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Fine Modern & Antique Arms - March 2023

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Sale A0323 Lot 25

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PREVIOUSLY THE PROPERTY OF U.S. & EUROPEAN CHAMPION TERRY DOE
A .177 SPORTSMATCH GC2 CUSTOM AIR-RIFLE WITH JOHN WELHAM STOCK, serial no. 190,
manufactured in 1989, with 25 1/2in. blued barrel including muzzle-break, blued receiver with make and model etched on the left hand face in gilt and with integral telescopic sight rail, twist and pull bolt and push cocking piece at rear, unique walnut anatomical right hand thumbhole three-quarter stock designed and produced by John Welham with articulated adjustable tyrolean cheek-piece, adjustable butt-pad, adjustable palm-shelf, finger-grooved grip and adjustable walnut plate to the fore-end, polished brass spacer at rear and large inlet escutcheon to heel of grip, blued under-barrel reservoir (untested), fitted with a custom Leupold Premier 6.5-20x40 telescopic sight restricted to between 10-18 power and fitted with a Premier ranging reticule, in an abs plastic transit case

Provenance: Anyone who has had an interest in air rifles in the last 30 years will need no introduction to Terry Doe. Taking the U.S Open Field Target Championship in 1989 and the European Championship in 1994, both with this rifle, Terry was to win over 200 events in his field target career, eventually retiring from the circuit in 1995.
The rifle, affectionately known as 'Jon-Jon' after the maker John Ford of Sportsmatch and the stock maker John Welham, was given to Terry by John Ford of Sportsmatch with instructions to 'go win the U.S. Open because we need the business!' Terry was completely thrown in at the deep end at his first major abroad, so did what any self respecting Englishman would do and challenged the Americans to a drinking contest the night before the competition! The rest, as they say, is history, with one contender for the title being found comatose on the range the next morning...
Terry later became editor of both Airgun World and Airgunner magazine and also became something of an internet star producing many sporting videos and reviews for social media channels



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Estimate £500-800




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