If youve been looking for a Feinwerkbau SSP match air rifle, this is the one you want. Feinwerkbau in Germany is well known as one of the leaders in the world of 10-meter competition air rifles and air pistols.Their model 603 was the final version of their recoilless SSP (single-stroke pneumatic) match air rifles, and incorporates everything they learned over the years. After this model, they moved entirely into PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) rifles, which require a compressor or a scuba tank to fill.
Furthermore, this is the last variant of the model 603. The earlier 603s had a non-adjustable compensator (the tube on the side of the receiver) while the later one was adjustable.
The earlier version had a rubber butt-plate instead of the aluminum one, and the earlier one had a straight bottom edge on the stock butt instead of the lovely curve on this final version. I have been shooting and collecting high-quality air rifles since the 1970s, and have decided that its time to thin the herd a bit, as it were. I have two of these, which is excessive by any measure, so one is being offered for sale to someone who will enjoy it as much as I have, and will hopefully treat it as well as I have, so that future generations can also enjoy this wonderful piece of air rifle history. The factory-original bluing is very good indeed, and the only wear I can find in the bluing is on the left side of the receiver where the dry-fire cocking lever has rubbed it a bit. This is visible in one of the detail photos.
The original finish of the stock is in very good condition, but not perfect. This gun was used for benchrest competition before I bought it, and there is visible wear through the finish and exposed wood both where the right hand grips the pistol-grip area, and underneath the forearm, where it sat on the shooters sandbag rest. Again, these are shown in the detail photos. Almost all of the rest of the finish is basically as-new, though. The air rifle functions perfectly.Though I have not replaced the seals in the few years I have had it, the chronograph numbers speak for themselves as to the great condition of the seals. As you can see from the included chronograph numbers, the difference between the highest and lowest velocities is only 6.66 FPS. It still shoots 10 shots thought a hole smaller than 0.20 at 10-meters, though I cannot shoot that well myself anymore. The cocking action is extremely smooth and easy, as it should be. It has full dry-fire capability for practicing, and the trigger is wonderfully light, crisp, and precise. The entire trigger mechanism is also fully adjustable in many ways, to fit your preferences. The butt-plate and cheekpiece are also both adjustable to fit you perfectly, and the barrel weights can be added, removed, or moved, to accommodate your perfect balance point preferences. While recent Olympic air rifle competition has moved to PCP rifles, I find these classic recoilless SSP and spring-air match guns to be preferrable. I like that if I have pellets, I can shoot, and dont have to worry about charging the gun, or having to take the scuba tank to be filled. There is not only a classic design ethic here, but also a simpler, easier approach to recreational shooting. When you hold the rifle, cock it, put a pellet in, close the gate, take aim, and pull the trigger, you will understand why this model is so sought-after, and why people who have them rarely part with them. These are also gaining popularity with recreational shooters, often up to 50+ yards, who like to mount scopes to them for even greater precision, often from bench rests.
This model is relatively easy to scope, with its built-in rails, but I have always been a micrometer sight fan, and have never gone the scope route. It will be packed in an oversized, strong box, with ample padding between the parts and the carton.
In the case of air guns where the trigger guard is attached to the stock instead of to the action, the trigger will be removed, as well. All will be individually wrapped in bubble-wrap, and some assembly will be required when it arrives.You will need some metric Allen wrenches to put it together. The item "Feinwerkbau FWB 603 10-Meter Match Air Rifle, Excellent Condition, Last Variant" is in sale since Wednesday, September 15, 2021. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Air Guns & Slingshots\Air Rifles".store" and is located in Snohomish, Washington. This item can be shipped to United States.