Douglas Tate

Douglas Tate

Doug Tate is an Editor at Large for Shooting Sportsman.

Smith & Torok case

Making a Case for Cases

With the days of sliding one’s best gun into a fleece-lined slip and chucking it into the back of an SUV being long gone, casing today’s high-art guns—together with the equipage that comes with them—provides new opportunities for the style-conscious sport.

Left: Robin Brown removes a packed pot from the kiln and heads for the cold-water quench. Right: an action body freshly imbued with color and a hardened surface.

Color Case Hardening

Finishing is a defining element of fine British gunmaking: a dash of scroll on the locks, the deep luster of an oil-rubbed stock and the rich blacking of the barrels. But perhaps even more significant is the color case hardening, which is the icing on the cake and serves to both protect and provide a splash of color where none otherwise would exist.

Buchan’s New Firelock

Buchan’s New Firelock

If you associate Scottish gunmaking with trim round-actions, you are not alone. However, for those who champion a broader view of Caledonian firearms, there is Buchan Guns, which offers both an Italian-style triggerplate over/under and a London-style sidelock designed, built and finished in Scotland.

Bosis Releases the Wild 28

Bosis Releases the Wild 28

The new 28-bore Bosis furthers Italy’s reputation for creating guns that combine harmonious loveliness with unfailing mechanical engineering.

A Decorative-Arms Collection

A Decorative-Arms Collection

There was a time when all the royal palaces of Europe featured a cabinet d’arms displaying everything from swords to sidearms to shoguns in gleaming vitrines. Now an exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art, in Reno, that is timed to coincide with the SCI convention illuminates this lost world.

Longthorne's 28

Longthorne Introduces a 28

Longthorne Gunmakers, the English firm famous for its patented barrel technology, recently complemented its collection of 12-, 16- and 20-bore over/under shotguns with a 28-bore.

A Charles Boswell Quail Gun

A Charles Boswell Quail Gun

Some guns are made to create a brilliant impression in their entirety. Others are intended for detailed delectation engraved in a way that rewards close inspection and insists on their handling and the play of light. The Tallett-engraved Charles Boswell .410 is a rare example of both.