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Perfect Gun

The Perfect Gun is our platform to vent, review, educate and inform. We have an opinion and love nothing more than to share it, we'll also invite some friends and colleagues to contribute from time to time. The blog is named 'Perfect Gun' which in itself is objective and derived from a Horton advertising campaign at the turn of the last century. In this blog we'll give our opinion on a variety of topics related to the guns and the sport they are used for. From explaining the idiosyncrasies and terminology used in the trade, reviewing some of the guns we retail, repair and manufacture to comical stories from the trade and field. We hope you enjoy the content, feel free to leave comments.

 
The origins of the over and under

The origins of the over and under

As the title of the post suggests, this short article is about the origins and evolution of the over and under shotgun, I'm not about to start crediting one maker over another for the invention. Howev...
 
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The origins of the straight pull rifle

The origins of the straight pull rifle

Most marketing campaigns will always profess that a design is Brand New and State of the Art, in some cases this is true. However in the case of concept of the straight pull rifle, the idea has be...
 
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How to grade wood on shotguns and rifles

How to grade wood on shotguns and rifles

In June 2018 we posted a short piece on our Chapuis shotgun site about how to grade wood on shotguns. For most people, they like the aesthetics of a nice piece of walnut on any shotgun. You can have a...
 
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Barrel types, what is a chopper lump vs a monoblock?

Barrel types, what is a chopper lump vs a monoblock?

In June 2018, we posted on our Grulla site a short piece around shotgun barrel manufacturing. Why are chopperlump barrels seen in old English, Spanish and German sidelocks and boxlocks so much preferr...
 
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Stock shapes  Straight hand or pistol, which is better and why?

Stock shapes Straight hand or pistol, which is better and why?

A post we did on our Grulla shotgun site in October 2017 is a very useful read for those unfamiliar with the terminology and the benefits of stock shapes on both over and under and side by side shotgu...
 
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The real guns of the Peaky Blinders

The real guns of the Peaky Blinders

Most of you will have either watched or be aware of the hit TV show Peaky Blinders written by Birmingham writer, Stephen Knight (pictured below in our shop). The series has an element of truth ble...
 
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Bit of a scare

Bit of a scare

We recently announced on our Facebook page that we had Sam Sheeran joining us as we embark in the next chapter of W Horton & Sons Gunmakimg history in Birmingham's historic Gun Quarter. While Sam ...
 
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Gilding the Lilly

Gilding the Lilly

We have several customers who come to us with a preconception of what is the best gun, this is often conceived out of myth rather than fact. For example the other day we had a potential Arab client se...
 
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