A “Best” British Game Gun for the 21st Century

The beautiful over & under twenty bore, from Boxall & Edmiston

The beautiful over & under twenty bore, from Boxall & Edmiston

Gun-making was once the stronghold of the French but, during the 19th century “best” guns, produced by famous London makers surfaced; markedly superior in terms of build quality, looks and handling. The British trade however remained somewhat complacent (cue, a well-known British four wheel drive?) entrenched in building guns the traditional way and eventually only the best of the best were to survive. Dozens of provincial makers went out of business and the only entirely British made “best guns” appeared from London, Birmingham and Edinburgh houses and sadly, priced beyond the reach of the ordinary shooting man and woman.


Clay Pigeon Shooting


How It All Began.

Throughout the late 1800’s shooting live pigeons, released from boxes or, “traps” was an extremely popular sport amongst shooting folk. The use of the live bird for a target was, however, looked upon by many as a barbarous act and was soon outlawed.

For a while the closest thing which matched the live bird was a glass ball filled with feathers. The “trap” was re-designed to throw the glass ball, the shooter taking up his position safely behind the contraption. A man or youth was employed to sit some distance behind the shooter and was responsible for the releasing of the target upon demand; pulling a long piece of rope attached to the traps’ release mechanism, catapulted the ball forward out of the trap. The youth was called a, “puller” and the command used by the shooter to call for his target, “PULL”!


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