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A very warm welcome to Heritage Guns
We are dedicated to the restoration of fine shotguns and their accessories. Using a finely balanced combination of traditional and modern techniques and materials, we work tirelessly to bring these beautiful examples of true craftsmanship back to full working condition.
The Vintage Gunners Cup 2018
After a hiatus
of a couple of years, the 'Vintage Cup' was restarted in 2016.
Unfortunately, we were unable to attend in 2016 due to delays
with a visa but we managed to get there in 2017.
Full details of the event can be found at this link.
Antique Arms Show, Las Vegas. January 2019
As you may be aware,
the hotel where this show has been held for many years is being
redeveloped so the whole shebang has been moved about 400 yards
to the Westgate Resort & Casino (originally the Las Vegas
Hilton). This venue is much more pleasant and spacious and we
were seriously impressed by the layout back in January this year.
by Side Championship and Exhibition,
the show is held at Deep River Sporting Clays,
Some Recent Additions To Our Stock List
20g gun bears the name Frank A Bales, the last of a respected
East Anglian dynasty of sporting retailers 1814-1897, it was without
doubt manufactured by WC Scott & Son. The gun displays Scott
patents and features in nearly every mechanism and guns built
on the action patent no 716 were supplied extensively by Scott
to the whole UK gun trade. Interestingly, although Scott named
guns are common in the USA, there are very few seen in the UK
which illustrates their business model which was to exploit export
markets under their own name but be a major gunmaker 'to the trade'
in the UK, rarely selling guns in the UK as Scott's. The use of
Scott's patented 'Patent Crystal Indicators' is unusual in a 20g
gun as the smaller lock plates make their installation particularly
This Grant is a superb example
of a Best London sidelever hammergun from this highly respected
gunmaker, made when
hammerguns were heading for their zenith in terms of design and
aesthetics. This gun exhibits two interesting transitional features
rarely seen in later guns of this type. The first are the very
obvious large hammers that protrude into the line of site even
when cocked. Many game shots of the time preferred this design
feature as they felt that it aided them in perceiving forward
allowance, while others favoured the 'low, out of sight when cocked'
feature of later guns. The second feature is less obvious and
is the Hodges bolting patent which uses two free floating bolts
to engage with the side projections on the rear lump as well a
single Purdey-like bite. However, even here the patent specification
is partially ignored, as the single Purdey bite should be in the
front lump not the rear. This can be considered as the success
of practicality over specification as a rear bite is mechanically
far superior. The gun was undoubtedly actioned by EC Hodges himself
as shown by the trademark stampings on breech face and action
flats, he being the premier actioner of early centre fire breechloaders
to the London trade.
|Although this gun
bears the name W Leech and Son, a highly respected East Anglian
gunmaker still in existence, it was without doubt manufactured by
WC Scott & Son. The gun displays Scott patents and features
in nearly every mechanism, from the top extension locking bolt and
forend catch to the Patent Gas Check on the breech face. Interestingly,
although Scott named guns are common in the USA, there are very
few seen in the UK which illustrates their business model which
was to exploit export markets under their own name but be a major
gunmaker 'to the trade' in the UK, rarely selling guns in the UK
as Scott's. It has been suggested that this gun may have been supplied
'in the white' to Robertson who brought the locks, action etc together
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& Holland records show that this pair of guns were finished
in 1889 for 'Lambton' but later sold to 'Crisp' and they are lovely
examples of Holland & Holland's 'flag ship' guns. On the back
of the actions is stamped 'JR' which tells us that they were at
least actioned in the workshops of John Robertson, later proprietor
of Boss & Co. It is very likely that Robertson actually completed
these guns in their entirety for Hollands as he was well known for
also screwing and stocking a huge number of guns for the London
Gun no 12320 came to us with its pair, no 12319, but as the barrels had been soft solder sleeved by Westley Richards in 1979 we took our time having them TIG welded to remove the clearly visible joint. In the meantime, work on 12319 moved on and it was completed, with single Leather & Brass case, in time for the September '17 Vintage Gunner Cup. Fortunately, it did not sell and can now be offered as a true pair of very Best guns in a double Oak & Leather case. With their excellent weight, interceptor sears, beautiful stocks and great barrel dimensions, they would make fine target or game gun for the discerning shooter.
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This next gun is a lovely example
of the famous round action shotguns that Dicksons is renowned
for. Complete with damascus barrels and a brand new stock, both
of excellent dimensions, this is another very desirable gun. What
is amazing is it is actually a composition of two quite separate
guns: the barrels and forend of no 4654 and the action of no 4373.
These were brought together sometime in the past but the project
was not really finished. We have spent 18 months making someone's
dream a reality and are most pleased with the results. One interesting
detail are the 'Grouse Chokes', i.e. tighter in the RH barrel,
which, given the gun's Scottish heritage, is satisfyingly appropriate!
This WR Pape hammergun, with its game
scene vignettes and rounded bar, represents a fine example of
the provincial sporting hammergun that were sold in substantial
numbers during the period 1865 to 1890's. The Stanton rebounding
locks are of high quality and the damascus barrels are in fabulous
condition and exhibit very tight bores. The stock and forend are
thought to be original and along with nice figure feature the
unusual ornate chequering that Pape was associated with.
We have become familiar with the cartridges of RST Ltd through the US double gun competitions and exhibitions that we attend and can thoroughly recommend their products. Their range includes many light loads for those shooting classic guns or simply wanting to take advantage of light recoil and improved patterns. For those not able to access CIP standard ammunition, we would strongly recommend the use of the RST Ltd cartridges in our guns, ensuring of course that the correct case length and load is used for the gun in question.
Technical inquiries about RST Ltd cartridges should be addressed directly to them.