About Us

W Horton & Sons is the midlands premier retail destination for the discerning fieldsports enthusiast. Our broad product and service offering means that you have no need to go anywhere else. We are situated in Birmingham’s historic Gun Quarter and are the only gun shop and country clothing retailer in the city centre. We stock a wide range of new guns from names such as Beretta, AYA, Caesar Guerini, Chapuis Armes, Merkel, Rizzini and Zoli. Also clothing and footwear for Ladies an Gentleman from Laksen, Harkila, Aigle, Le Chameau, Seeland and Woodcock & Snipe. We also manufacture our own selection of bespoke guns to order.

W Horton & Sons believe in good honest customer service, as such why buy gun off the rack if you can have a bespoke gun made for you at no extra cost. We offer this service with AYA, Chapuis, Merkel, Rizzini, Zoli and of course our own guns.

 History

The 'Horton' family has a long history within the Birmingham Gun trade going back to the 1750's with Joshua James Horton.
Son of Joshua, Isaac James Horton was one of the original Birmingham gunmakers who part funded and lobbied Government for the creation of the Birmingham Proof House. Isaacs eldest son, John William Horton designed the Birmingham proof house in 1813.

William James Horton (Grandson of John William Horton) completed his apprenticeship for William Ford back in 1846, he then worked for W W Greener and P Webley before setting up on his own in Birmingham’s Gun Quarter in 1855. William moved the business to Glasgow in 1863 and made some of the finest Scottish boxlocks on the market. William was supplied many of the lower grade guns from his two brother still in the Birmingham trade (Joshua Horton (Actioner) and Joseph Horton (Barrels) who had works in Bagot St in the Birminghams Gun Quarter). Both William and his son (Oliver) registered several patents and made high grade guns for some pretty notable people such as Claude Bowes-Lyon (the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the current Queen of Englands maternal grand father) and even the Queen Mother had a pair of 16b boxlocks gifted to her for her 21st Birthday. Both William and Oliver strongly believed in the very best customer service and craftsmanship, striving to create the “Perfect Gun” and with many Horton guns still in existence and being used across the globe today, some would debate that they succeeded. Oliver had two daughters and sadly, in the 1920’s it was not the done thing to pass on a Gun Making company to a daughter! The stock was sold to Arthur Allen in Glasgow in 1924 and the records were passed to the son of Joseph Horton, James William Horton (who worked as foreman at BSA), the great Grandfather to Steven James Horton (the current custodian and owner of W Horton & Sons). You will also find Kenneth William Horton (Steves father is in the shop most days).


The Future

Steve Horton is reviving the name within the trade and at the foremost is to become known once again for the manufacture of fine sporting guns. Steven is fortunate to have three sons (Harry, James & Isaac), it is hoped that one of these young chaps pick up the reigns and steer the business and the association of the 'Horton' name with the Gun trade into its 3rd millenium. Gunshop Birmingham Gunshop gunshop Birmingham gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop birmingham Rizzini Rizzini Shotgun shotgun gun shop Caesar Guerini AYA Fabarm gun shop browning beretta gunshop Birmingham Birmingham Gunshop Gunshop Birmingham Gunshop gunshop Birmingham gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop birmingham Rizzini Rizzini Shotgun shotgun gun shop Caesar Guerini AYA Fabarm gun shop browning beretta gunshop Birmingham Birmingham GunshopGunshop Birmingham Gunshop gunshop Birmingham gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop birmingham Rizzini Rizzini Shotgun shotgun gun shop Caesar Guerini AYA Fabarm gun shop browning beretta gunshop Birmingham Birmingham GunshopGunshop Birmingham Gunshop gunshop Birmingham gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop birmingham Rizzini Rizzini Shotgun shotgun gun shop Caesar Guerini AYA Fabarm gun shop browning beretta gunshop Birmingham Birmingham GunshopGunshop Birmingham Gunshop gunshop Birmingham gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop birmingham Rizzini Rizzini Shotgun shotgun gun shop Caesar Guerini AYA Fabarm gun shop browning beretta gunshop Birmingham Birmingham GunshopGunshop Birmingham Gunshop gunshop Birmingham gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop birmingham Rizzini Rizzini Shotgun shotgun gun shop Caesar Guerini AYA Fabarm gun shop browning beretta gunshop Birmingham Birmingham GunshopGunshop Birmingham Gunshop gunshop Birmingham gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop birmingham Rizzini Rizzini Shotgun shotgun gun shop Caesar Guerini AYA Fabarm gun shop browning beretta gunshop Birmingham Birmingham GunshopGunshop Birmingham Gunshop gunshop Birmingham gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop birmingham Rizzini Rizzini Shotgun shotgun gun shop Caesar Guerini AYA Fabarm gun shop browning beretta gunshop Birmingham Birmingham GunshopGunshop Birmingham Gunshop gunshop Birmingham gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop birmingham Rizzini Rizzini Shotgun shotgun gun shop Caesar Guerini AYA Fabarm gun shop browning beretta gunshop Birmingham Birmingham GunshopGunshop Birmingham Gunshop gunshop Birmingham gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop gunshop birmingham Rizzini Rizzini Shotgun shotgun gun shop Caesar Guerini AYA Fabarm gun shop browning beretta gunshop Birmingham Birmingham Gunshop

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