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
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.
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.