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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, September 2020
We are very sad to
relate that this wonderful event is yet another victim of Covid-19
and has been cancelleed for 2020.
Some Recent Additions To Our Stock List
Date of manufacture: 1877This is a superb example of a sidelever hammergun from Stephen Grant. Built as no 2 of a pair for a ‘J Virtue Esq’, it is in really lovely condition with only slight loss of definition in the engraving under the bar.
The bolting is of Edwin Hodges’ design, patented in 1871, and provides three bites for the Purdey like bolt to engage with: one in the rear lump and a further projection on either side forming the other two. It is thought to be simply an attempt to evade the Purdey Bolt patent but it does provide a very firm and safe lock-up. The gun came to us with painfully thin walled barrels and we did not hesitate to commission TIG welded sleeving using carefully selected tubes to give a thicker MWT than has been usual. The hope is that these barrels may future-proof the gun somewhat with the proposed demise of lead ammunition. The 30" barrels have been proofed for 2 ¾” nitro cartridges and this all adds up to a strong gun that is a joy to shoot and should give many years of service on game or clays with normal maintenance. Presented in a contemporary leather and brass, oak lined case with some accessories.
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I have a great affection for Blanch Back-action SLE’s as my father
shot with one from his early 20’s until he retired from shooting
at the age of 85. When I say ‘one’, I mean he used the same gun
for 60 odd years! It may not have seen a huge number of shots but
it certainly saw huge amounts of weather and is still in good
functioning condition in my guncase some 20 years later.
This is a rather unusual Purdey hammergun: built in 1869 as one of a
pair for Lord A St.Maur, it was originally fitted with 31 1/16"
(!) barrels and features a bolstered action and 'island' back action locks. As was often the case, it is fitted with the commonly seen grip safety but we are not sure if it is a later conversion (by Purdey) or a re-spec during the build as there are signs that it was not intended as original. The engraving is fantastically crisp on all the hard metal which is testimony to the high quality of Purdey's hardening. We suspect that the beautiful hammers are vintage replacements as they exhibit rather more case colour than the rest of the gun. This is a serious target or high bird gun and suitable for 'standard' steel: TIG sleeved 2 3/4" nitro, chokes 1/4 & 1/2 (IC/Mod), MWT's in the low 40's, weight 7lb 8oz, balance point 1 ½ " in front of hinge. Delicious, original French walnut stock and forend, LOP 14 7/8" including a 3/4" leather covered recoil pad. Purdey themselves have indicated that the gun might have been ordered for the dual-purpose of game and live pigeon.
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This gun is a fine example of the so-called ‘12/20’ mechanism
designed and patented in 1906 by that prolific inventor, William
Baker. This mechanism was used by a wide swathe of the British
guntrade in their better quality sidelocks and it was a very
successful design. The ‘12/20’ name comes from the writings of Sir
Gerald Burrand who wrote extensively about the gunmakers and their
designs and the name was adopted by several London gunmakers to
describe the model, notably Churchill and Lancaster. It derives
from the inherent strength of the backaction layout of the lock
parts which meant that a gun could be made very strong for its
weight and so could be built lighter, hence the idea of a 12b with
the weight of a 20b. The mechanism also provides an assisted
opening facility if the gun is wholly or partly unfired and is
only cocked when the barrels are closed, meaning the mainsprings
are at rest when the gun is broken or in parts.
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.