I hope you enjoy this excerpt from the Press
Release as much as I was thrilled to receive this prestigious award
on behalf of the Gentleman for whom I built the gun!
Every fall sees the gathering
of fine gun enthusiasts for The Vintage Cup, to contest the World
Side by Side Championships. This year's event was held September
17th - 19th at the superb Orvis Sandanona facility in Millbrook,
Organized by the Order of Edwardian
Gunners or Vintagers, the event is also host to the "Gold Medal
Concours d'Elegance of Fine Guns".
Under the aegis of the Gold Medal
Concours, many of the finest and most historically important shotguns
and rifles are submitted by both the amateur and serious collector
for display and juried selection for a number of awards, according
to type and category.
One of the most prestigious categories
is the Boothroyd "Peoples Choice" named in honor of Geoffrey
Boothroyd, the British writer and authority on fine guns. Chosen
by popular ballot from the visitors to the exhibition, the winning
gun is invited for display at the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax,
The "People's Choice" this
year was the Charles Boswell 28 gauge Over and Under, pinless round
action, sidelock ejector, with 29 inch demi block barrels, choked
modified and improved modified, weighing 5lb and l2oz, featuring
full deep relief,
flowering vine and scroll engraving on action,
barrels, grip cap, heel and toe plates, all bone and charcoal colour
case hardened and complemented by Circassian walnut of exhibition
This is the first of the new Boswells,
a name revived by British Gunmaker Chris Batha. He acquired the
records and goodwill of the Charles Boswell Gunmaker Company in
January of 2004 and began a race against time to attempt to design
and build the gun in time to enter it into the September Gold Medal
Batha personally delivered the gun to each of the individual craftsmen
who worked on the gun and called in every favor to rush it to JFK
for delivery on the eve of the show. Batha says "It could not
have happened without the help and support of many skilled and talented
friends and I owe them all a real big thank you".
A Best London gun of this impressive
quality typically takes 18 to 24 months to build; Batha completed
this gun, from scratch, in 9 months. " It was every bit as
trying, exhausting and exhilarating as having a real baby, creating
this Baby Boswell!" he exclaimed.
The gun was well received by the
media. Well-known author and writer Douglas Tate is committed to
an article for The Shooting Sportsman and will research the history
of the Charles Boswell Gunmaker Company and describe the direction
it will take today and professional gun photographer Terry Allen
is scheduled to photograph the gun.
Only six (6) guns will be made a
year, with a guaranteed delivery time of 12 months or less. Batha
is convinced that this is the only way to ensure both quality and
delivery time and will personally oversee the building of each and
The guns are available in both Side
by Side and Over and Under configurations, in any gauge and Double
Rifles will be available in all calibers. Prices start at $39,500.00.
CBSS Now HAS AN FFL AND IMPORT
Since The Chris Batha Shooting School
(CBSS) has been associated with FAMARS di Abbiatico & Salvinelli,
so many of our customers have been ordering shotguns and rifles
that it just made sense to get the permiting in order to be able
to help expedite the importation and delivery of the guns from Italy.
And now that the Charles Boswell
guns are in full production, we can import and deliver shotguns
and rifles from England as well.
Our services will include: applying
for the ATF Form 6, handling the delivery and importation papers,
processes and taxes and, if appropriate, the insurance and delivery
to your local FFL/ Gun Dealer.
We do not (and will not in the foreseeable
future ) have a retail storefront as we do too many Shooting Schools,
Shows and Wingshooting trips to be onpremise at all times.
We will, however, have a stock of
Demonstrator Guns from FAMARS available for seeing and shooting
by appointment. When we are "On The Road" at the various
Shooting Schools and Shows, we will have these guns with us as well.
These licenses will enable us to
provide more services for our customers and simplify (if the array
of federal forms can be called simple!) the importation process
for us all. If you have any questions or want us to assist you in
this area, just call us, Toll Free at 866-254-2406. We look forward
to working with you in the near future!