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BSA never actually referred to the first air rifle they advertised after WWI as the ‘1919 Model’. This designation is taken from the sole year of manufacture and is used in this work to describe a transitional model between the pre and post WWI light pattern air rifles. The 1919 Model provides a link between the last of the pre WWI BSA Light pattern air rifles with the between the wars Standard No1 rifles, and for that reason is worthy of study. Manufactured : 1919, approximate serial number range L1 to L1400. The serial number ‘L979’ is located as usual above the two hole trigger block. The more rounded style of 1920s stock was standard by the time L999 was made, once stocks of the pre WWI flat bottom type had been exhausted. See pages 108-110 of John Milewskis ‘The Book of the BSA Air Rifle 1905-1939’. There are no etchings to the cylinder which is correct for this serial number. The stock bolt can be accessed by the removal of the serrated fitted wooden cover. The stock is in lovely condition with only minor age related marks. The pre WWI side button catch on the under lever works as it should. The metalwork is excellent, again with minor surface wear. The price for this rare piece includes UK delivery. AI 723.