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Second Hand Focus: Webley Tracker Camo

Second Hand Focus: Webley Tracker Camo

I admired the Webley Hawk MK 2 air rifles with their replacement .177 and .22 barrel system which I never owned but the elegant Osprey full sized side lever rifle was what I wanted. I never did afford one but that design spawned a Target version and several smaller types.

The Webley Tracker was an ultra short compact version of the Osprey in looks (launched alongside the full length Viscount in the early 1980`s), and was an instant hit with hunters. I always wanted the camo version, which was only ever available for 6 months, so now quite rare. Imagine my delight, when I managed to pick one up recently and despite a few knocks, it shoots really well.


Webley`s have that old world British quality and real steel parts if you know what I mean, and at 7.5 lbs weight and 37”, the Tracker makes for a fast handling rifle! Outwardly it looked like an Osprey the internal components were all new and came from the Vulcan breakbarrel model. This had a modified spring piston system with new PTFE washer for consistent power and a rubber damper for a smoother cycling on firing.

This meant the Tracker shot fairly smoothly compared to previous models, and right up to the 12 ft/lbs legal energy limit. Available in both .177 and .22 calibres, .22 is more common so .177s are worth more second hand. Mine’s a .177 luckily so I’m doubly pleased. The barrel is fixed to the action and loaded via a tap system, where I seem to remember there are no seals just good old engineering tolerances to keep it air tight. Bear that in mind this is an area to check for leaks on any second hand buy.

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Cocking is achieved by the small side lever to the right of the action. Grip it, press the release catch and pull down; an anti-bear trap is fitted! It’s a little awkward but you get used to it. As mentioned, all the metalwork has the superb W&S pedigree, deep bluing and very well finished. The firing cycle is still harsh compared to some, and due to the short barrel; it’s loud, however, a good tune up would work wonders. Webley’s triggers were always their downfall, and this one releases at around 4lbs.


The stock, however, is pleasing. It may be only beech with a simple design but it is actually quite comfortable and matches the short stature of the Tracker. As for the camo, it’s a two-tone green and black pattern of large irregular leaf patterns, and I get the impression these varied depending on who sprayed it at the factory!

The older models came with a vented muzzle brake for looks only and held in place by two O-rings - a unique look for the Tracker. The standard rear sight fixture had a covering plate so people were expected to go scope only. One other point of interest concerns the Tracker’s popularity with enthusiasts who wanted to fit an after-market gas-ram, so keep an eye out to avoid that, if you want original spec! As for values, expect to pay £125-£150 for an example in reasonable condition.


In short, brilliant; re-live your youth with a real classic, ultra short, well built and compact little hunter, with all the power and accuracy you would expect from Webley. Yes, the side-lever operation is noisy, but with that super short barrel, and flashy camo pattern timber, this plucky little rifle has great character.


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  • I have a Webley tracker which I have had from a young lad back in the mid 80s and it still shoots crack on to this day and has bagged me hundreds of bunnies over the yrs. It’s the gun that I hold most dear and have so many fond memories of using it, like taking my shadow ( my nephew Ben) out with me when he was knee high to a grass hopper and he insisted to carry the game bag with rabbits in it and he would be absolutely pooped with his red face of determination not to say it’s too heavy as he followed my every step to be rewarded to shoot the tracker when there was an easy shot for him to take at a rabbit. But I’ll never forget his very first kill he had with it, his face lit up with mixed emotions and the pride he had upon his face as he couldn’t wait to get home and tell everyone especially his grandad my father for whom he adored and the pride in his grandads eyes said it all.
    So my tracker one day will belong to Ben when the big man calls my name and Ben can then take his children and Nephews and nieces and experience the pride that I had in watching him on that day and feel the emotion himself.
    But my trackers stock over the years was now starting to look a bit scabby in places on the stock and I had been looking for an original to make my gun shine again and I found one online over the weekend and it now looks absolutely stunning wearing its new wood and will bring pleasure for many more years to come.

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    Jonathan Stones
    15 Apr 2021 at 12:11 PM
  • I have webley osprey. 22 gun but i lost an moveable sight i got that gun in 1986 from England and now a days i have that gun with his real condition but i have lost my moveable scope i need that scope how can i get online please guide me.

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    Sohaib Ahmed
    10 Jan 2020 at 05:07 PM
  • I have got a camouflage stock webley trakker carbine.22 in good condition and am considering selling it,with Bushnell scope but not sure how I go about selling it?

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    Steve Martin
    12 May 2018 at 03:28 PM