About a year ago, I decided I wanted to learn to shoot air rifles, with the purpose of controlling house sparrows and starlings on my place, because I build birdhouses and these two species are competitors for our native birds. On a whim, I bought a little cheapo air rifle at Walmart and started learning to shoot it. What I found was that I love target shooting.
Since that time, I've been browsing airgunner sites and trying to learn about air rifles. A couple of months ago, I wanted to upgrade to something more challenging and higher-powered, so I bought a Gamo Big Cat, but I really haven't been too happy with it. It's *okay*, but what I really wanted was a German rifle because they have the best reputation in the business.
A few days ago, I stopped into a nice gun store in Fort Worth to ask if they sell air rifles, and the salesman replied "No, but we have one in the back room". (the back room is a consignment room for their customers to sell guns and the store gets a commission) I asked what brand it was, and he replied "I don't know how to pronounce it" and laughed. I knew that probably meant German.
I asked him if I could look at it, and it was indeed a German air rifle, and it wasn't a brand I was familiar with, but it had the look and feel of fine quality and craftsmanship, and was in excellent physical condition. I could tell is was a fairly old gun by the looks and imprinting on the barrel. It was scoped already with an old Beeman as well. Anyway, I bought it not really knowing what it was, and brought it home, started googling to learn about it, and it turns out that it has one of the finest reputations in the air gun world, and is a model that is sought-after. It's a Feinwerkbau Sport 124. I estimate the year of manufacture to be early 80's, based on the serial number. I paid less for the rifle and scope than the gun usually goes for on the market, and the scope itself sells for around 200 dollars to people who collect older scopes.
Here's a pic of the model, although I haven't taken any of my own yet to post.