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12/11/2019
1856 Tower Pattern Cavalry Carbine

This fine example of an Historical British Military percussion service rifle may be bought without a certificate and displayed at home if required, as it falls into the Antique and Collectable section of our current laws.
It's an 1856 Tower pattern Cavalry Carbine and retains its full range of operations and functions, serving to illustrate the development of the gun, giving the experience of how it felt to handle and use these nearly 200 years ago, made all the more enjoyable because of its extraordinary condition.
These Historical pieces are still about and represent a treasure which can be enjoyed by anyone, they are a valuable part of our military history, and a superb snapshot of a particular time in the development of our military weaponry.

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28/08/2019
Traditional Damascus rust brown finish

One of the jobs we get to do from time to time is a Traditional rust brown finish on Damascus barrels.
This is the old method of bringing a deep and pleasing brown finish to the barrels which showcases the pattern welded detail of the barrel construction.

The process is very labour intensive and takes some considerable time to complete, often dictated by the type and quality of the iron and steel combination of the barrels being treated. The whole process from start to finish needs to be kept on top of, otherwise it's back to square one.
This is a job from the old methods of gun making, and is rarely undertaken because of the costs involved, but is so much more durable than the chemical processes which have replaced them.

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23/05/2019
Convert a BSA to target use

One of our good customers asked us to turn his BSA pre charged T10 which is usually used with a scope, and has no provision for a foresight unit, into a dedicated target rifle for him to use at home.

After a little consideration, and some ingenuity, the result was really pleasing to everyone, the best bit is the ability to turn it back in to the original format without a foresight, and his telescopic sight in a few seconds without any tools.

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