BROWNING ARMS CO., BELGIUM
A SCARCE .177 ELECTRIC-POWERED AIR-RIFLE, MODEL 'AIRSTAR 200', serial no. 1214P46NZ02309,
made to Rutten's patent in 1991, with exposed, fixed 16 12in. blued barrel, lift-up breech-block stamped with the 'deer-head' Browning trademark, blued air-chamber railed for a telescopic sight, the side of air-chamber marked 'BROWNING ARMS COMPANY, MORGAN UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q MODEL AIRSTAR 200 CAL 4.5mm' over 'MADE IN BELGIUM PATENT NO 4.899.717 AND OTHER PATENTS PENDING BY RUTTEN S.A. HERSTAL', ambidextrous beech half-stock with charging ports and warning lights in the heel of the pistol-grip and a large plastic covered Ni-Cad battery concealed in the fore-end, much finish remaining throughout, complete with a charging device, untested
Provenance: The Airstar was a good idea but designed at the wrong time. In practice it proved to be noisy, slow to load and very heavy, even compared to the spring operated rifles available at the same time. Cost was also prohibitive, with the initial retail price being over double of the top spring models offered by others. The Airstar's major selling point was its self cocking mechanism, but with the sudden proliferation of pre-charged pneumatics occurring in the early 1990's, the electric cocking design soon passed into history.
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