Over-And-Under Guns

Perfected by the Lawrence brothers, our over-and-under is unmistakeably a Purdey shotgun
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Over-and-under guns

The Purdey family were experimenting with over-and-under designs as far back as 1871, when we created a 16-bore over-and-under percussion rifle for Aga Ali Shah. Although the first Purdey breech-loading action was built in 1923, these were overly reinforced by modern standards, possibly with an eye to the live pigeon market.

It wasn’t until 1948, and the purchase of James Woodward & Sons, that the modern Purdey over-and-under came into being. Patented in 1913, the Woodward design was famous for being lightweight and exceptionally robust, and the perfect basis for Purdey to refine.

Two Purdey workers, Ernest and Harry Lawrence, worked to modify the Woodward ejector mechanism, redesigning the firing-pins and implementing other improvements which created both the look and design which is at the heart of every Purdey over-and-under built to this day.

Over-And-Under Guns Options

Action Profile


Engraving - Action Finish

Engraving - Extra Finish




Rib Type


Forend type

Action Profile Options

Square Bar

Reinforcement Options


Clip Sides

Third Grip

Engraving - Action Finish Options

Standard Fine Engraving

Coin Finish Rose & Scroll

Colour Hardened Finish

Custom Engraving

Damascus Steel Action

Game Scene

Engraving - Extra Finish Options

Gold Name on Locks

Plain Name On Locks

Gold Name on Barrel

Gold Name on Forend

Gold Serial Number

Pair Marks

Pinless Locks

Triggers Options

Double Trigger

Single Trigger

Beaded Trigger Bow

Flat Trigger Bow

Safety Options

Plain Safe

Gold Safe

Barrels Options

Steel Barrel Material

Damascus steel Barrels

Steel Proof Mark

Lead proof mark

2 3/4 Chamber Proof Marks

Rib Type Options

Solid Rib

Ventilated Rib

Stock Options

Straight Grip

Pistol Grip

Plain Stock No Oval

Gold Inlaid Initials

Gold Oval

Silver Oval

Leather Covered Recoil Pad

Metal Cap

Forend type Options

Slim OU Forend

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