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WW Greener small action Martini take down .22L
Jul 31st, 2018 at 11:31pm
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Along with the 1873 Maynard that I bought from a friend tonight I also bought this beautiful little WW Greener small action Martini take down in .22L.  Medium weight barrel with a Beeches style post and globe front sight, a windage adjustable barrel sight, and a target adjustable saddle mounted aperture rear sight.  Checkered stocks, steel buttplate, horn forend cap, and a Bakelite pistol grip adaptor.  It has light border engraving on the action.  Very good bore.  It'll be fun to shoot this one too!

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Reply #1 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 7:09am
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That's a very nice rifle with a lot of special features!  I like the windage adjustable rear barrel sight, also the pistol-grip lever attachment.  Nice gun.

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Reply #2 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 7:31am
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Wow, that's a dandy! Most of those will take a LR without any problem, but I'd limit it to standard velocity ammo.
  
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Reply #3 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 9:01am
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What a neat little rifle. I agree with Joe about the neat pistol grip lever attachment. Very unusual. Thanks for sharing.  Dale.
  

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Reply #4 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 10:46am
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That Greener is very nifty!
  

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Reply #5 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 11:24am
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My, but you are busy these days! Another neat one enters the herd. I like that barrel sight, never saw one like that before.
Question for those in the know: Did Greener (or others) often checker the wood on the fore stock and butt stock right up to the metal junction?
Sure seems like a good way for extra chipping out to take place.
  

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Reply #6 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 11:35am
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neat find, especially like the pistol grip adaptor.
thanks for sharing.
  
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Reply #7 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 12:01pm
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calledflyer wrote on Aug 1st, 2018 at 11:24am:
My, but you are busy these days! Another neat one enters the herd. I like that barrel sight, never saw one like that before.
Question for those in the know: Did Greener (or others) often checker the wood on the fore stock and butt stock right up to the metal junction?
Sure seems like a good way for extra chipping out to take place.


Not sure about Greener in particular, but I have seen this method of checkering right up to the metal on other British and European rifles. It would take an experienced checkerer and I'd guess he'd need to work towards the wood to ensure he didn't chip out by working towards the edge while checkering.
  

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Reply #8 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 12:51pm
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Thanks Vall. I'd probably seen it on other rifles and just didn't say anything (to myself or the owner). Anyhow, I spotted it here, and what better place to have an answer, hey?
It would take sharp tools and cutting onto the wood (best practice anyway) to do it, for sure.
  

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Reply #9 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 3:27pm
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The aperture sight is not the original---Greener made their own, see the example shown here. This may be relevant to the checkering question: can you see the old screw holes in the wood where the original sight was fitted?
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Reply #10 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 5:35pm
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It's checkered right up and over the top of the wrist and that all looks original, so there are no holes drilled in the stock for a sight like yours.  I've seen a few of these sights mounted on the back of the action saddle style just like this one.  I'll look at the base assembly and see if it is marked at all.  It's wearing a BSA rotating aperture disc now, but that might have been added to replace an original disc with a single aperture hole on the original lower adjustable base.  These multi hole adjustable rear discs are fairly common in my area and you see them on a lot of target rifles in .22 and on centrefire target rifles (mostly .303 Lee Enfields.)  They are usually marked Parker Hale, but sometimes BSA.
  

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Reply #11 - Aug 2nd, 2018 at 12:36am
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My BSA has checkering both on the forearm and wrist, but nothing like yours. The rear adjustable sight looks to be a Parker Hale #7 or #7A both my BSA martinis are drilled and tapped for that sight. Just wish I could shoot to the potential of these little martinis. Thanks for sharing your pics. Frank
  
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Reply #12 - Aug 2nd, 2018 at 2:10pm
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DWT1885 wrote on Aug 1st, 2018 at 9:01am:
What a neat little rifle. I agree with Joe about the neat pistol grip lever attachment. Very unusual. Thanks for sharing.  Dale.


Years ago I had another .22 small action BSA martini with a much heavier round target barrel and it had the exact same bakelite pistol grip adaptor as this Greener.  I suspect that they were a target shooting accessory (possibly Parker Hale or BSA?) that many shooters added to their baby martini rifles.
  

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