Beretta 486 Parallelo

Those of us with grey hair likely still remember that the number "486" was used for an Intel CPU chip that preceded the Pentium. For the Beretta 486 Parallelo however this does not mean that the shotgun had a computer chip in it but that it celebrates 486 years of Beretta making guns. Back in ...

Winchester Model 1911 SL and Browning Auto-5

Sometimes people do things that seem OK at the time but discover later on that the action produces long term consequences that were not envisaged and that cause major problems. This was the case for Winchester in their relationship with John Moses Browning. Although Browning had done some work for Winchester designing a number of ...

John Wilkes 12 Gauge Shotgun

John and Tom Wilkes closed their shop located just off London's busy Regent's Street, at 79 Beak Street, in 2003. The shop later became an art gallery appropriately called "The Riflemaker" for John Wilkes was both rifle and gunmaker, and an artist in the best London gun tradition whilst Tom was the business manager. In ...

Thompson Sub-machine Guns

I suspect that it is the secret desire of almost every gun enthusiast to have the opportunity to fire a Thompson sub-machine gun. Winston Churchill was one who was given that opportunity, but there are a lot of others of us just waiting in line. The Thompson sub-machine gun is something of an enigma. It ...

Cased Pair of W.W. Greener Guns

The name of W.W. Greener is one of the best known in English gunmaking. William Wellington Greener was the son of William Greener who was a famous gunmaker and inventor who made guns for Prince Albert, the Prince Consort of Queen Victoria during the golden years of the British Empire. Amongst W.W. Greener's contributions to ...

James Purdey & Sons Cleaning Rod Set

James Purdey & Sons guns and rifles are second to none and of course, being London "Best Guns" they command a price tag commensurate with their reputation and status. For many of us if we were given the choice of owning any shotgun on earth we would choose a Purdey Self Opening gun without so ...