Diabolo airgun pellets, any info on its history?


#1

Im working on some articles about airguns.
Im looking for information about the origin of diabolo (waisted) airgun pelletds.
Thanks
Martin


#2

This subject has been discussed on some of the airgun collecting forums previously but without any positive answers.

Birmingham Metal & Munitions Company purchased pellet making machinery in 1911 to make the ‘Adder’ pellet, however these pellets were already in the BSA catalogue in 1909 (see rifleman.org.uk/Images/BSA%2 … alogue.pdf) and I have been told by a collector here in the UK that they were available at least as early as 1905/1906.

Cox & Sons ‘famous air rifle pellets’ ‘best in 1902’ is the earliest advertisement that I have seen. (see here localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk/ … t/bt05.htm)

Kynoch purchased pellet making machinery in November 1900, to make the ‘Match’ and ‘Whitton’ pellets that appeared in their 1901 catalogue. (Anyone have a copy of the catalogue?) This is the earliest British made pellet (as opposed to slug) reference that I know off.

Somewhere in the back of my mind I faintly recall reading something back in the 1970’s saying that the waisted pellet was inspired by the childrens diabolo spinning toy in France. (info on the toy is here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabolo)

Good luck in your research, I’d love to know a verified origin.


#3

I have a copy of the 1901 Kynoch catalogue but it does not list the “Match” and “Whitton” pellets. It does list the “No.1 and 2” Air Gun pellets at £0.1s.0d per 1000 and the “No.3” at £0.1s.6d per 1000. I cannot tell you what is in the 1902-3 catalogue as the “Sundries” page is missing in my copy!

Regards
TonyE


#4

[quote=“tanegashimatomurata”]Kynoch purchased pellet making machinery in November 1900, to make the ‘Match’ and ‘Whitton’ pellets that appeared in their 1901 catalogue. (Anyone have a copy of the catalogue?) This is the earliest British made pellet (as opposed to slug) reference that I know off.
[/quote][quote=“TonyE”]I have a copy of the 1901 Kynoch catalogue but it does not list the “Match” and “Whitton” pellets. It does list the “No.1 and 2” Air Gun pellets at £0.1s.0d per 1000 and the “No.3” at £0.1s.6d per 1000. I cannot tell you what is in the 1902-3 catalogue as the “Sundries” page is missing in my copy!
Regards
TonyE[/quote]
Thanks Tony, are the pellets illustrated?

I misread the entry in CW Harding’s ‘The Birmingham Cartridge Manufacturers’, the entry reads in full;

“In November 1900 the company obtained a number of air gun pellet making machines and the 1901 catalogue indicates these being made in sizes 1, 2 and 3, later to be defined as .177”, .22" and .25". The pellets made by the company were to be named the ‘Match’ weighing 10 grains and the ‘Witton’ weighing 8 grains. These were subsequently added to with the ‘Lion’, ‘Swift’ and ‘Mitre’ pellets."


#5

Thank you very much!
That helps alot.
Martin