Jurek Percussion Rare and Documented
- Licensing Category: Restricted
Serial # 1 of only 3 pistols built in England by Dr. M.K. Jurek, Birmingham, England. This pistol is in .360" calibre,a modern straight line ignition muzzle loading pistol by Dr. M.K. Juirek on the frame of one of his "Popular" model single shot pistols. The left side of the receiver is stamped,"Muzzleloader No 1",Made by Dr. M.K.Jurek, 10/11 St Mary's Row, Birmingham 4, England" along with Jurek's trademark, a stylized M.J.K. in an oval cartouche. On the left side of the barrel is stamped, "360", over, "20 grs BLACK POWDER", "200 GRS bullet". There are Birmingham proofs on barrel and frame. The barrel is 9.25" long, round without taper. Thumbrest chequered walnut stock and walnut forend. Loading is from the muzzle, to cap the hammer is brought to half cock, the button on the left side of the frame is pressed, the barrel tipped up revealing the nipple to be capped. This SN 1 shows a bright, excellent bore, 95% + original blue, case colors and excellent wood and checkering. This pistol was purchased from a Blackburn policeman called F. Cooper who during the 1960's had been one of the best U.K. pistol shots and who had originally ordered the pistol from Jurek. The last owner imported it into Canada in the 1970's. He used it in a few competitions, loaded with a .38 special hollow based wadcutter 148 grain bullet it was phenomenally accurate. There are several references to Dr. Jurek and his pistols in the literature. Some recent books on Webley touch on his work there designing an eventually abandoned semi-automatic pistol. There is a largely biographical article in the 35th (1981) edition of "Gun Digest" by Jerry Evans.. There is an article, "Jurek Pistols" by A. Morgan, in the March 1986 edition of "Target Gun' and as usual the best technical description is in Die Scheibenpistole by Bruno Brukner & Ott Halfmann, Stuttgart 2004. The Evans article mentioned above shows another M.L. Jurek identical to this pistol muzzle loader No 3, the last pistol ever made by Jurek. A very rare modern percussion pistol being one of only three built with exceptional published information on the history and background of the maker.