand grip stippling detail and the profile of the fore end tips on the box illustration and the pistol in reality. This is not the first time a factory graphics dept was out of synch with the manufacturing shop floor! The first Walther LP53 brochure springs to mind, which showed wood grips rather than plastic, though none has ever showed up.




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Boxed Diana mod 5 with early manual

November 9 2013, 12:26 PM 

Thanks to Don for these pics.

Note that the owner's manual accompanying this pistol is different to both the one shown in the post above and the scans supplied by Trevor A in New Zealand elsewhere. Instead of blue type heading each page, there is red type proclaiming the new Diana no.5, strongly suggesting it is an earlier manual.



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Diana mod 5 1930s (engraved)

December 16 2013, 1:47 PM 

This highly unusual model 5 is engraved by the British master engraver Don Blocksidge. It's currently for sale on the airgunbbs.com for £475 or very near offer. If anyone's interested in purchasing it, let me know and I'll pass on your details. Thanks to Craig for the pics.




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Diana 1 (boxed)

June 29 2014, 3:57 PM 

With many thanks to Baz for these pics.


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Hy-Score 814 (Diana mod 2)

July 8 2014, 6:49 PM 

With thanks to Jim for these pics.


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Diana mod 5 (pre-WW2 Bergmann arcade version)

July 12 2014, 12:57 PM 

This pistol was attached to an arcade shooting gallery. With thanks to John G for the pic.

See also this thread:

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in which a similar pistol is pictured.



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MGR Tahiti (Gamages)

August 2 2014, 8:16 PM 

With thanks to John G for this pic.

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