Charles Boswell • The pendragon
Boswell's Newest Shotgun - The Pendragon
There are very
few young men today who are prepared to enter an apprenticeship
of several years to learn what are in truth, archaic and antiquated
skills. This is why the supply of craftsmen able to build and service
a ‘Best Gun’ is slowly dwindling. It is this scarcity
of skilled workmen, along with the ever-increasing cost of materials
that has placed the ownership of a Best London Gun beyond the reach
of the majority of sportsmen.
When I started on the path of building
new Charles Boswell guns, it was my intention to keep them priced
under $45,000.00. I only have the capacity to manufacture a maximum
of 10 Boswells a year, and ,with the exception of the added costs
of custom engraving, have so far been able to keep the price in
that line.. Still, I recognize that there are many sportsman who,
given the chance and the right price, would like to own and shoot
a “bespoke” gun.
The distinguished pedigree of the
Charles Boswell Sporting Shotgun reaches back to the time of such
popular pastimes as live pigeon shooting and game shooting. Then,
as now, there were sportsmen of various backgrounds and depths of
pocket taking part in all these sports. A gun maker would have been
very foolish to build only one type of gun. A brief glance at the
brochures and catalogues of the time show a variety of guns offered
in a variety of prices.
With this more economical
sportsman in mind, I have decided to build a second gun, The Pendragon.
This will first be offered as a 20 gauge Over and Under, entirely
made in England.
For the enthusiast who enjoys both
Clay and Game shooting, The Pendragon model will have that perfect
balance of looks, reliability, balance, handling and tradition,
all keeping true to the aesthetic qualities of a Charles Boswell
The Pendragon Over-and-Under will
retain all the looks and grace of a Charles Boswell gun, its distinctive
and instinctive handling. Yet the new design is highly engineered
- strong and reliable - more than equal to the demands of the client
who likes to shoot both clays and game year- round. To that person
who expects to fire thousands of cartridges throughout the year,
performance is the key to this new design.
Without sacrificing the traditional
good looks of the classic English over-and-under shotgun, The Pendragon
comes in at a price and with the specifications that offers tremendous
scope for the shooter with specific requirements.
Finding a gunsmith in the USA that
can work on a Best Gun can be daunting, so the gun has been designed
for outstanding reliability and ease of maintenance without sacrificing
the instinctive handling that only a bespoke gun possesses.
A Best Gun should truly look like
a Best London Gun in every sense. The Pendragon does… and
to true weight and scale, it is an accurate copy of that icon of
British Gunmaking, the Boss Over and Under, complete with side plates
and the extended forend iron. However, The Pendragon is built on
a completely new ‘v’ spring trigger plate design, and
the entire assembly is easily removed for inspection and cleaning.
The Pendragon features a single non-selective
trigger with either traditional choke (regulated for the chosen
quarry or target), or multi-chokes, fitted before proof by the renowned
choke expert, Nigel Teague. This creates a very flexible gun for
the discerning sportsman.
The Pendragon will be available in
4 models. All as above, with deluxe well-figured Turkish walnut
stock hand-shaped to your dimensions, Prince of Wales grip and Boss
– style, round, push-rod forend, twenty-six point chequering
and all pins and furniture Best London blacked.
Border scroll engraved with black action $25,500.00
Partial scroll engraved with colour-cased action $27,500.00
Full Rose and Scroll engraved with choice of coin or colour-cased
Full game scene engraving - Price on Application.
Build-time is approximately 12 months. A 50% deposit with your order
starts the gun, and, of course, a custom gun fitting is included
at no additional charge.
Charles Boswell Proper British Cartridge
A. All leather,
suede–lined, with a comfortable canvas strap.
Cartridge Bags are designed in the Traditional Payne Gallway style
– wide at the bottom, so they stand on their own, with an
opening large enough that you can reach in and take out a full handful
Now available in two styles.
B. Canvas and leather, in both Russet (shown) and Green.