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There are a lot of Purdeys on the market today. Some are worked over, some are worn out  and some are overpriced. A lot are of them are all three, and that’s why so many of these guns have been looking for buyers for so long. But every now and then a real legit Purdey pops up. […]

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JAMES PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SIDELOCK 12 GA. SELF-OPENING DOUBLE SHOTGUN, CIRCA 1907: 30” barrels with 2 ½” chambers choked improved modified in both barrels. Automatic ejectors and double triggers. Center rib engraved “J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH’S FLUID PRESSED STEEL”. No “3” engraved on the […]

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W. & C. Scott used to one of the UK’s biggest — and greatest — gunmakers. Founded in 1832 by brothers William and Charles Scott, it joined with P. Webley in 1897 to create Webley & Scott, and they retained the name W. & C. Scott for use on their finest firearms. Up into the 20th […]

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Here’s a gun that gets my heart pumping. Boss & Co made some of the finest shotguns the world has ever seen, and the one you see here is a great example of what makes them so special. If you study it closely, you’ll notice how big and bulbous the fences are. You’ll also see […]

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I don’t need any more hammerguns…I don’t need any more hammerguns …I don’t need any more hammerguns… I need to keep saying this to myself every time I look at this SxS. W. & C. Scotts I  are some my favorite doubles–especially old and original ones like this. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 12/20/2015 […]

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For a while now, some of the finest British shotguns in the world have been built by two German gunmakers. Hartmann & Weiss is located in Hamburg, and their guns are on par with, and maybe better than, the finest side-by-sides and over-unders being built in the UK today. Gerhard Harmann  & Otto Weiss learned gunmaking in […]

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Here’s an interesting image I came across online. It shows Westley Richard’s old London shop, located at 178 New Bond Street in the Mayfair area of the city’s West End – a super swanky part of town. I’m not sure when Westley opened their shop at 178 New Bond Street, but according to the company’s […]

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A Boss is beauty. Side-by-side and over-unders by this maker can be stunning, and the nicest Bosses are some of the finest shotguns ever built in London, the UK, and the world. The pair of Boss & Co. SxSs  you see here is near this top — especially for modern guns. They’re .410s, and they were made in […]

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A friend of mine hates Purdeys. Even though he’s as much of a double dork as I am, he just can’t stand how people fall all over themselves for any shotgun with P-U-R-D-E-Y on the lockplate. I get what he’s saying. I’ve seen guys foam at the mouth for tired, shot out SxSs by this maker and […]

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A couples friends of mine are crazy about muzzleloading Purdeys. Take a look at this one and you’ll see why. James Purdey built 809 double-barrel percussion rifles.  The first was sold in 1827 and the last — 32-bore back action for eccentric Scottish collector Charles Gordon — left Purdey’s in 1896. According to the The Early Purdeys, […]

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