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A very warm welcome to Heritage Guns

We are dedicated to the restoration of fine shotguns and their accessories. Using a finely balanced combination of traditional and modern techniques and materials, we work tirelessly to bring these beautiful examples of true craftsmanship back to full working condition.

 
Upcoming Shows

The Vintage Gunners Cup, September 2020

We are very sad to relate that this wonderful event is yet another victim of Covid-19 and has been cancelleed for 2020.
We very much hope to be there is 2021.


Full details of the event can be found at this link.

 

 

 

 

Some Recent Additions To Our Stock List

Date of manufacture: 1877

This is a superb example of a sidelever hammergun from Stephen Grant. Built as no 2 of a pair for a ‘J Virtue Esq’, it is in really lovely condition with only slight loss of definition in the engraving under the bar.
The bolting is of Edwin Hodges’ design, patented in 1871, and provides three bites for the Purdey like bolt to engage with: one in the rear lump and a further projection on either side forming the other two. It is thought to be simply an attempt to evade the Purdey Bolt patent but it does provide a very firm and safe lock-up. The gun came to us with painfully thin walled barrels and we did not hesitate to commission TIG welded sleeving using carefully selected tubes to give a thicker MWT than has been usual. The hope is that these barrels may future-proof the gun somewhat with the proposed demise of lead ammunition. The 30" barrels have been proofed for 2 ” nitro cartridges and this all adds up to a strong gun that is a joy to shoot and should give many years of service on game or clays with normal maintenance. Presented in a contemporary leather and brass, oak lined case with some accessories.


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Holland & Holland records show that this gun was finished in 1888 for ‘Vernon’ and it is a very lovely example of Holland & Holland's first 'flag ship' gun.
That the original damascus barrels have survived in functional condition is pretty amazing as most Hollands of this age have either been rebarrelled, sleeved or badly in need of such.
The stocking is thought to be original albeit shortened at some point in the past and the quality of walnut quite breathtaking. We have had the stock lengthened and rebalanced by a highly respected stocker which has brought the stock back to more useable dimensions with a beautifully matched walnut extension.
With its excellent weight and balance, interceptor sears, fine stock and barrel dimensions, this gun would make a superb target or game gun for the discerning shooter.
Presented in its ‘Maker’s Oak & Leather case with some accessories.

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I have a great affection for Blanch Back-action SLE’s as my father shot with one from his early 20’s until he retired from shooting at the age of 85. When I say ‘one’, I mean he used the same gun for 60 odd years! It may not have seen a huge number of shots but it certainly saw huge amounts of weather and is still in good functioning condition in my guncase some 20 years later.
Blanch had a great affinity for back-actions, the vast majority of their sidelocks being such right up to the early days of the C20th and their engraving was also most distinctive. At this time their engraving can be divided into three distinct styles: areas of ‘Creeping Vine’ with foliate scroll, an open pattern with around 70% coverage which adorns this gun; classic bouquet & scroll, about 85% coverage, used mainly on their Grant style sidelever hammerguns and lastly 100% coverage bold foliate scroll on their most ornate guns.
This is a most attractive gun with its bold engraving style and, given its fine balance, interceptor sears and strong stock, it would make an excellent gun for upland game or clays.

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This is a rather unusual Purdey hammergun: built in 1869 as one of a pair for Lord A St.Maur, it was originally fitted with 31 1/16"
(!) barrels and features a bolstered action and 'island' back action locks. As was often the case, it is fitted with the commonly seen grip safety but we are not sure if it is a later conversion (by Purdey) or a re-spec during the build as th
ere are signs that it was not intended as original. The engraving is fantastically crisp on all the hard metal which is testimony to the high quality of Purdey's hardening. We suspect that the beautiful hammers are vintage replacements as they exhibit rather more case colour than the rest of the gun. This is a serious target or high bird gun and suitable for 'standard' steel: TIG sleeved 2 3/4" nitro, chokes 1/4 & 1/2 (IC/Mod), MWT's in the low 40's, weight 7lb 8oz, balance point 1 " in front of hinge. Delicious, original French walnut stock and forend, LOP 14 7/8" including a 3/4" leather covered recoil pad. Purdey themselves have indicated that the gun might have been ordered for the dual-purpose of game and live pigeon.


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This gun is a fine example of the so-called ‘12/20’ mechanism designed and patented in 1906 by that prolific inventor, William Baker. This mechanism was used by a wide swathe of the British guntrade in their better quality sidelocks and it was a very successful design. The ‘12/20’ name comes from the writings of Sir Gerald Burrand who wrote extensively about the gunmakers and their designs and the name was adopted by several London gunmakers to describe the model, notably Churchill and Lancaster. It derives from the inherent strength of the backaction layout of the lock parts which meant that a gun could be made very strong for its weight and so could be built lighter, hence the idea of a 12b with the weight of a 20b. The mechanism also provides an assisted opening facility if the gun is wholly or partly unfired and is only cocked when the barrels are closed, meaning the mainsprings are at rest when the gun is broken or in parts.

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We have become familiar with the cartridges of RST Ltd through the US double gun competitions and exhibitions that we attend and can thoroughly recommend their products. Their range includes many light loads for those shooting classic guns or simply wanting to take advantage of light recoil and improved patterns. For those not able to access CIP standard ammunition, we would strongly recommend the use of the RST Ltd cartridges in our guns, ensuring of course that the correct case length and load is used for the gun in question.

Technical inquiries about RST Ltd cartridges should be addressed directly to them.

 

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