Lithgow Slazenger Model 1B

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Lithgow Slazenger Model 1B

Post by bladeracer » 18 Oct 2020, 6:18 pm

Been entrusted with a family friend's rifle. The rifle was originally bought by her father (who lived to be 101 years old), who passed it down to his son-in-law around 1975-ish, as they were the only relatives on the land at that time. He died early last year and she wanted somebody to have his rifle that would appreciate it, and most importantly, return it to the family if any relative decides they would like to have it. So, not directly related to the family here, but they have known each other forever and there is some connection that makes it worth hanging onto in my book.

Just had a close look and test-fired it and it looks like a nice well looked after little rifle. Shooting about 120mm high at 20m with CCI Standard so I'm guessing he only used very subsonic ammo around the farm.
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The rifle bag looks almost as old as the rifle. I Googled Hedley's Sporting Goods Victoria and they seem to have been a large manufacturer of a lot of different things.
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Extractor is a strange setup and is not 100% reliable just yet.
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Re: Lithgow Slazenger Model 1B

Post by animalpest » 18 Oct 2020, 7:51 pm

I have few of that model Lithgow and actually use them pretty well every day.

Back 20 odd years ago, I put a laser sight on one at it was the kids spotlighting rifle. If they put the laser on a rabbits eye shine at 50m, that is were it hit.

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Re: Lithgow Slazenger Model 1B

Post by on_one_wheel » 18 Oct 2020, 7:56 pm

Good to see it's in the right hands, they're a great little rifle.

Mine shoots the same, around 100mm high at 25m with subsonic.

I find it very annoying and have considered modifications to the sights.
I wonder why they were set up like that?
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Re: Lithgow Slazenger Model 1B

Post by marksman » 18 Oct 2020, 7:56 pm

its one of the first rifles l ever shot Blade,
a mates father had it and a stitz single shot that we used to shoot up the local bird life when it wasn't considered a bad thing to do
the slazenger actually filled your hands and felt like a real rifle, that was a long time ago
well worth looking after and hanging onto :thumbsup:

a couple of years ago l was given some rifles from a farmer whose family didn't want them but a grandson popped his head up after a while and l gave them to him as well as some education on safety and hunting :drinks:
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Re: Lithgow Slazenger Model 1B

Post by Bugman » 19 Oct 2020, 11:07 am

One of the first rifles I learned to shoot with. Fond memories of a great little 22.
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Re: Lithgow Slazenger Model 1B

Post by bladeracer » 19 Oct 2020, 12:51 pm

I'll drag the little beastie out for some fun occasionally.

I forgot the close up of the markings.
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According to https://www.lithgowsafmuseum.org.au/comproduction.html#slaz they made a total of 220,000 single-shot rifle, so at 193,000-ish I'm guessing this is probably late-fifties production?
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Re: Lithgow Slazenger Model 1B

Post by BangWhizzClack » 19 Oct 2020, 6:01 pm

Very nice, good of you to be so generous as to hold onto it for them ;)
Isn't it about time we get some gun rights?

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