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With that out of the way, may we offer you...
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.
The Vintage Gunners Cup 2017
After a hiatus of a couple of years, the 'Vintage Cup' was restarted in 2016. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend in 2016 due to delays with a visa but this year we managed to get there. Footfall was not huge but there was apparently a huge improvement on last year and there is every hope that things will improve year on year. Those who shot the course said it was beautifully organised, no queues and the targets were challenging but fair. It has to be said that it was very hot, reaching the low 90's on occasion, completely out of character for this time of year but at least it didn't rain!
Here are a couple of photos of our booth:
And another with the lovely Purdey Underlever in the foreground, damascus Dickson Round Action just behind and the great Steve Barnett relaxing in the background:
Full details of the event can be found at this link.
As you may be aware,
the hotel where this show has been held for many years is being
redeveloped so the whole shebang has been moved about 400 yards
to the Westgate Resort & Casino (originally the Las Vegas
Hilton). This venue is much more pleasant and spacious and we
were seriously impressed by the layout back in January this year.
by Side Championship and Exhibition,
We hope to be back in 2018! Looking forward to it!
the show is held at Deep River Sporting Clays,
Some Recent Additions To Our Stock List
The Beesley patent self-opening action as manufactured by Purdey needs no introduction. It has become a byword for very best quality gun design and gunmaking throughout the world and has remained in production from its conception in 1880 to the present day. The gun we have here is a very early example of the patent, apparently only the 11th made. The fences on this gun are quite remarkable, exhibiting high-relief carvings of bunches of grapes and vine leaves. It was built as a non-ejector and is in startlingly good condition for its age which says a lot about the workmanship that went into it. At some point after 1888 it was elegantly converted to ejector using Purdey's normal ejector system and stamped with the workers initials 'FH' and 'PATENT'. The replacement stock and forend is probably more recent and a lovely, highly figured piece of walnut was utilised. The replacement Whitworth steel, thru-lump barrels are not by Purdey even though they carry their name but the workmanship is fabulous and it is thought that these were fitted by someone at the very top level of the London gun trade.
20g gun bears the name Frank A Bales, the last of a respected
East Anglian dynasty of sporting retailers 1814-1897, it was without
doubt manufactured by WC Scott & Son. The gun displays Scott
patents and features in nearly every mechanism and guns built
on the action patent no 716 were supplied extensively by Scott
to the whole UK gun trade. Interestingly, although Scott named
guns are common in the USA, there are very few seen in the UK
which illustrates their business model which was to exploit export
markets under their own name but be a major gunmaker 'to the trade'
in the UK, rarely selling guns in the UK as Scott's. The use of
Scott's patented 'Patent Crystal Indicators' is unusual in a 20g
gun as the smaller lock plates make their installation particularly
William Moore was first recorded
in business as a gunmaker in 1808 and his business continued until
bought by Cogswell & Harrison in 1908. He trained with the
famous Joseph Manton and in turn, trained both Henry Atkin and
Frederick Beesley amongst many other stalwarts of the London guntrade.
|Although this gun
bears the name W Leech and Son, a highly respected East Anglian
gunmaker still in existence, it was without doubt manufactured by
WC Scott & Son. The gun displays Scott patents and features
in nearly every mechanism, from the top extension locking bolt and
forend catch to the Patent Gas Check on the breech face. Interestingly,
although Scott named guns are common in the USA, there are very
few seen in the UK which illustrates their business model which
was to exploit export markets under their own name but be a major
gunmaker 'to the trade' in the UK, rarely selling guns in the UK
as Scott's. It has been suggested that this gun may have been supplied
'in the white' to Robertson who brought the locks, action etc together
Click here for the more information.
| This Turner hammergun is a
great example of the ultra-lightweight guns that he was best known
for. They were made in both hammer and boxlock formats and were
very successful at a time when the fashion for light guns was at
its peak. Turner lightweight guns are well known for their fundamental
simplicity and good quality, weight being reduced by paring away
unneeded wood and metal whilst keeping it where strength was required.
The miniature Stanton rebounding locks are of good quality and the
Damascus barrels have a lovely figure. The cutaway stock is a particular
Turner feature and this gun's beautifully figured timber coupled
with the sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty, safe and
highly 'shootable' gun for either game or clays but especially suitable
for upland game.
For more info Click here
This next gun is a lovely example
of the famous round action shotguns that Dicksons is renowned
for. Complete with damascus barrels and a brand new stock, both
of excellent dimensions, this is another very desirable gun. What
is amazing is it is actually a composition of two quite separate
guns: the barrels and forend of no 4654 and the action of no 4373.
These were brought together sometime in the past but the project
was not really finished. We have spent 18 months making someone's
dream a reality and are most pleased with the results. One interesting
detail are the 'Grouse Chokes', i.e. tighter in the RH barrel,
which, given the gun's Scottish heritage, is satisfyingly appropriate!
This Wm Cashmore BLNE appeared unexpectedly in a rather dilapidated gun case and on closer inspection turned out to be a most interesting example of a special order 'Pigeon Gun'. Complete with file cut rib and standard 2 ¾" chambers, it hid its quality under a 'Plain Jane' cloak and it was only when the wood had been cleaned up and the barrels measured that the truth became apparent. It wears the most startling wood and a very unusual short rib, possibly to increase weight without affecting balance. The action looks like a classic Westley Richards top extension bolting but in fact is the design of action filer, Samuel Mills and the action is stamped with his name internally.
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.