Maker: Venus Waffenwerke (D)
Caliber: .22long and lr
Barrel length: 295mm
Oscar Will took over the company from his father and named it Venus WaffenWerk Oscar Will. The company was best known for the introduction of air rifles that look much like the military Mausers from that era, including all kinds of hunting equipment and small caliber weapons. The company continues to prosper under the leadership of Oscar. However after two world wars Oscar looses two sons and retreats to a solitaire existence. In 1920 the German engineer Wilhelm Foss buys the company and continues to run it until 1945 under the name Venus WaffenWerk. It does not gain the full potential it had before the first World War.
The Venus has a relatively large but firm Peabody locking system with an internal firing pin which is powered by a spiral (firing) spring. This Peabody/Martini system is also seen in other similar pistol designs from that period which include ‘Zentrum by Neumann, both the ‘Martini’ and the ‘Record’ by Udo Anschütz. The Venus eventually looses against the cheaper and more modern pistols made by for instance Büchel, Scharfenberg and Langenhan. The Martini system was used by several makers in various forms and is – even to this date – the preferred breech system.
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