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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

British Shooting Show, February 2019

We are very excited to be exhibiting this February at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
We had heard great reports of the show in its new venue from friends and colleagues who exhibited there
and felt that finally there was a domestic event that we could support.
The show runs from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th February and advance day tickets are only 18 (20 on the day), children under 15 get in free.

Details of this event can be found at the link below.



Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition,
Spring 2019


This coming year's show is to be held on 26th to 28th April and we are really looking forward to it.
If you want a heads up on the guns we will be exhibiting there, be sure to register for Updates as we send out a pretty comprehensive stock list shortly before the event.

As always, the show is held at Deep River Sporting Clays,
Sanford, North Carolina, and we are very proud to sponsor the Black Powder Event
and present awards to the High Gun and Runner Up.

Details of the event can be found at this link

The Vintage Gunners Cup, September 2019

After a hiatus of a couple of years, the 'Vintage Cup' was restarted in 2016
and we have exhibited at the new venue in Maryland the last two years.
Apparently we are off to pastures new in September 2019,
full details of the event can be found at this link.

 

Antique Arms Show, Las Vegas. January 2020

This is a wonderful event that we have exhibited at some nine times before.
However with challenges at home and a UK show planned for February we have regretfully decided to miss it in 2019. Hopefully we will be back again in 2020.


Details of this event can be found at the link below.

 

 

Recent Shows

The Vintage Gunners Cup 2018

After a hiatus of a couple of years, the 'Vintage Cup' was restarted in 2016
and we have exhibited at the new venue in Maryland the last two years.
In 2018 we had a really successful show and sold a surprising number of beautiful old shotguns.
The weather was really nice until Sunday when it got very wet
and naturally the foot fall on the last day was slow.
I was particularly delighted that I found new custodians for the lovely true pair of
 1st Type Holland & Holland Royals complete with their double and single cases.
All in all a great show plus a nice few days staying over with Bob and Barbara Nay of MacNab Fine Firearms at their lovely home in the Virginia mountains.Apparently we are off to pastures new in September 2019, full details of the event can be found at this link.

 

Here are a couple of photos of the event.

 

 

 

Some Recent Additions To Our Stock List

This This gun is in lovely, shootable condition and is a fine example of the bar-in-wood guns that William Powell were famous for. As is common with Powell’s of this period, the gun exhibits an almost complete set of Powell patents including toplever, inlaid strikers and striker extractor mechanism, just missing the forend catch. The all too common shrinkage cracks in the wood bar have been repaired and action bedded into the wood which will hopefully delay their reappearance. With its replacement steel barrels by the famous Pigeon Gun specialist Charles Boswell, this represents a very rare opportunity to acquire a fine hammergun from this innovative era.

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The lovely Woodward SLE shotgun we have here was restocked by a highly experienced professional, probably within the last 30 years, and they did a beautiful job, removing only the bare minimum of material from behind lockplates and action to maintain maximum strength. Built originally with a PoW grip, the new straight-hand grip required extension of the original triggerguard which has been sensitively engraved to match. The original chopperlump barrels have survived nearly 130 years of use and I think we can forgive the few small marks on their internal and external surfaces. The gun was most likely built as a non-ejector and was converted using the Perkes ejector box, probably by the Makers, in the 1890's. Engraving remains wonderfully crisp on locks, action and barrels and we have not had to do a great deal to the gun other than reproof for 2 ¾" nitro and improve the finish on barrels, furniture and stock.
This gun's fabulous condition coupled with our light touch restoration makes it a very pretty, safe and highly collectable gun for either game or clays.
Presented in its contemporary oak lined case, lined in new burgundy wool baize and fitted with reproduction case labels and some accessories.

See full details here

This beautiful bar in wood hammergun is a 16 gauge, made by James Purdey when the hammergun still ruled the game shoot. The engraving is still crisp on the locks and action and the barrels have survived remarkably well considering its 145 years. The antique replacement stock and forend are in very good condition with no cracks in the bar as is so often found in this style of stocking and they show a lovely figure.

Read full details here.

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 for Leech.
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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!

Presented in a brass cornered, leather case with reproduction trade label and some accessories.

More details here:

This WR Pape hammergun, with its game scene vignettes and rounded bar, represents a fine example of the provincial sporting hammergun that were sold in substantial numbers during the period 1865 to 1890's. The Stanton rebounding locks are of high quality and the damascus barrels are in fabulous condition and exhibit very tight bores. The stock and forend are thought to be original and along with nice figure feature the unusual ornate chequering that Pape was associated with.
This coupled with the sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty, safe and highly 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.

More details on this unusual gun here!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Visit our Hand Made Tools and Accessories page for details of our unique Damascus Bodied Snapcaps, Oil Bottles and Striker Pots. You will also find details of our bespoke Engraving Service for these fabulous accessories.

 

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