Update 12th January 2015

A very Happy New Year to you all.

Ours was a quiet one shared with a few family members but none the less enjoyable for that.

The Christmas period was very different with a 10 hour dash up to the Isle of Mull to spend the week with close friends. The weather was as one would expect: horizontal rain, bright sunshine, snow, sleet and that was in the first few hours! What more could the Hebrides throw at us? Well, more of the same actually!

Regardless, we had a lovely time with excellent meals cooked by the hostess, bracing walks along the coast and over hills, silly games with the ‘children’ (some aged over 50) and the odd ‘wee dram’!

Young Tilly and Moss the Delinquent Labrador enjoyed the freedom to run unhindered, chase the odd rabbit and be fussed by the real children. Only minor cloud was Tilly discovering the delight of dead crabs on the beach, which she crunched up with relish, and rolling in long dead fish! Once ensconced in front of a roaring fire the smell was eye-watering and she was taken outside and given a very unwelcome bath!


My wife with Moss and Tilly on the hill, high above our host’s cottage, looking north towards the isle of Coll on the horizon.


As you may have heard, at the time of writing the Hebrides and the jumping off point on the Scottish mainland, Oban, is still without power after 3 days. This has been caused by powerful storms that have trashed much of the Scottish west coast and are still causing problems now 5 days on. I am just so glad that we are not still up there. The weather is quite bad enough here.

We are fast approaching my next US show, the Beinfeld Antique and Sporting Arms Show in Las Vegas. This runs from 23rd to 25th January, overlapping for one day with the Shot Show which is also in Las Vegas this year. This is very fortuitous timing and I have high hopes of an excellent turn out of interested gun enthusiasts.

New stock guns that I will have on display include:

Watson & Bros 28g hammergun, a really cute gem;


FT Baker 12g RUL hammergun, damascus and old French walnut, lovely;



Another 28g hammergun, this time by William Evans from Purdey’s;



Henry Atkin 12g Pigeon Gun with 30” steel barrels and 5 Teague Thin-wall chokes;



Also by Henry Atkin, a 12b hammerless sidelock with Purdey’s Thumblever, loads of colour and very crisp engraving.



Also on display will be:

20g Stephen Grant sidelever SLE, cased, totally gorgeous;

E Woods 12g RUL Wildfowling damascus hammergun with 3” nitro proof;

T Murcott 12g damascus toplever hammergun, great damascus;

Perkes Adams 12g BLE, lots of original colour and lovely wood;

H&H 16g Royal with 30” TIG sleeved barrels, built as a Paradox, rebarrelled as a shotgun;

Charles Ingram 12g SLE, great replacement wood and lovely damascus barrels;

And last but certainly not least a H&H Perkes action 12g SLE, rebarrelled by the Makers.


Well, I hope I will see many of you in Las Vegas.

Enjoy your guns and shooting wherever you are,

Very best wishes,

Toby Barclay

Links to show details can be found on our Home Page