FN B25 – PAIR OF CUSTOM MADE GUNS

The B25 certainly is one of the most famous O/U Doubles in the world. It was the last great design of firearm inventor John Moses Browning. His intention was, to create a durable and reliable Over and Under Shotgun for a competitive price adapted to mechanical production of the time. The B25 was build since…

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THE GUNS AND GUNMAKERS OF ST. PETERSBURG

A LOOK AT THE LITTLE-KNOWN ARTISANS OF PRE-REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA by Marc Gettemans Little information about Russia’s sporting arms makers of the era of Czars has been written or preserved, and those who attempt to translate what is known from Russian sources must have not only proficiency in the language but also a thorough knowledge of…

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PURDEY FROM THE KING

This story was written by Richard Brewster and published in the Shooting Sportsman under the title “A Father-Son Purdey”: Many thanks to Shooting Sportsman!!! FATHER-SON GIFTS by Richard Brewster   I have given my son Scott two side-by-sides, an L.C. Smith for his 21st birthday and a Nitro Lefever, which I initially loaned him five years…

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MADE IN GDR – GEBR. MERKEL DRILLING

AN UNUSUAL DRILLING Working on a reportage on fine walnut wood, I stumbled upon an outstanding Drilling, made in former German Democratic Republic under the famous brand of Geb. Merkel, Suhl. Owner of this real gem is Ralf Katzenmeier, one of the most important dealer of luxury walnut wood worldwide, who supplied the whole GDR gunmaking…

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ROMINTEN – LEGENDARY STUTZEN

German Master Gunsmith Theo Jung from Lohmar is well-known for his outstanding rifles using Mauser 98 actions. Another typical feature of these rifles are the stocks, which always were made of beautifully marked walnut. One of his best-known models, the ROMINTEN Stutzen, is named after the famous hunting ground of German Emperor Willhelm II in East Prussia,…

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WESTLEY RICHARDS “OVUNDO” OF THE MAHARAJA

Westley Richards of Birmingham is one of the British gunmakers with a great tradition in creating fine guns and rifles. One of their famous models is the so called “OVUNDO”, a double barreled rifle with detachable locks. Thanks to Norbert Wenninger of Feine Jagdwaffen, you can have a look at one of these rare rifles. THE…

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CHARLES GIDDINGS HAMMER GUN

A very nice Hammer Double Gun from Charles Giddings with outstanding game scenes engravings. The fairly light 12 bore has Damascus barrels. This is what the owner wrote about: Charles Giddings was listed as a gunsmith in an 1880 census in upstate New York. Later his son, George, was listed as an engraver, but I don’t think…

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