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Richard Barnes is a Purdey-trained action maker who has also worked for Boss & Co., Holland & Holland, and top makers in the UK and Italy.

Today, he builds guns under his own name, and in this video I think he’s shaping up the action on a Purdey/Woodward-style sidelock OU. In today’s CNC/computer-driven age, it’s amazing to see how much handwork Barnes uses to give the action it’s shapes and contours.

2 Responses to “Holy handwork! Shaping up the action on a Purdey-style O/U…”

  1. Hamilton Hackney says:

    So that is what they mean by “sculpted fences.” Pretty amazing!

  2. Gregg says:

    Yeah. It’s crazy to see how he’s actually pealing metal away from the action, one whack at a time.

    It doesn’t look like he’s using any jigs or guides, either. I guess he goes slow and takes his time. It’s not like he can put the metal back.


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