Update 10th April 2016


Welcome to my April 2016 Update.


As promised a quick message notifying you of the upload of new gun details.


I am most disappointed to inform you all that the Dickson Round Action is NOT going to be at Deep River. The engraver still has not finished all the restoration engraving and so it will be some months before it is back together. A great shame.


Latest Additions to the Stock List


J Purdey & Sons 12b  ‘Island Lock’ Backaction Hammergun no 12191

A lovely, classic Purdey hammergun with 30” TIG sleeved barrels.


J Blanch & Son 12b Sidelever Backaction Hammergun no 5591

I just love Blanch guns and here you have a classic: sidelever, backaction. What’s not to like?!


Holland & Holland 12g SL with 30” original steel barrels no 20192
Later Royal style gun with baraction locks. Interesting, silver presentation plaque on side of stock.


Holland & Holland 20g SLE with TIG sleeved 26” barrels no 11971
Lovely, early Royal gun with baraction locks. This gun has had an eventful life and now sports a well figured replacement stock and completely new forend equipped with Southgate ejectors.


James Woodward & Sons 12g Hammergun with 29” Damascus barrels no 3417

Snap underlever with backaction locks and probably unique variant on the Purdey Bolt concept. Rather than a bolt that slides back and forth, this gun has a pair of scissor type bolts, hinged at the front that snap into a long bite in the side of the lumps. A very rare beast. Beautifully figured stock and lots of original hardening colour.


Henry Clarke & Son 16g Backaction SLE with 30” TIG sleeved barrels. 4th of our ‘Accipiter’ series.

Originally built as a 12g, this has been my very own ‘go-to’ gun for game and clays over the last 12 months while I explored the proposition of having my late father’s Blanch SLE rebarrelled as a 16b. I have to say I have been won over by the delightful, steady handling of this gun and my clay scores and game shooting averages have been a revelation. There is no doubt now that I will get the work done on the Blanch to mimic the Clarke.


Edwinson Green 20g Hammergun with 28” Damascus barrels and replacement stock and forend wood.

A lovely little gun, engraved with fine foliate scroll and beautifully restocked. We have just had this gun reproofed for 2 ¾” nitro as it was very close to its upper proof limit.





Most of the guns mentioned above are nitro proofed for a minimum of 2 3/4" cartridges and all are pre-1897.


Lastly a reminder that we now have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heritage-Guns/1456166597974211. Facebook is not everybody’s cup of tea but we will post photos and news there that are not relevant to our main web site pages.


Enjoy your guns and shooting wherever you are!

Toby Barclay


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