Heritage Guns first exhibited in the United States
in 2004 at the Southern Side By Side Championship in North Carolina,
sharing a large booth with another English gun trader.
Since then they have become regulars
at the Vintage Cup event in Millbrook NY and now plan an increased
presence at US shows including the January 2007 Antique Sporting
Arms Show in Las Vegas and a return to North Carolina in April.
I first met Toby Barclay, who heads
up Heritage Guns, at an early '90's coaching course run by the British
Association of Shooting and Conservation and later at the 2002 Las
Vegas Antique Sporting Arms show where he described to me his restoration
company specialising in guns by lesser know English 'makers.
Little did I expect to see
the lengths to which Toby would go to restore, research and case
these fascinating pieces of sporting heritage.
To take one example of their work:
a John Blanch & Son back action ejector which has been lovingly
restored as a seriously useable sporting tool, cased in relined
Oak & Leather, equipped with Ebony & Brass tools, spare
strikers, Damascus bodied snap caps and, uniquely, a 'Heritage
The 'Companion' is
a historical & technical treatise on an individual gun covering
the makerÕs history, dating, technical specification, patent
history and patents exhibited in the gun. It even includes scans
of the original patent drawings dating back to the mid 19th century
allied with photos of the actual mechanisms.
Of course not all of Heritage Guns'
projects get the full historical treatment, they list many less
exotic pieces, but all their guns have received a major refurbishment
and one can truly say that their products are 'Historic Guns for
the Modern Sportsman'.
The White House, Silver St.,
Kedington, Suffolk CB9 7QG
The Royal Over and Under is available in 12,
20, 28 Bore and .410, with fixed or interchangeable chokes. The
choice of single or double triggers, and a range of barrel lengths
and rib styles are determined by each customer's requirements.
Holland & Holland,
10 East 40th Street,
Suite 1910, New York,
New York 10016
31 & 33 Bruton St.,
London WIJ 6HH
Today's finest shots increasingly appreciate
the balance, handling characteristics and single sighting plane
of the Over and Under.
Holland and Holland has married these
qualities with the classic styling of their sidelock to create the
perfect synthesis of function and elegance.
the earlier Royal guns would certainly recognize the merits of the
Royal Over and Under Game Gun which features the Holland and Holland
patented angle bolting system to give positive locking and reduced
wear. Evolutionary improvements to cocking, striking and ejection
combine to produce a gun of impeachable quality.