We have been building best quality single and double barrelled sporting rifles since the firm was established in 1814. Like the shotgun, their design and technology evolved throughout the nineteenth century.
Demand for double rifles reached its peak in the 1870s, when big game hunters sought a rifle that offered the security of two independently firing barrels; vital when being charged by angry quarry.
James Purdey the Younger coined the term ‘Express’ to describe his proprietary large calibre rifle. Mr Purdey only allowed the term to be used in reference to rifles with a muzzle velocity of 1,600 feet per second or faster; this, at a time when most bullets travelled on average 600 feet per second more slowly than that.
Our double rifles give absolute confidence, crucial when facing dangerous game; the patented Beesley action allowing for fast opening and reloading.
The performance of our rifles, combined with the graceful Purdey shape and balance makes it, we believe, the finest double rifle in the world.