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A few weeks ago, I put up this post about James Woodward & Son’s first type over-under shotgun. Now that my life has slowed down a bit (sorry for being aways for so long), lets talk about how these first-type OUs evolved into the later model. Woodward patented their OU in 1913. In all, they built around 300 of these […]

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I’ve been looking at old shotguns for twenty + years now, and the one thing I still love to see more than ever is original color-case hardening, especially when it has had decades to mellow and age. This 12 gauge sidelock by James Woodward and Sons has tons of that kind of color. It also has killer engraving and […]

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Here’s an incredible over under. It’s an all original, nearly new Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector from around 1930. It’s in its original case and it comes with all its original accessories. Double triggers. Straight grip. All that color case hardening. Holy sh!t is right. Ogden Smiths was a fishing tackle company at 62 St. […]

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Symes & Wright, London, Best Quality 20 bore Sidelock Purdey-style OU Shotgun: 28″ barrels, stippled solid rib, 2-34″ chambers choked improved cylinder and modified (.009/.016).   Based on a Purdey-Woodward patent, the finely sculpted rounded bar action is engraved in the finest rose and scroll with vivid case colors.  Single trigger.  Highly figured French walnut pistol […]

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JAMES WOODWARD & SON BEST SXS, SIDELOCK, 12 GAUGE: 26″ BARRELS, LM/F (.016″/.044″) CHOKED – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – AUTO EJECTORS – SPLINTER FOREND – ENGLISH WALNUT TRADEMARK WOODWARD STYLE PISTOL GRIP STOCK – HAND CHECKERED HORN BUTT – SOLID GAME RIB – FULL COVERAGE ROSETTE BOUQUET & MINIATURE SCROLL ENGRAVING ON COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER – ARCADED FENCES – EXCELLENT CONDITION – STRONG CASE COLOR REMAINING […]

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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 […]

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Here’s something unsual: A hammerless 12g James Woodward & Sons side-by-side shotgun with a second-pattern James Purdey & Sons thumbhole lever. Very odd. This Woodward looks like it’s right around the turn of the 19th century. In it’s day, the action was pretty current technology. But the mechanism that opens it — the Purdey thumbhole lever […]

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I used to work at one of the finest gunshops in the world – New England Arms of Kittery Point, ME. While I was there,  I came across a lot of nice doubles – Purdeys, Holland & Hollands, Fabbris, Flli Rizzinis, etc. Of all them, two stuck in my head as being far above all […]

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In the world of fine shotguns, a Best-quality double is just that: The very best side-by-side or over-under a company could make (or in some cases, the best one they retailed). Best guns were top-of-the-line, and top gunmakers made their best guns in special ways. This was called the “House Style”, and it was applied […]

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The London gun trade has always been a bespoke business. If you wanted it and could pay for it, a gunmaker would build it for you — or in the case of the Henry Atkin O/U you see here, the gunmaker would find someone else to build it for you. Henry Atkin started in the […]

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