In the nineteenth century there were thousands of British gunmakers plying their trade the length and breadth of the land building all qualities of gun and rifle. Gunmakers have dwindled to a very small number today but the nature of the trade has changed from volume production to exclusive best guns only.
British gunmakers have embraced the new technology on offer and by using a combination of CNC machining and new steels allied to traditional gunmaking skills, they are building superb quality guns and rifles to the highest standards. Unlike their competitors, British guns are not entirely built by machine and there is a large element of hand craftsmanship in every example built. Not content to rest on their historical laurels, they have introduced new designs and brought their creations right up to date for twenty-first century requirements. Guns and rifles are all built to the exact specifications of the customer and no two are alike. Each gun is individually made yet designed to embrace modern requirements such as high pheasants, steel shot and so on.
This book shows the great variety of guns and rifles on offer entirely built in Great Britain today and how British gunmakers still continue to lead the world in best quality guns and rifles.
This is the twelfth book on British gunmakers by Donald Dallas, who has written previous definitive histories on Boss & Co., James Purdey & Sons, Holland & Holland, John Dickson & Son, David McKay Brown and Alexander Henry, as well as favoured titles such as The British Sporting Gun and Rifle 1850-1900, Charles Gordon, and Magnificent Madness.
He is an expert advisor to Holts Auctioneers researching provenance — the leading auction house for modern and antique firearms — assisting with cataloguing and offering expert opinion. In 2018 he was awarded the HBSA President's Cup for 'Outstanding Scholarship in the Field of Firearms Research' in relation to the publication of his book Alexander Henry: Rifle Maker.
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Sub Heading No ISBN 9781846892912 Author Donald Dallas in association with Holts Auctioneers Binding Hardback Extent 136 pages, 250 x 290mm Illustrations Colour photographs Ebook No
'As well as being a wonderful addition to any enthusiast's library, this publication, beautifully printed and bound by Quiller Publishing, is a first-rate reference book for any potential buyers of British manufactured, top-end quality, shotguns and rifles' — Gary Creighton, British Country Sports
'The book is illustrated with wonderful colour photographs of these beautiful creations. If my fairy godmother was to invite me to choose my favourite, it would have to be the WW Greener Viking gun, whose decoration is a masterful fusion of medieval and contemporary images of these enigmatic traders, settlers and warriors. Highly recommended. Gun porn at its very best!' — BASC, Shooting and Conservation Magazine
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