I purchased this Improved Model D from fellow-collector,Nevile Lodge in 1980 for the princely sum of $15NZ .The unusually cut stock rather diminished the rifle's value.It was a skillfully done "customisation" but it's purpose eluded both Nevile and myself.He had bought two such BSA's at Tisdalls Ltd(Wgtn)and was happy to let one join my airgun collection.It was my first pre-Great War BSA! We assumed the stocks of these IMD rifles had been redesigned by Mr William Hazard,Gunmaker,of Auckland,NZ.
In 1981,Myron Kasok(NH,USA) visited me and I traded him this rifle for a Crosman Model 600 CO2 pistol.
After Myron's passing the rifle appeared in a 2003 Rock Island Auction catalogue - as part of Myron's enormous airgun collection. The above photo is from that catalogue.
A Light Pattern BSA IMD Circa 1906
BSA "Standard" Air Rifle-made to Lincoln Jefferies specifications.Circa 1929.
The Genius of George Lincoln Jefferies
W H Hazard was a well-known and respected Auckland gunsmith in the latter years of the 19th century.I've managed to collect some interesting bits and pieces about him on the internet. His obituary of 20/11/1899 gives some idea of the rich and varied life he lived.
Mr Hazard's demise predates Lincoln Jefferies thoughts on repairing to NZ by twelve years.So it is more likely LJ simply "knew of", rather than "knew personally", Auckland's most famous gunsmith.
Mr Hazard had a retail premises in Queen Street(next to A KOHN) and a substantial workshop just west of the main thoroughfare,in Fanshawe St.
"Into each life some rain must fall"-and this was the case on the 28th of June 1894 at the Hazard premises. (On this occasion it was "Golden Rain",some fireworks expert quipped.... )
"Paper Past" notes Mr Hazard had the odd problem with the law and the mail system,supplying customers with their needs!
THAT'S LIFE DEPARTMENT!
AS Captain Bertorelli would have said,"Whadda mistaka to maka!"
In the early 20th Century,Hazard's became the New Zealand distributors of BSA air rifles.
Closed circuit TV catches miscreant attempting to "gunnap" two of Mr Atkins's babies!!
The BSA Airsporter MkII .Circa 1965. One of the nicest air rifles ever designed.