The ‘finishing’ of your gun is known as ‘putting together’. It is one of the most complex stages of the build. Putting together is a two-part process, and takes around 75 hours, spread over about three months.
When the gun reaches our finishing shop, it is then a matter of assembling all the intricately crafted wood and metal parts. The finisher in the first half of his finishing must regulate the mechanism of the gun for function and reliability. In the second half of his finishing process, he will concern himself with the look of the gun, namely the final colour and polish of the wood and metal.
Purdey finish their stocks to a high gloss rather than a matt finish. The slakum oil finish Purdey uses is a true oil finish, and is still based on the traditional formula handed down from Ernest Lawrence. Slakum finishing takes up to six weeks, with in excess of twenty coats being applied.
The finisher, on completing your gun, will then take it to our shooting grounds, and test it as if in the field.