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#449261 - 07/04/16 10:32 PM Alphabetic List of Modern British Gun Makers.
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A. A. Brown & Sons http://www.doubleguns.co.uk/

Anderson Wheeler http://andersonwheeler.co.uk/

Atkin, Grand and Lang http://www.agl-uk.com/

Bill Blacker http://www.billblacker.co.uk/index.php

Boss& Co http://bossguns.com/

Boxall and Edmiston http://www.boxallandedmiston.co.uk/

Bozard & Co http://www.bozardandco.com/

Carl Russel & Co http://www.carlrussellandco.com/

Charles Boswell http://www.chrisbatha.com/index.htm

Christian Hunter http://christianhunter.co.uk/

Cogswell & Harrison http://www.cogswellandharrison.com/

David McKay Brown http://www.mckaybrown.com/

Dickson & Macnaughton http://www.dicksonandmacnaughton.com/

E. J. Churchill https://www.ejchurchill.com

Frederick Beesley http://www.frederickbeesley.org/

Gallyon & Sons http://gallyon-and-sons.co.uk/

Holland & Holland https://www.hollandandholland.com/

Holloway & Naughton http://www.hollowaynaughton.co.uk/

J. Rigby & Co https://www.johnrigbyandco.com/

J. Roberts & Son http://www.jroberts-gunmakers.co.uk/

James Purdey & Sons. http://www.purdey.com/

Joseph Manton London http://www.josephmantonlondon.com/

K P Reilly http://www.kpreillygunmaker.co.uk/

Longthorne http://www.longthorneguns.com/

Midlands Gun Services http://www.midlandsgunservices.com/

Smith and Torok http://www.smithandtorok.com/

Stephen and Son http://stephenandson-gunmakers.co.uk/

Vintage Guns Co. http://www.vintageguns.co.uk/

W. Horton and Sons http://www.hortonguns.com/

W. W. Greener http://www.wwgreener.com/

Watson Brothers http://www.watsonbrosgunmakers.com/

Webley&Scott http://www.webley.co.uk/Pages/home.html

Westley Richards. https://www.westleyrichards.com/

William and Son https://www.williamandson.com/guns

William Evans http://www.williamevans.com/

William Powell http://www.williampowell.com/
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#449262 - 07/04/16 10:38 PM Re: Alphabetic List of Modern British Gun Makers. [Re: Humpty Dumpty]
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NOTE: This list is imperfect for the following reasons:

1) it includes some companies who are gun traders or gunsmiths rather than gunmakers in the strict sense of the term. But they all will make you a bespoke gun if you come to them, I believe.

2) this list is website-biased. That is, I take the presence of an active web site as indication that the maker in question is willing to work with customers who come to them from the street.

For this reason, it misses a number of gunmakers who do not feel it necessary to advertise themselves online (I take it they mostly work for the trade).

It also misses some names that are recorded as gunmakers, but whose web sites are not active. Example is Charles Lancaster. This is deliberate.

BOTTOM LINE: If you have a name to add or to remove to this list, please don't hesitate to comment.


Edited by Humpty Dumpty (07/04/16 10:40 PM)
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#449263 - 07/04/16 10:42 PM Re: Alphabetic List of Modern British Gun Makers. [Re: Humpty Dumpty]
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Another note: the list does not include bespoke stalking rifle makers. This is, as I found out, a world in itself.
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#449270 - 07/05/16 08:12 AM Re: Alphabetic List of Modern British Gun Makers. [Re: Humpty Dumpty]
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Very nice. I am sure many will find it useful.

Thanks,

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#449282 - 07/05/16 09:49 AM Re: Alphabetic List of Modern British Gun Makers. [Re: Humpty Dumpty]
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Humpty: Webley & Scott no longer exists as a BRITISH gunmaker. The Turks apparently bought the name. That's where the guns are being made.

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#449308 - 07/05/16 01:38 PM Re: Alphabetic List of Modern British Gun Makers. [Re: Humpty Dumpty]
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Pete M - thank you very much!

L. Brown. Webley & Scott is as British as Wm Evans, Churchill, Powell or anyone else who has their guns made outside the island. If a company has headquarters in Britain, British management and a Brit as gunmaker-in-chief, I can't see what makes it unBritish.
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#449327 - 07/05/16 04:28 PM Re: Alphabetic List of Modern British Gun Makers. [Re: Humpty Dumpty]
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Christian Hunter is selling guns made in America by CSMC (Connecticut Shotgun). Not a British maker. Guns are designed and developed and made in America....Hunter just takes the orders.


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#449351 - 07/05/16 09:55 PM Re: Alphabetic List of Modern British Gun Makers. [Re: Humpty Dumpty]
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canvasback - thank you for your input. But, again, "having guns made by the trade" is an ancient tradition, and in the modern globalized world I don't think it really matters what country the trade is in. My definition of a "British gunmaker" is a shop in Britain where you can go to and have a gun made for you. Like I said above, if I list Powell, Evans and Chirchill, so I ought to list W&S and Christian Hunter as well.
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#449353 - 07/05/16 10:35 PM Re: Alphabetic List of Modern British Gun Makers. [Re: Humpty Dumpty]
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With respect Humpty, you and I differ in our opinion of what makes a British gun maker.

I spent 30 years in the footwear business, during the time of shifting factory locations, from NA and Western Europe to lower cost states around the globe. A shoe made in China or Viet Nam or Indonesion is still a "American" product given that every facet of its design and choice of materials is all controlled by Nike or New Balance or whatever company contracts for that production. The same factories may make shoes for the home market but no one would ever confuse the two products.

Hunter doesn't design or make the guns. Doesn't test them. In fact, Hunter proclaims their American origins and cites and uses CSMC trademarks. To me, that's an American gun, not a British gun.


Edited by canvasback (07/05/16 11:25 PM)
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#449355 - 07/05/16 11:32 PM Re: Alphabetic List of Modern British Gun Makers. [Re: Humpty Dumpty]
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Well, there's a point in what you say. I'll have to check if Christian Hunter guns say "Christian Hunter" or "CMSC" on the barrels. If the latter, he's off the list.
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