Guns & Rifles

Since 1814, James Purdey & Sons have been perfecting the art of the ‘Best’ London gun.

Order a hand-crafted Purdey shotgun or rifle, and you are joining a tradition of gunmaking excellence that goes back nearly two centuries. Our Founder, James Purdey the Elder, was apprenticed as a gunmaker in 1798. After joining Master gunsmith Joseph Manton, he went on to forge a gunmaking dynasty that would surpass all others.

A Purdey ‘Best’ gun is a gun that cannot be bettered. No extra time or expense can bring further improvement. From the very first measurement, it is designed to perfection

Gun fitting

One of the joys of owning a Purdey is the knowledge that, from the very first fitting, every element of the gun has been made entirely for you. When placing your order for a Purdey gun, you set in train a process of hand-crafting that may take up to two years to complete.

The fit

To properly understand your requirements, we’ll arrange to take you to the West London Shooting Ground where we’ve been fitting our customers since the 1930s. There, you’ll be fitted with a ‘try-gun’, and spend time shooting as we take your stock dimensions. The try-gun has an articulated and fully adjustable stock, allowing fine alterations to be made by the instructor, in order to achieve the perfect fit.

If time does not allow, we can take your stock dimensions in the Long Room at Audley House, where we  use an electric try-gun originally devised by Harry Lawrence, to aid the convalescence of King George V. 

When you visit us in Audley House, you will also have the opportunity to select the walnut stock blank that will be used for your gun.

Type of Gun

The first thing you want to consider is what gauge of shotgun you want. There are many types to choose from: 10, 12, 16, 20, 28 or .410. The smaller the gauge, the larger the size (i.e. 12 gauge is a larger cartridge than a 20 gauge).


The barrel length of the gun is another consideration when buying a shotgun. This is reflective of your sport.

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It should always be remembered that the best grade gun is built from the start to the customer's exact requirements. Every detail is studied to suit the shooter

Choose the gun you would like to find out more about

Side by side game gun

Side by side game gun

Our Side by Side guns are built on the famous self-opening system patented by Frederick Beesley in 1880. With the exception of our Hammer guns this system has been in use ever since. 

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Over & under

Over & under

The Purdey family were experimenting with over-and-under designs as far back as 1871, when we created a 16-bore, over-and-under rifle for Aga Ali Shah.

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Double rifle

Double rifle

Our double rifles give absolute confidence, crucial when facing dangerous game. The patented Beesley action allows for fast opening and reloading. 

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Bolt Action Rifle

Bolt Action Rifle

We offer bolt-action rifles based on the Mauser Square Bridge action. Stocked, engraved, regulated and finished entirely to your specification.

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Damascus gun

Damascus gun

Purdey’s all-Damascus gun is a world-first. Yours will be hand-crafted in Hammersmith, using damascene steel alloy forged in Sweden from more than a hundred layers, which gives the distinctive Damascus pattern. 

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Hammer ejector gun

Hammer ejector gun

In 2004, in response to a revival of interest in hammer guns, we decided to reintroduce our ‘bar in iron’ side-by-side ejector.

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View our Brochure

The James Purdey & Sons brochure contains more information on the complete range of guns and rifles we have in production today, including the side-by-side, over-and-under, Damascus gun and Purdey Sporter.

 

You can also read about our double barrel and bolt-action rifles, and the recently re-introduced hammer ejector gun.

 

Find out more on the engraving of best guns, as well as advice on points to consider when commissioning a Purdey gun or rifle.

VIEW OUR BROCHURE

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Our Gunroom team at Audley House in Mayfair would be delighted to meet you and discuss your requirements

The Purdey Brochure

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