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I am looking for information/history on an English gun maker named John Foster. The Shotgun in question is marked

J. Foster, 7. Duke St Darlington.

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John Foster was a long time gunmaker/gunsmith/barrel sleever. I have seen a few rather nice guns with his name on them. Well finished from probably a Birmingham start, or similar. He retired a few years ago and someone else took over the business.

This should get you closer to him, if you wish.

http://www.johnfostergunmaker.co.uk/

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Thank you Daryl.

I did find the link you provided in my initial google search and sent them an email but did not receive a response. I also found reference to a "John Foster" in Vic Venter's book about the "Scales" Purdey. I was hoping to find out more about this gun maker as I am researching a small bore that he apparently built in 1981 that is quite nice.

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Met him several times at the Vegas gun show and always the gentleman. Great visits and I loved and appreciated his comments and critiques of various arms at the show.


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One of the things he did beautifully was seamless stock extensions with well-matched figure and grain. When he retired, there was no one who could do his quality work on stock extensions, until Mark Larson (now in Vancouver, Washington), a professional artist as well as a lover of guns and hunting, got into this line of work. Now Mark is the man for anyone who wants a beautifully done stock extension with matched figure and grain.


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Foster Gunmakers were (are?) a licensed UK firearms exporter. I used his services to import a Harkom 16 a number of years ago. No problems.


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Originally Posted By: RichardBrewster
One of the things he did beautifully was seamless stock extensions with well-matched figure and grain. When he retired, there was no one who could do his quality work on stock extensions, ....


The Birminghanm gunmaker who more than 40-50 years ago allowed John Foster to visit his gun shop and observe and learn the proper way to sleeve shotgun barrels (and who apprenticed as a stocker at S. Wright & Sons, or Churchill's I cannot remember,60 plus years ago) continues to work well into his mid seventies producing stock work the quality and beauty that others (both retired and still working) in the gun trade tried and try to emulate. From time to time some of this Birmingham gunmaker's shotguns (BLE's) with his name engraved on the action appear at auctions in the UK.

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Here's a nice John Foster gun.




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Pray , who may that be?

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Originally Posted By: salopian
Bushveld ,
Pray , who may that be?



I was wondering the same thing.

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Ted

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