Gentlemen. I thought I’d share with you one of the more unusual rifles in my small collection. Made sometime between 1912 and 1915 it is a BSA Model 2 folding pocket .22. They made just over 1,000 of them and mine is just one of two I have ever handled. It was in a very sad neglected state when I got it. The toe of the butt was rotten and the previous owner appeared to have used a heavy grade sand paper to try to clean up the rusty metal work. Regardless of the neglect I bought it. A local furniture restorer carefully cut the rot out of the Italian walnut stock and replaced it with another piece of walnut. I set to work on the metal with the steel wool and oil and got rid of the remaining rust and most of the score marks from the sand paper. I now plan to get it polished and blued.
The rifle is a single shot bolt action with a sliding switch behind the bolt that allows the rifle to fold in to two. When folded the muzzle goes into an indent in the butt. It has a two leaf aperture flip up sight set for 50 and 100 yards. Despite a distinct bulge an inch and a half from the muzzle it is very accurate. A nice small well balanced rifle with lots of life left in it.