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“Buy the gun, not the name” – that’s a bit of wisdom firearm collectors toss around all the time. It’s good advice, too. There are lots of big-name shotguns out there in lousy condition. When you’re buying, it’s easy to be blinded by  a  famous name — like James Purdey & Sons —  and overlook […]

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The cost of quality…

Time is our enemy. Second to second, minute to minute, it passes the same today as yesterday, last year, and a decade ago. That’s no the case with us. As time passes, we wear out and break down. The same is true with our shotguns. When an old double needs work, getting it repaired right […]

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London is the traditional source of the world’s best shotguns, and for good reason. Boss & Co., Purdey & Sons, Holland & Holland and other makers based their have been making fantastic doubles for over 150+ years. But Best-quality doubles have also come from other parts of the UK and Europe. This 20 gauge sidelock […]

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Here’s an as-good-as-it-gets, best quality James Purdey & Sons double rife. Of the 30,000+ firearms that Purdey has made, fewer than 400 of them have been hammerless double rifles. The one you see here is .303, snap-action underlever, made on a Beesley action and in excellent original condition.  

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Here’s a good look at how Holland & Holland turns out best-quality side-by-side and over/under shotguns today.

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A.A. Brown & Sons is not well known. Even though their Supreme de Luxe double barrel was just named one of the best British guns of the last 60 years, few people have heard of this gunmaker’s name. This is understandable.  Since opening 1938, many of A.A. Brown & Sons’s double barrels have been made for the trade. Through the […]

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If you’ve have cash to spend, now’s a great time to be looking for a double barrel shotgun. There are more fine side-by-sides and over-unders on the market right now than ever before. Of these, this W.W. Greener 28 gauge, best quality side by side is on of the very best. Even though W.W. Greener built […]

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Details…

Best-quality guns are all about the little details – the shape of the drop points, the fit of the forend, the shaping of the fences, and the composition of the engraving. At the Southern a few weeks ago, I saw an unusual gun that hit all these little things out of the park. It was […]

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Who the heck was Guyot?

Shooting sportsman around the world know that there are a lot mysteries in the world of fine firearms, even today when the web makes information so easy to find. One of these mysteries is the gunmaker, or gunmakers, Guyot. Over the years, I’ve come across a bunch of double barrel shotguns with the name Guyot […]

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