RUTTEN AIRGUNS, BELGIUM
A SCARCE .177 LEVER-COCKING AIR-RIFLE, MODEL WINSTAR MACH 1 DE, serial no. R01409,
made to Rutten's patent circa 1995, with exposed, fixed 19 3/4in. blued barrel including built-on sound moderator, lift-up breech-block stamped with the company's 'RA' monogram, blued air-chamber railed for a telescopic sight, the side of air-chamber marked 'WINSTAR MACH 1 DE MADE BY RUTTEN AIRGUNS HERSTAL BELGIUM PATENTED ALL OVER THE WORLD', ambidextrous beech half-stock, alloy under-lever concealed in the fore-end and also forming the trigger-guard, much finish remaining throughout and appearing little used and fitted with a Shrike Optical 4x40 telescopic sight
Provenance: When Browning Arms finally gave up on Ruttens first offering, the Airstar 200 (see Lot 14), Rutten's next offering fell to their sister company, Winchester. The Winstar was produced by Rutten initially to use up parts left on hand from the disastrous Airstar project and was actually produced in two models. The early guns only had manufacturer's labels stuck on the fore-end, the later production (as here) had the maker's details stamped on the air-chamber. Despite being a more user-friendly design than its electric cousin, it still suffered from high production costs at a time when people were turning away from spring operated airguns, and again it was short lived.
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