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Industry urged to give views on gun laws

27 July 2015

The antiques industry is being called on to take part in a consultation to reform the law governing the sale and ownership of antique firearms.

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Pope’s gun sells at Italian auction

02 April 2013

This exceptional Spanish flintlock sporting gun is dated 1739, but both the gun and case bear the arms of Pope Pius VII, whose papacy was dominated by the Vatican’s troubled relationship with France during the Napoleonic period nearly a century later.

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Guns with a right royal heritage

11 October 2012

Fine and unusual English guns made for Indian princes formed the most lucrative sub-section of Holt’s latest London sale.

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The not-so-humble airgun

18 August 2012

To most people air guns are the low-powered toys that little boys play about with in the back garden, but the air rifle has a surprisingly long history and at one time they were among the most feared weapons on the battlefield.

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The wreck that set Harrison on the search for Longitude

15 June 2009

WHEN John Harrison set about solving the problem of how to measure longitude, the name Association would have held a special resonance for him.

Gun retailers turn auctioneers

15 August 2006

On September 10, Litts, the UK’s largest retailer of sporting guns, is holding its inaugural auction of stock.

Schotten gunning for the country set

09 October 2003

WHEN it comes to the traditional English country house nothing is more redolent of the look of the Victorian and Edwardian periods than the old tack and gun rooms of the country lodge, replete with saddles, whips, boots and mounted trophies such as perch and stag.

Bonhams target country clients in double-barrelled bid

27 August 2002

Ever keen to come up with new auction formats that stimulate the interest of private buyers, Bonhams (17.5/10% buyer’s premium) held their first sale of sporting and ornithological pictures combined with sporting guns at Knightsbridge on August 7-8.

Gun sales proof against summer slowdown

14 August 2002

PROOF that the specialist collector knows no close season was offered in June by Weller & Dufty (15% buyer’s premium), at Birmingham and Wallis & Wallis (15% buyer’s premium), Lewes, who held sales devoted to arms and armour and militaria on consecutive days.

£650 gains entrance to exclusive gun club

26 March 2001

UK: BOXLOCK shotguns are the most common of British fowling firearms and those with bolt-actions are certainly not unusual, but this particular model, left, aroused great interest at Weller and Dufty’s (15 per cent premium) arms and armour auction in Birmingham on March 14.

Ack Ack in an early form

01 January 2001

UK: IN THE days when thousands of game birds would be shot in a morning on the moors by the likes of Walsingham and Ripon, it might have come as a shock to learn that no records of this gun ever making a successful kill existed, even more so when the target was many thousand times the size of your average pheasant.