Giancarlo Pedretti, master engraver and a pioneer in the Italian gun trade, died unexpectedly September 28. He was 69.
For many years Dallas’s Collectors Covey gallery has earned a reputation as being one of the country’s top sources of sporting art. So last year when owner Bubba Wood sold the gallery to Joe and Amy Crafton, there was plenty of curiosity about the direction the business would take.
Purdey No. 22078 will be auctioned as Lot 1400 at Holt’s December 8 sale. Contributed by an anonymous donor, Holt’s will forego all fees and premiums so that the entire proceeds will go to the Charitable Trust.
Pacific Sporting Arms East opened in November in Walled Lake. The new shop’s inventory leans strongly toward guns for competition—which owner John Herkowitz knows plenty about as a longtime competitive shooter.
The catalog entry for the Lefever describes it as “Probably the finest and most important Nineteenth Century American shotgun” and “An iconic Lefever worthy of the most advanced collection.”
Although members of the Merkel family have been making shotguns in and around Suhl as far back as the 16th Century, as Editor at…
Aside from the unique marketing moniker engraved on its rib it’s a pretty standard FH35 with a replacement stock, a few dings and a modest price.
It is the sheer quality of Teague’s thin-wall choke tubes that has seen “best” gunmakers offer them on their new guns. And we’re talking about big names like Purdey, Boss, McKay Brown and Westley Richards, to name a few. Since the company was established, its chokes have been fitted to around 27,000 guns, so they are well proven.
James D. Julia’s fall auction will, for the first time, offer a sale day for shooters, collectors and gun nuts of more “modest” budgets.
Currently the Christian Hunter line includes a boxlock side-by-side and a sidelock over/under, and plans call for a falling-block rifle in the near future.
Much has been written about the death of retail, but William Asprey of William & Son has been quoted as saying that there will always be a future for stores that treat customers as “individuals.”
French guns of the 17th and 18th Centuries displayed a superlative elegance and style that gunmakers of other nations sought to emulate. French firearms…