In The Gun Room • The mckay brown
• tuffpak cases
the name McKay Brown and one’s thoughts conjure up that fantastic
full page advert of the pair of round action over and unders on
the rear cover of the Shooting Sportsman Magazine. Like the face
that launched a thousand ships, that one picture must have created
a thousand sales. But the picture doesn’t tell the whole story.
David McKay Brown began his apprenticeship
with the Glasgow company Alex Martin, Ltd. in 1957. However, before
the completion of his indenture, John Dickson & Son of Edinburgh
purchased the company. This proved to be a stroke of good fortune
for the young apprentice. He was kept on by Dickson and finished
his training in the Edinburgh workshop of this great gun company.
Although like other Gunmakers, Dickson’s
gun making era was coming to a close, David McKay Brown completed
his servitude and amassed more than enough knowledge and skill to
start building their famous round action guns himself.
In 1967 he left the employment of Dickson & Son and established
his own company. The quality of his work was so good that a considerable
amount of his early work came from Dickson themselves. Then in 1974,
the first round action guns engraved with McKay Brown were unveiled
to the discerning gun collector.
It had always been his ambition to maintain that exclusive Scottish
design, the round action, and David stayed true to his training.
Using tried and tested traditional methods, his workshop upheld
the Dickson history, quality and degree of craftsmanship in the
McKay Brown guns.
Soon the spark of creativity that marks the man was shown to the
world. When McKay Brown first produced his round action over and
under gun, he combined the best in tradition, creativity and good
looks as well as the balance and handling to make this over and
under the match of any Best Gun in the world today.
that the Dickson trigger plate lock was better suited to the over
and under action than the more common side lock. He said that,
in his opinion, a single fixed mechanism containing both the safety
work and locks, whether with single or double trigger mechanism,
must offer several advantages over the side lock which has the
locks and trigger mechanism separated by the wood of the stock.
This design allows thicker action
walls, maximizing strength with support to replaceable buttresses
and joint pins. He is totally confident that this is not only
the most elegant look in an over and under design, but it is the
most efficient mechanical design also. With its slender curving
fences offering an unobstructed view, the eye is drawn down the
rib, past the muzzles and out to the target.
Keeping with the traditions of the
side-by-side, the over and under is hand-crafted, available in
all bore sizes. It is offered in any configuration of barrel length,
rib, single or double trigger, with custom fitted, hand-selected,
oil-rubbed well-figured walnut stock. The McKay Brown over and
under guarantees to delight its new owner with its exquisite balance
and handling, perfect for wing or competitive shooting.
For further information: David McKay Brown Gunmakers Ltd, 32 Hamilton
Road, Bothwell, Scotland G71 8NA, Tel: 011-44-169-855-3727 Fx:
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