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This redesigned web site was commissioned in early 2015 and we have tried to make it compatible with as many operating systems and devices as possible without overcomplicating the format or losing sight of its core purpose: to illustrate beautiful guns and cases. If you discover a glitch in the design or even a typo, please do us a huge favour and let us know!

With that out of the way, may we offer you...

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.

 
Upcoming Shows

 

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.
We have every hope to be there again in 2018.

 

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.

This is a wonderful event that we have attended eight times before.
Between the Sporting Arms, Guild of Engravers, Antique Arms and Knifemakers Shows, this is really packed with everything from the finest modern and antique firearms,
through fabulous accessories, exciting outfitters and extraordinary blades
to antique items barely recognizable as such!
There is so much to see, one’s head spins!


Details of this event can be found at the link below.

 

 

Recent Shows

Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition,
Spring 2018


We were really disappointed that due to an illness in the family, we are unable to attend in person in 2017. However this year we made sure to be there and what with the excellent spring weather and well planned shoot, the whole place had a real buzz about it!

As always, the show is held at Deep River Sporting Clays,
Sanford, North Carolina, dates are 28th to 30th April 2017.

We are very proud to sponsor the Black Powder Event
and present awards to the High Gun and Runner Up.

Details of the event can be found at this link


Here are a few photos of our booth.

 

 

 

 

Some Recent Additions To Our Stock List


The lovely Woodward SLE shotgun we have here was restocked by a highly experienced professional, probably within the last 30 years, and they did a beautiful job, removing only the bare minimum of material from behind lockplates and action to maintain maximum strength. Built originally with a PoW grip, the new straight-hand grip required extension of the original triggerguard which has been sensitively engraved to match. The original chopperlump barrels have survived nearly 130 years of use and I think we can forgive the few small marks on their internal and external surfaces. The gun was most likely built as a non-ejector and was converted using the Perkes ejector box, probably by the Makers, in the 1890's. Engraving remains wonderfully crisp on locks, action and barrels and we have not had to do a great deal to the gun other than reproof for 2 ¾" nitro and improve the finish on barrels, furniture and stock.
This gun's fabulous condition coupled with our light touch restoration makes it a very pretty, safe and highly collectable gun for either game or clays.
Presented in its contemporary oak lined case, lined in new burgundy wool baize and fitted with reproduction case labels and some accessories.

See full details here

Although this 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 fiddly.
With its Westley Richards made replacement barrels, rounded action, interceptor sears and new stock, this is a very safe and lovely antique gun for either clays or game but particularly appropriate for upland game.

More details here.

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.
It is significant to note that although this gun was bought as one of a pair of primarily sporting guns, the overall weight and broad flat top rib give the gun a very 'Live Pigeon' feel. The 30" barrels have been TIG sleeved and reproofed 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.

Read full details here.

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 for Leech.
Click here for the more information.
Holland & 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 trade.
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.

For more info Click here

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!

Presented in a brass cornered, leather case with reproduction trade label and some accessories.

More details here:

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.
This coupled with the sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty, safe and highly 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.

More details on this unusual gun here!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Visit our Hand Made Tools and Accessories page for details of our unique Damascus Bodied Snapcaps, Oil Bottles and Striker Pots. You will also find details of our bespoke Engraving Service for these fabulous accessories.

 

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