Side-by-Side Guns

Built on the famous Beesley action, our side-by-side game gun has changed little since the 1880s

In search of perfection

James Purdey the Younger was determined to create London best guns that could not be bettered. To that end, he adopted the Beesley action, which has been the choice of kings and nobility for their side-by-side shotguns since.

The Beesley self-opening system was patented in 1880, and has sustained the company ever since. Such was its success, that by the late nineteenth century every crowned head of Europe had become a customer of James Purdey & Sons.

The Purdey self-opening shotgun is available in 12, 16, 20, 28 and .410 bore, on dedicated action sizes.

The Beesley Action

The Beesley Action

The Beesley Action

In 1879, Frederick Beesley, a Purdey stocker, invented the self-opening system that uses the residual energy of the mainspring to open the gun and eject the spent cartridges. Patented the following year, he immediately sold the patent to Purdey; and our side-by-side hammerless guns and rifles have been built on the action ever since.

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.

Calibres

.410, 28, 20, 16, 12-bore on dedicated action sizes

Chambers

2 3/4" & 3" (70 & 76mm)

Barrels

Chopper-lump construction 28", 29", 30" (71cm, 74cm, 76cm)

Chokes

Fixed or Teague choke tubes

Rib

Concave, flat top or Churchill type

Action

Traditional square bar

Ultra round bar

Safety Triggers & Guards

Automatic or non-automatic

Double or non selective single trigger

Flat or beaded edge

Stock

Straight or Pistol grip

Chequered butt or leather covered recoil pad

Heel & Toe pieces

Gold or silver oval

Inlaid gold letters

Engraving & Finish

Traditional fine rose and scroll with colour hardened or bright finish. Additional engraving options on request.

Weights of Guns


12-bore

6lb 6oz (2.94kg) - 6lb 12oz (3.06kg)

 16-bore

6lb 2oz (2.77kg) - 6lb 10oz (3.00kg)

 20-bore

5lb 15oz (2.69kg) - 6lb 4oz (2.83kg)

 28-bore

5lb 2oz (2.32kg) - 5lb 8oz (2.49kg)

 .410

4lb 10oz (2.09kg) - 4lb 12oz (2.15kg)

 

 




Appointments

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

The Purdey Brochure

The Purdey Brochure

Introducing the new range of Purdey clothing and accessories.

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