There has always
been a premium charged by the Best Gunmakers for the smaller gauges.
is extremely difficult to make a gun that is consistently
reliable in both detonation and ejection in the .410 gauge
- to achieve this is the ultimate demonstration of the
Gunmaker’s Art. To do so in the superposed action
requires even more skill.
Due to their scaled-down size, the room for the
firing mechanism is extremely limited. A .410 cartridge requires the same force
to detonate it as a 12 gauge, however, the hammer and springs in the .410 are
1/3rd the size of those in the 12.
My ambition with Charles Boswell Gunmakers was to specialize in these
hard-to build small gauges. The first gun made was a 28 gauge, and I
am pleased to tell you that the proud owner reports a trouble-free First
In fact, shooting his 28 gauge Boswell, he shot
his best score on the 5-Stand ever, with any gauge. I, too, was
very pleased with the way the 28 gauge turned out, which made the
decision to build the .410 that much easier.
This new .410 Boswell is a gun of such quality and rarity I felt it deserved
engraving of equal quality and rarity. So, I chose to have the gun Full
Game Scene engraved, complemented by a deep relief scroll.
I believe that Game Scenes should match the quarry for which the gauge
is used, so this .410 is decorated with Bob White Quail, Red Leg Partridge
and Woodcock. The work was carried out by one of Italy’s finest
and most sought-after engravers, Diego Bonsi. It is, quite honestly,
The photographs shown
here are of the locks and action of the .410 being assembled
and finished in
the Boswell London workshops. Hopefully the gun will be completed
in good time for display at the forthcoming Shows and Exhibitions.
At present, there are 7 Baby Boswells, including
2 pairs, wending their merry way through the workshops. All are small gauges
and equally exquisite.
A Charles Boswell Gunmakers brochure and website, www.charlesboswell.com,
will be available this spring.
For anyone interested in ordering a new gun, due to the dollar-pound
exchange rate, the price now starts at $45,000.00.
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